Today I finished plying up the 2nd bump of Becoming Art Mermaid merino fiber. With the second bump, I split it in half lengthwise rather than matching ends and splitting entirely in half. I like that the lengthwise split (this is along the whole length of the fiber so that you have 2 very long pieces with similar color repeats) because it offered me longer color repeats. Plus, when I plied it, the colors were more likely to match: greens to greens, browns to browns, purples to purples and so on.
I like plied handspun, but when the mashup of colors is too contrasty, it makes my head spin (think Chester Cheetah style). I usually buy the hand dyed fibers because I like the brilliance of colors. Sometimes, I’m disappointed by how much blending or muddling happens in the spinning process, especially when plying. So, it was really fun to experiment. And delightfully, they don’t look terribly different.
I’m thinking about making a hat or some fingerless gloves where the handspun is the design detail color and using a solid against it. More to come… 🙂