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Spun sunset

A few months back I bought a gorgeously dyed rolag of wool from the SA Hand-spinners and Weavers. At first I thought it was just made with orange, blue and pink dye, but the more I spun it, the more colours I found that had been created by mixing of dyes, and the more I fell in love with the piece. I took a few photos at different times during spinning, so you can get a bit of an idea at the range of shades there are.

As usual I apologise that the quality of my photos do not sufficiently convey the amazing colours.


After a bit of spinning I decided to mix the rolag up a bit. Up to this point I had been breaking bits off one end of the rolag (so that I didn’t have to hold the whole piece while spinning). But I realised that not all colours were throughout the length of the wool. Not wanting there to be an imbalance of colour in whatever I would make (especially as I don’t know what that’s going to be yet), I broke it up into pieces and mixed them up before spinning them together. The size and length of the pieces was mostly determined by where the fibres naturally came apart from each other.


After my previous experience of spinning multi-coloured wool, I made the most of how separate these colours were from each other, and spun longer lengths of each colour to reduce muddiness once plyed together.

And here it is, 100 grams of spun wool:


I think it looks like the colours of a sunset. The theme of which may continue into whatever I make it into (possibly something woven or knitted in a semi-circular shape to reflect a sun setting).


Just imagine that the colours are more vibrant and deeper than the photo above.

I used navajo plying, as I could make use of the full length of my spun wool without having to take it all off the spindle and make a big mess measuring it to make 2ply or 4ply yarn. At the start I was making links that were around an arm’s length long (to make it easier to loop onto the spindle), but eventually the links were up to 5 metres long as I tried to get the transition between colour changes less visible.

I have no real thought’s on what to make out of it yet, I’ll be sure to let you know when I do make something though. For now I might just look at it and stroke it whenever I feel the mood strike me.

Special thanks to Marian Rich who dyed the wool such amazing and inspiring colours



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