Spun up colorways: Far Pavilions

Sometimes I have a hard time envisioning what a particular colorway will look like once it's spun. I've found time and again that some of my favorite handspun yarns have come from colorways that I was a bit dubious about in top form. I'm hoping to be able to post how some of my colorways look once they're spun up from time to time, and the first one is Far Pavilions.



Here's the colorway in top form on Falkland.

And here it is in spun form, this time on Cheviot.

You can see that the finished yarn comes across as mostly grey, with some purple and blue hints throughout, and occasional pops of orange. I spun this as a simple 2-ply, but the color blending would be even stronger with 3 or more plies.


Conversely, if you chain plied your singles, you'd get a nice striping yarn that would have a bit of color blending at the boundaries between colors, but would keep the nice stratigraphy of color that exists in the top.


I hope this is helpful in allowing you to visualize how your finished yarn might look like once it's spun up. If anyone's interested, I can try to do some comparisons with different spinning styles (i.e. traditional plying, chain plying, singles, etc) on the same colorway.


If you're in the States, Happy Tax Day on Tuesday! For everyone else, I hope you're enjoying some lovely spring/autumn weather (depending on your hemisphere), and happy spinning!



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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Gigi (Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:59)

    Thanks for posting this! I have a fear/fascination about attempting to dye my own fibers, but I've just bought some Earthues dyes and I'm going to take the plunge. It's interesting to see how the colors come through into the yarn in an unexpected way - far less of the light colors came through than I would have thought. Is the dyeing process always unpredictable/surprising?

  • #2

    Rachel Brown (Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:37)

    You're welcome Gigi! I am almost always surprised in some way by how the colors blend from fiber to finished yarn. In this instance, I think the plying of the lighter colors against the darker means that the whole brightness of the yarn is toned down. I suspect that if I knit a swatch with this skein, there would be some points where grey plied with grey, which would make a lighter patch in the fabric. I should post some other examples of fiber-to-yarn (and maybe to-fabric) transformations.

    As for the dyeing process being always unpredictable: I usually start with a colorway in mind (at least in terms of specific colors to use) but how those colors combine on the fiber/in water can be very unexpected. That's part of the fun!

  • #3

    Gigi (Wednesday, 02 May 2012 01:21)

    That's an interesting point - a plied yarn really differs from a single, and certainly my batts don't spin into what I imagine they will, and then of course the knitting makes a difference too :-) So I guess it's the same sort of thing with dyeing in multiple colors. If the weather stays warm enough to keep windows open, (it's been miserable here in London), I'll be rolling up my sleeves this week with my Earthues dyes so I'll see what happens!

  • #4

    Rachel Brown (Thursday, 03 May 2012 21:09)

    I think I'm at the stage where I can visualize (to some degree) what a fiber will look like spun up, but making the jump from there to the look of the knitted fabric is a skill I haven't mastered! I share your pain on London weather - will it every stop raining? I do hope you get to play with some dyes soon. I haven't used Earthues, but I'd love to hear how you get on!

  • #5

    Gigi (Thursday, 03 May 2012 23:58)

    I found this article through the handspinner.co.uk April newsletter; it's from a spinner who has spun up the same dye lot in two different ways and - what a difference! http://lazypeasant.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/what-difference-ply-makes.html

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