Treefall

Treefall in the dyepot

Treefall in the dyepot

The latest yarn is off the wheel and I’ve decided it looks like the season upon us.  Treefall started as a mixed breed wool combed top dyed.  I’m going to have a big project with lots of browns, so I started experimenting to see what kind of browns I could get.

Bright yellow and pinks laid the foundations, then greens were added to muddy the color.  The wet roving looked like I was going to get some really dark brown, but once it dried the color was lighter and warmer.  The fun surprise was that in places the brown color broke and I had some greens peek through!

Treefall finished roving

Treefall finished roving

I spun the yarn into a single and then loaded it onto a ball winder.

Treefall single loaded on a ball winder

Treefall single loaded on a ball winder

The colors looked very warm and crisp on the ball.  After I plied them into a 2-ply, the skein had a more heathered-effect.  Lovely!

Skein of homespun and hand-dyed wool

Skein of homespun and hand-dyed wool

Homespun Honeysuckle

I’ve had fun this summer learning to spin on my Cassandra wheel by JMS Spinning Wheels.  Part of the fun is playing with the colors that develop when the wool spins onto the bobbin.  Now as I look around my yard, I see so many colorways that I would like to duplicate in yarn.  This yarn was inspired by my honeysuckle.

This yarn started as an experiment in using pokeberries as dyestuff (I’ll talk about that more in another post).  I also dyed some wool roving using food coloring.  After dyeing the wool roving, I hung it up to dry–my, it turned out so bright and pretty!

In the dye bath

Drying in the sunReady to spin!

The next step was to spin the wool onto bobbins.  One of the best thing about my wheel is that it came with 8 bobbins and a lazy kate.  (I never thought I would need so many bobbins, but it is amazing how many projects you can get going at once!)  After the singles were prepared, I plyed them to make the finished yarn, about 450 yards worth.

Pokeberry on the left and food coloring on the right.

Pokeberry on the left and food coloring on the right.

Homespun Honeysuckle Skein

I think this project turned out very nicely.  This skein is already into the hands of a knitter, so hopefully I’ll have some pictures to show how the yarn works up.