The Spunky Eclectic Group on Ravelry is having a Combo Spin Along. This is a new thing for me. You take one pretty braid and another, different pretty braid, and you spin them up and ply them together to make something totally new and unique. This is a huge challenge for me. I mostly prefer to let someone else choose the way colors go together, and then I just make the yarn. But I can rise to a new challenge, and this sounded really fun. Besides, since being sick, my fiber stash has grown and I have been itching to spin it – all of it! (to participate in the spin along, at least one of the fibers has to be from Spunky Eclectic, Southern Cross Fibre, or Hello Yarn. See actual Ravelry thread for more details)
So, I started with these. The fiber in the top right is BFL from Dear Husband, colorway Country Fair Girl and the fiber on the lower left is falkland from Spunky Eclectic, colorway Aurora Borealis.
I confess that at this point I almost chickened out. I am not really impressed with the colors in the Dear Husband fiber. I didn’t like them when they arrived in the mail last summer and I still don’t. In contrast, I am completely enamored with the Spunky braid – and the purples and blues of that colorway were utter perfection on their own. How could I blend them with a lesser ply? Fortunately, I recieved three braids of this particular months club, so it didn’t hurt too bad to sacrifice one for the sake of experimentation.
And I am glad that I did.
Now, the Aurora Borealis was a little bit bleedy, if you know what I mean. My fingers turned purple while I was spinning it (to which The Princess inquired, “Why are your fingers purple? Can I dye mine green?”). There had been some discussion in the Spunky Ravelry club about this, so it wasn’t a surprise. I knew it would bleed into the water when I washed the finished yarn, and I knew that the flashes of yellow and white might pick up the blue and become greenish and blue. But, at this point, I was in experimentation mode and was just going with the flow. I love the way it worked out, even without the yellow and white.
It’s going to make great longies!