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Posted - 01/04/2009 :  11:31:31 PM  Show Profile Send carolron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a rose and a pink which look very nice together. Quite a bit of the roving of each, actually. I want to blend them, but here's what I've found.
If I card them together thoroughly, I get a mid-shade no feature boring bunch of fiber.
If I use pink for one ply, and rose for the other, I get stripes. I don't really want stripes.
Hints, anyone? Bold ideas? What if I blend in some white somehow? Okay, how?
Please and thank you.....

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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  04:54:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about carding them together not thoroughly (the "mid-shade no feature boring bunch of fiber" takes quite a lot of work, actually)? Somewhere here there's also a thread on how to blend roving without carding equipment - you might check that out. Or spin a bit of one, then of the other - that'll give you separate colours if you Navajo ply, or random changes (stripes, pure rose, pure pink) if you do a two-ply.

Whatever you choose, have fun! Klara
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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  05:18:44 AM  Show Profile Send Chemcats a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Carol, can you get your hands on Spin Off?? The Fall 2007 issue has a fantastic article dealing with just this topic! They do have the article posted on their web site..

Fantastic article!! With what you described, I am sure that one of her many examples will help you find the effect you want.

Also, you can try to spin from the fold vs worsted....that will change things alot.

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New Pal

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Posted - 01/05/2009 :  10:39:18 AM  Show Profile Send carolron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you both so much! I just knew someone at Knitter's Review would have answers for me. I read that Spin Off article, too. Now I have to try some to see what strikes my fancy.
You are great!
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Posted - 01/06/2009 :  7:18:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could just predraft them together, as if they were a single length of roving. you might get swirly moments, then mostly rose or pink moment, then gentler blended moments.

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Posted - 01/08/2009 :  4:30:34 PM  Show Profile Send Jaknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jen, you describe these moments as if they were colorful attributes of a fine wine! I want to try this blend for sure.

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