Thursday, July 26, 2012

Double Marl Thursday


Hi Knitters,
I hope you are all doing well this week. We have finally gotten a couple days of rain around here and things are looking a little bit greener. That is a happy thing. The brown grass and dying greenery everywhere you turn has been a little depressing this summer. Hopefully the rain will continue off and on for awhile.

I am sharing some details about a hank of handspun yarn I recently finished. I was reading the Knitty.com blog quite a long time ago where Jillian Moreno wrote about a spinning technique called Double Marl. You can read about it by clicking right here. I immediately wanted to try this technique with some of the more colorful roving I had because it distributes the color so nicely.

I also like it because it is incredibly fast and a good way to whip up a bulkier weight yarn. I don't want to only spin fingering weight yarn. I want a good mix of colors, yarn weights, fibers, gradients, striping, etc. Why else would you spin? It's all about variety, creation, trying new techniques, learning more about wool and various fibers, experimenting and mostly having fun!


Here is the unbraided roving I picked up in.... Kentucky! You saw that coming. It is Falkland wool, 4oz.  It is from Dyeabolical Yarns and is in the ever-popular Themyscira colorway. This roving is so beautiful and vibrant.


Basically, you separate the roving into thin pinky size strips. You can kind of see I started pulling the skinny strands apart above. I didn't do any pre-drafting at all. Then you take two of the thin strips of roving and spin them together to get your singles.


I kind of think of it almost as a sort of 4-ply in the end because you are taking two strands to make the singles and then plying the two singles together to get the finished yarn. I know that isn't exactly true because you don't have 4 singles you are plying together but the way the colors mix together you are getting that from the four pieces of roving spun together.


Isn't it gorgeous? The colors just pop out at you.


In the end I got 150 yards of a bulky weight yarn. I am definitely going to make Molly's Mittens with this skein of Themiscyra. Click here to see the pattern for Molly's Mittens. This is the perfect yarn to make a super cute pair of mittens for the winter ahead. When we go skating outside in the bitter cold Wisconsin winter season I'll have on my watermelon socks and my Themyscira mittens and....


My Thorpe hat for which I spun the yarn using the same double marl technique last winter. The color mix and distribution in the knit fabric is so effective. And look how great those tassels turned out with the double marl yarn. They are barber pole goodness.

I'll share my finished Molly's Mittens when they are done. This mitten pattern is so fast and simple. I can't even count the number of times I've used this pattern, over and over again.

I best get back to work now. I'll return soon with much more on the knitting front.
best, susie

14 comments:

Zenitude (formerly Wooly Knits n Bits) said...

How beautiful! I really want to try that technique. You're right, spinning is all about creativity and trying different things. I need to try making a bulky yarn this way. Thx for the inspiration.

Colleen said...

Gorgeous!

Sara said...

That technique is very clever! Your yarn is just gorgeous. I'm going to have to give this a try when I get home from Knitting Camp!
Sara

idiosyncraticeye said...

Such gorgeous yarn! And so clever to get it from fluffy stuff to amazingly complex yarn then to knit it up! :)

BCGramma said...

Absolutely beautiful. The colors are phenomenal. I'm trying to resist learning to spin, but when I see incredible yarn like you've created, I weaken my resolve.

Suzanne said...

It's amazing what you can do with roving.

Kepanie said...

So cool! You've had terrific outcomes w/both projects, Susan.

cockney blonde said...

Love the yarn, the colours, the technique. In fact everything about it. Thanks for sharing, x

nannee said...
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nannee said...

oh my, now to decide which project to start first!!
i noticed the weight scale, please tell me where i might order one
thanks!!

Susan B. Anderson said...

nannee, i got my scale at William Sonoma:)

nannee said...

just placed my order!

Mim said...

Susan, I really don't like this spinning thing you are doing. Because it makes me want to learn to spin so I can make beautiful yarn like yours! And I am really not ready to make that kind of financial commitment yet. LOL That yarn is gorgeous and I love the Thorpe hat. You rock or spin or something. ;0)

Deborah said...

I love the colors! Interesting technique.