A month or so ago I bought some wool fiber on Etsy (from Gnome Acres, who specialize in dyeing slightly nerdy colourways. I got the yarn for the Phoenix socks from them as well.) The colour scheme was inspired by the opening credits of the latest season or so of Doctor Who - swirling blue and purple, and it was called Into the Vortex.
As I started spinning it up I was fascinated by the way the act of spinning mimics the motion of the vortex animation - the constant mixing, swirling, and separating of the various shades of wool. Even in the singles this is evident....
and in the plied yarn, even more so.
One skein ended up pretty evenly mixed, with the blue and the purple plied with each other most of the time. The other one is much more distinct -- long sections of mostly-blue alternating with long sections of mostly-purple. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to try to mix them together - a few rows from one skein, a few from the other -- or just let things be.
|A wee bit darker than this in real life. The sunlight washed it out a bit.|
I'm planning to make this into socks. I thought about carrying the twisty-vortex idea to its extreme and doing spiral-rib tube socks... but that would just be too much. I'm thinking a basic rib, with perhaps a cable thrown in somewhere to carry on the vortex motif. And I think I'll have to go against my usual desires and knit these toe-up -- since I'm not quite sure how long the homespun yarn will go. It's about the weight and approximate yardage of a hank of sock yarn, but mine is a tiny bit thicker and I'm sure will knit up differently. But we shall see!
|Brand new DPNs to assist in the knitting process.|
It's squooshy and soft, but sturdy. I like it :-D