Fiber Prep Spinalong

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October 2022 Fiber Prep Spinalong
October 2022 Fiber Prep Spinalong

Earlier this year, I hosted a gradient spinalong with unfortunate results. I never finished my blog post about the experience, but I was left with one resounding realization: I can’t stand huge blocks of color in a gradient. It was boring to spin. It was boring to ply. It was boring to knit. I just can’t do it again.

Fast forward eight months. I received a blending board for my birthday, and it was the answer to all my prayers. (Well, not all of them.)

My birthday present—a blending board
My birthday present—a blending board

I had a second Allons-y braid to mirror the one I spun in January, only this time I plan to break the braid into smaller repeats of color for more, um, visual interest. Instead of flowing from purple to indigo to blue, my plan is:

purple > indigo > blue > blue > indigo > purple > purple > indigo > blue > blue > indigo > purple

The color repeats in my gradient braid
The color repeats in my gradient braid

Of course, I could divide the fiber without a blending board. But creating rolags will give me a lighter, more airy preparation that will be easy to spin and lend itself well to supported spinning.

At the last minute, I decided to incorporate some “glitz” (whatever that is) for sparkle.

A sparkly purple rolag
A sparkly purple rolag

So far (the first day of the actual spinalong), I have blended 12 rolags for about 1.2 oz of fiber to serve as the first color repeat. Am I good at using the blending board? Absolutely not. Am I going to keep working at it? Yes, yes I am!

The first set of blended rolags
The first set of blended rolags

One comment

  1. I bought a blending board this April. It takes time to get used to. My 9 years old granddaughter loves making rolags on it. She has made many that look better than mine. Love playing with it and different combinations of colors and fibers. Your rolags look beautiful! Enjoy the spin!

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