Colors in spinning and knitting

I’m not the best at looking at fiber and understanding intuitively what a finished object would look like when it’s done. For example, I bought some BFL called “Burning Bush” from Spunky Eclectic which looked like this when I got it.

I don’t know what I expected from this, but I didn’t understand how separate and vibrant these colors would turn out in the singles.

First this:

And then this:

I ended up turning it into a hat for Cambria, since all those pinks made it unsuitable for me to wear.  I’m funny like that.  And this reminds me that I need to get a photo of the hat, since I don’t have one right now.

My color sense is improving, though.  In this yarn, I knew from the beginning that there would be a faux-fair-isle look to part of it, but I had no idea that the banding in the different colors would be so even.

Yes, that’s the infamous k2p2-ribbed sock recipe.  It’s a secret, I tell you, so don’t go spreading it around!

And sometimes I know almost exactly how the color is going to work out.  The fiber that I started spinning over the holidays (as noted in this post) is working out almost exactly as I had planned.

Here’s a shot showing off my lovely malachite spindle (my dreamspindle):

Here’s one showing how the singles are spinning up.  Notice the lovely luster the merino/bamboo blend has.

And here is the ubiquitous penny shot (to give a sense of scale):

I’m feeling much more confident in my ability to spin this stuff up.  I might even venture into the carroty silk one day…

But it is nice that I’m starting to have a sense of what the fiber will look like as I work with it.  Now we’ll see if the plied yarn and finished objects look anything like the vision I have in my head.

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