Nearing the end of my scheduled project deadlines, I decided to spin up the alpaca stash I’ve built up over the decades. I have taken it upon myself to spin up a couple of skeins of yarn for Nora’s Mom, as I hear she is knitting now quite regularly, and I thought it an excellent opportunity to put to use some of the exotic and luxurious white huacaya suri alpaca I have. Well I asked what color alpaca yarn would she like, and she requested purple.
I asked, not being familiar with a one-tone sort of roving dye experience, ” might you like a reddish purple varigated, sort of plummy …. or maybe a blueish indigo-ey ???”
But Nora’s Mom’s answer was “… just purple “.
Well, Nora’s Mom, here is a nice straight-with-no-chaser PURPLE.
I am not accustomed to having ever before dyed, spun, or knit anything ‘just purple’, especially in such complete unvarigatedness as this alpaca roving I just dyed. Oh and in case you didn’t notice, I’ll point out that it is a bit felted. I was impatient while dying, as I was trying to cook dinner at the same time ( I don’t recommend that), and managed to agitate the roving too much (instead of stirring the soup, perhaps I stirred the steaming dye bath ??)… so I’m paying for that by having to mess with the roving a bit before spinning it. (I think the technical term is ” pre-drafting “.)
Upcoming, a little skein or two of ~ r e g a l but sexy ~ and very purple handspun !