What Color Merino

Well, ended up with 949 feet of a single ply yarn from spinning the Merino fleece. I had wanted to ply it into a 3 strand Navajo ply. The single ply was too thin and kept rolling back upon itself. Hence, I decided to go ahead with a 2 ply yarn. The end result is beautiful. I like how Merino has that spongy kind of bounce to it and when put into more than a single ply you get more bounce for your money.  Now I must decide what color to dye this skein of yarn and what I will name it. I was thinking maybe  a color in the red family, and then I was thinking perhaps something in the purple family,  and then I thought of yellows and reds that blend into oranges. The possibilities are endless. Will come back and finish this post once I have come up with my final decision.

OK, I’m back and after setting the twists in the 2 ply yarn I have finally put dye to the Merino and come up with a name. This baby is named, “Simply Scarlet”. The Merino yarn took in all the dye as noted when removing the yarn from the bath. Bath was completely clear of dye and the coloring of the dye gave the yarn a slightly variegated look. Though, when hand-dyeing yarns how fibers will take on dye is sometimes very unpredictable. If there are kinks in the yarn, an area tied to tightly, or even a slight difference in spinning technique of the same yarn, all can effect the outcome of dye color.  Now I wish I had spun more. This would make a beautiful sweater or cowl. The good thing is that I wrote everything down, and can reproduce the dye bath. Now the unveiling of “Simply Scarlet”.

The stats on “Simply Scarlet” are as follows:

WPI: 18

Weight: 1.9 ounces

Ply: 2

Yards: 158

 

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2 thoughts on “What Color Merino

    • Thanks Tina. Enjoyed spinning the Merino. Have more I need to spin. But will dye the fiber before I spin, and spin random colors at a time…I think. Can you tell…I was in my scarlet mood!

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