Saturday, October 9, 2010

Final Rainbow Scarf Pictures

Just because. I won't see this again for a long time.
To showcase the color changes I decided to pack this up ridged. I had to sew the riges in but it is easily unsewn.
I think this plastic thing originally held shower curtains but I can't say. I guess it is slightly snazzier than a ziplock bag. Now I need to write up scarf care instructions.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

It's a rainbow

It's hard to show it all in one photo so here's 5. There is a bit of color overlap. I guess each color blend is about 3 bars but it's not quite consistent because of my inconsistent spinning but it averages out.
I think it will be dry by tomorrow. This is avery warm scarf, much thicker than my lace projects.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Rainbow Scarf is done

Amazingly the yarn ended up ending where I estimated it would. I have blocked it to be exactly 6 feet 4 inches long because that is the height of the actuary. Supposedly scarves should be as long as the person is tall. It was 5'4" before washing but silk and alpaca tend to grow when wet and I went with it.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fifty Percent by Weight...

Maybe.  My plan to compensate the yardage discrepancy is not quite working out but I think I'll let it go.  If the second half is similar to the first this will be 52 inches long unblocked.  I anticipate that it will lengthen considerably when I wash and block it as silk and alpaca are wont to do.
I think it looks good though. The actuary should be pleased.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

First Ten Percent

What's cool about color transitions is that I can SEE how much yarns I have used by the color changes. I have 10 color transitions which are approximately the same length so I know that I am about 10% done. I decided to alternate colors every other row rather than every 2 rows. I guess the colors will be less distinct but I think that's OK. I also have a KYOPYO row followed by K2TP2T repeated at a 12 row interval to compensate for the spinning discrepancy. The 2 colors ended up both weighing 126 grams. The 'white' is 15% longer than the 'brown'.
You can kinda make out my correction as a subtle ridge about every 2 inches(5 cm)
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

All spun up and ready to go

All right now! I wound the yarn into skeins, washed each first in with synthrapol, rinse, then a pleasant mild shampoo, rinse twice, wrap up in a towel, thwack a bunch of times to even out the twist, then overnight on my sweater dryer.  As of this posting that link brings you to one on amazon retailing for 29.99 which is a great deal.  This thing has been an incredible boon to meOnce dry, I made these yarn cakes and now I can start my project.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spun and Plied

Finally! All spun and Plied!First the one ply which looks quite shiny

Then the finished product, Navaho plied, a first for me. Navaho ply means making a giant crochet chain, spinning it up instead of tightening it. It allows one to maintain color transition from a single. Funny how it didn't make sense to me until I did it.
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Roving and Trader Joe Cookies

Yesterday I figured out that trader joe cookie bins make perfect containers for roving.
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