The yarn for this shawl is from Sweet Georgia Yarns fibre club — January 2014 .The colourway is called Night Owl – reminiscent of the night sky with a large moon. It is 75% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and 25% silk. It was beautiful fibre to work with and to spin.
This braid presented an interesting challenge because it used purples and yellows. If I did a 2-ply fractal spinning, there would be moments when those two colours would be plied against each other, and I am not sure that I wanted that look.
I decided to spin it ombre style, to have long, long colourways that slowly move to the next one and then the next one and so on. To do this I separated that colour sections into piles and hand carded them into rolags. Once each one was carded, I carefully put it into an order that would move the colourway from one end to the other. You can see in the photo below all the carefully carded rolags for my first experiment with ombre. This is not the Night Owl colourway, it was another colourway from the fibre club a while back. But it shows what the colour gradations look like within each rolag.
The ball of yarn on the right is the product of those rolags. They were spun for Spinzilla 2013, into thin singles and then Navajo plied to keep the colour intact. The ball on the left is the Night Owl colourway. You can see the intense yellow, then the how it gets lighter, then moves to purples and gets finished off with blue. Just like a night time sky with a big moon.
It took me a while to find the right project. I wanted something that would show off the colour gradations. I also wanted something that was easy to knit because I am working on knitting Continental style after 40+ years of throwing my yarn with my right hand. The Boneyarn Shawl by Stephen West was the perfect solution. Here it is, fresh off the needles with about 2 meters of yarn to spare.
And here it is later in the morning being blocked. The lighting really changes the colours. The shawl ended up being 42″ across and 24″ deep. A very nice sized neck scarf. Enough to wrap around your neck, but not too big that it makes you fuss with it because you have too much around your neck.
A word about blocking – whomever invented blocking wires most certainly has a place in heaven. At least the heaven that knitters know about. Blocking wires make it easy to have crisp lines and to make both sides equal. It is frustrating trying to do that with pins.
And you can see from this photo that I really stretched it in the blocking process, thus opening up the stitches. It is soft and has a lovely drape thanks to the silk. I’m not sure about these colours for me, so watch for it at next year’s guild sale.