That’s the big question around here this Fiber Arts Friday!
I’ve spent the last few days spinning this amazingly bold and colorful single from Bohemian Knitter Chic Spins.
I know I want to use it to knit a shrug for Jillian. I also don’t want that process to take forever. So I want this gorgeous single to be thicker, but I don’t want to lose yardage. It was only about 3oz to start with, so if I ply it on itself I know it’ll be pretty short for a shrug.
Then I got this fiber in the mail from a prize drawing, and I had inspiration. See how good the two fibers look together?
I had decided to ply them together, which would give me the thicker and longer yarn I want. Now I have two singles:
And now I’m worried about plying. I have seen gorgeous yarns with one rainbow ply and one semi-solid, so I’m hopeful. But I’m also worried that plying might dull the awesome vivid brightness of the rainbow yarn, or that the two colors won’t combine the way I hope they will. Which will set me back to my previous dilemna.
I’m hoping to ply these tonight, and if I don’t like it after a few yards I’ll just unply and re-think. At that point I can ply them each on themselves and use the two yarns to make a stripey shrug, which I may or may not like. Or I can keep the rainbow yarn as it is and just make something smaller, though I don’t know what because Jilly doesn’t like “itchy” yarns next to her neck area (I can’t really get her to wear a scarf at all, regardless of how soft it is).
So wish me luck, fellow fiber artists, on my plying adventures! And after you’re done, go on over to Andrea’s Blog and join the rest of the Fiber Arts Friday fun!