I was happily spinning up the black llama and was nearly finished it when I was struck by a memory.
I hate knitting with black yarn.
It is difficult to see what I am doing, I can’t read my knitting. Why am I setting myself up for a project frought with frustration? Maybe it’s my eyesight, maybe it’s the poor lighting of the spaces where I do most of my knitting these days [the bus and Skytrain]. So last Sunday, I decided on Plan B.
Background: A while ago I purchased a couple skeins of commercially spun yarn that, from a distance, was a lovely green. Up close, and peeling apart the three plies that the yarn consisted of, I discovered that the yarn was actually a black, grey and light green single; all working together to make a green yarn. It was so clever and interesting for the eye. I was determined to try it out for myself.
So, I quickly finished spinning up the 100 g “bump” of black llama and then started on a 100 g bump of grey cria alpaca that came from another local farm. Thanks to the Eastern and Western Grey Cup Semi Finals [Canadian Football League] that were on television last Sunday, I had several hours of spinnning. I was able to get two full bobbins of black llama and grey alpaca. In my cluster of unfinished spinning projects, I had a full bobbin of green merino/tencel/nylon blend from Sweet Georgia Yarns. I had spun it fine, and it took such a long time to fill one bobbin, I just never managed to get back to spinning up a second one for plying. But this one was perfect. For this Plan B, I needed thinly spun singles, and these three that I had on hand, was what I believed would do the trick.
So I plied the three together. I have about 1/2 a bobbin filled, but have had to take a break from it due to a fantastically crazy work schedule this week that has me out of town, and away from my wheel. I will finish it up this weekend — watching the Grey Cup Final, and take some photos so you can see there is method [and reasonably good results] to my madness.