Cleaning out the yarn cupboard can produce some really amazing surprises, especially if you have a dysfunctional memory or are highly skilled in Denial (hello, that's me, plus a little from door number one.)
Apparently in a previous Twisted Fiber Art club signup I asked for three different rovings dyed in an evolution - which is to say, a colour that slowly shifts from A to B to C, rather than in a perky A-B-C, A-B-C, A-B-C sequence or some other variation.
I am pretty sure I did this 'for a change', and perhaps even to make myself knit different things. But the fact is, evolutions are a very specific sort of material. You can't, for example, with just one skein knit something in a pair that is going to come out perfectly symmetrical - because you will have A and a bit of B for one of them, and some more B plus some C on the other.
If you are a symmetrical person (hi again!) this will drive you absolutely bats. And that means that an evolution will force you to make singleton projects - hats or cowls or, most often, shawls. Shawls from evolution-dyed yarns are hugely popular and so, so pretty.
Which is nice, but I don't wear shawls. I mean, I have lots. I've designed several and knit other people's designs and I love them, truly, but they aren't me and even worn as scarves, they just don't work for me... probably because I keep knitting in colours I'm not wearing the day I reach for those shawl-scarves. And all that explains why all three braids have been lurking in my stash cupboard.
Until now. Dabnabbit, I want to clear out that cupboard! So I went ahead and prepped all of them. Let's start with Berry:
This cute colourway drifts through purples and blues and pinks, and it is promising me to work well as fingerless gloves provided I've divided it evenly for a shot at two small skeins of matching evolutions. I'll aim for sport weight and hope for the best.
This one is called Wilderness and I can't for the life of me think why I didn't order more of this in yarn at the end of that club because WOW. I divided the braid into two and I'm going to go for bulky with a gorgeous autumn-friendly cowl in mind. Or... maybe another handspun hat.
This one is Velvet, and I can only assume that my love for Wilderness was temporarily hijacked by Velvet because I have a lot of it in my stash. Without thinking, I bought two skeins of it in a DK weight yarn plus the Apricot contrast, and two more skeins of it in a sport weight plus the Apricot contrast, as well as the original braid, and that is just crazypants. Also that is a lot of yarn. I made a hat, a cowl, and a woven scarf, and that's just with the DK... and I still have a little more of that, without touching the stuff in Playful. Gah!
So the plan here is to spin the roving into a sport weight evolution - one of them from A to C, the other from C to A, and then weave a scarf with the Apricot non-handspun yarn serving as the very stable contrast. Ideally, the Cs will meet in the middle and I will look like a genius.
Hey, it could happen, right? But you know what will happen for sure: me being back here again on Monday. Hope I see you then and in the meantime, have a great weekend!