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I wanted to spin some yarn that when knitted into something, looked like my favorite workplace garden. I’d never seen anything like this, so I had to think about this one for awhile.


So what's in it? Purple coneflower, black eyed susan, roses that turn from pink to white (and always one lonely hot pink colored rose that grows on the same bush)... blue spikey things, pale yellow I-don't-know-whats that stick out to the side....a lot of lovely colors you'd never wear together. I found this intriguing.

It would have to be crocheted. I could spin some yarn using small lengths of each color, but that wouldn’t look like flowers when knitted, it would just make stripes that probably wouldn’t look like much from a distance. So crocheting it would keep each segment of color in its own little “chunk”. To get crochet to turn into flowers, it had to be spun a few inches of green (for leaves), a few inches of sunflower yellow (for the black eyed susans), a few of dark brown (for the flower center), a few more of sunflower yellow, then more green. The same theme was followed for coneflowers, using 2 shades of pinky/purple with a brown center and green between every flower colored set for leaves. The blue spikey flowers were just done as a chunk of blue and likewise for the pale yellow ones.

width="600" See the black eyed susan?

Since the pale yellows are larger and stick out sideways in the garden, I left some fluff sticking out of the yarn to the side (for funkiness) which I could pull to one side of the item as I crocheted it. The roses were pink and white spun together a little fatter and softer to get that fluffy mix of pink and white. This yarn was left a singles, not plied, because it made it easier to keep the colors true. This was my first singles, (I always plied before) I wet it to set it once it was done (cool water), and let it dry outside in the heat and shade.  It wasn’t as horridly unravelly to work with as I had feared!

I was also going to do a tank top, but the spinning wasn’t going smoothly. Even though I’d predrafted all the wool into about 4 inch lengths, it was still a stop-and-go project, not smooth quick spinning. I had even started crocheting with one ball before I was done spinning the other. So, I only felt like doing enough to make the ends of a scarf (well, I’m doing it for the joy of the hobby, right? So if the joy is gone, time to move on!) Now that I’d started, I had learned I really could work with singles without it falling apart like ancient spider webs, so I had something else I wanted to try! I took the same colors and spun them together in long strips, eyeballing about how much length I’d need to get a few rows of each color, (not just one row). Each color was blended gradually together by spinning the two adjacent colors together for a couple of rows length.  Now I can enjoy my favorite garden in winter, when everything seems so brown for so long!


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