The Saga of the Kelly Green Cardigan – Part 1

The Saga of the Kelly Green Cardigan – Part 1

all right here we go hi I’m Erienne I thought because I’m making this project I would do sort of a start to finish kind of thing on it so here’s the situation my mom asked me to make a cardigan for her for Christmas it is currently the 5th of September she asked me back in like May and I got started late but I decided instead of buying the yarn and just knitting from the yarn I’ve been starting up doing spinning on my drop spindle so I thought I would try to spin all the yarn for her cardigan and then send it and because I’m starting from scratch I thought it might be nice to do sort of like a diary thing and talk about each step of the process so I’m going to show you right now I am blending the rolags that I’m gonna eventually end up using so I thought I would show you what I’ve got here so I’m using four different kinds of fibers to make this blend first of all I have this merino wool in a batt just sort of you know a loose conglomeration this merino is very soft it’s like 21 microns something like that and it has a very short staple so I don’t know if you can see that there but this is like maybe a two inch staple maybe three it’s very short it’s got a lot of crimp very very very soft very pretty it’s sort of a dull green oh there’s a little bit of VM in there sort of a dull isn’t the right word I’d call it maybe camo green grass green it’s got kind of a darker color there and then I’m also blending in same kind of wool same source so merino 21 micron a lot of crimp very short staple length these are both from the Woolery by the way I love the Woolery they’re amazing um but so this is in a blue just to sort of add those sort of dark textures into the blue dark textures dark color add that blue back in to the wool because well my mom really wants she wanted a kelly green cardigan and unfortunately it was hard to find enough kelly green so i’m putting together these marinos to blend some stuff the fourth type of fiber I’m using is this beautiful merino top this is like kelly green this is I think it was literally labeled kelly green um this isn’t quite the color I wanted to really lean into or go for because I think it’s my mom loves this color but I think it’s a little bright for everyday wear the staple length on this it’s also about 21 microns but it’s much longer this is closer to four or five inches so it’s a longer a longer staple length and it has a lot less crimp in it it’s still very soft but it is a longer much longer staple length which has proved to be interesting I’m only using a little tiny bit of this because I didn’t have very much I’ve got like four ounces for an entire sweater so I’ve been blending it about oh you know I’d say each row like has about call it like 20 percent this specific merino Oh actually I think I have the label in here somewhere too – what does this say it just says merino top and then the final fiber I’m using is this really pretty sort of grass green tussah silk and the silk blend is I mean it’s silk so the staple length is you know practically a full foot I have been sort of playing with with it a little bit but so the silk is I usually I use about 30 percent of the on here and this is tussah dyed sort of a grass green color and all these colors together I’m using I am blending so I I got these how I’m blending it I got these hand cards a fiber store that was going out of business because the proprietor had passed away and they were selling off pretty much everything she had the stuff in the store all of her old spinning material and including her her carders I got these for I think there were ten bucks they were really cheap they’re not in the greatest condition in the world the cork on the edge is raveling a lot and it keeps um keeps getting in my fiber but considering they’re my first pair of hand carders and I got them for five bucks secondhand I think they were a good deal um and I’m sure I’m using them wrong so I’m actually going to demonstrate how I am using and filling and loading I wonder what’s the best way to do this work oh gosh you can see my mess alright what’s the best way to do this there we go alright I hope that angle is not horrific so I’m going to show you how I’ve been loading how much I’ve been loading hopefully so that at some point in the future someone can either correct me or I can look at my sad little self the first time ever did this and be like oh you didn’t know what you were doing or maybe I didn’t know what I was doing so I’m mostly the base of this fiber blend is actually the short crimp merino but because it’s so much shorter than I I fill about 40 to 50 percent of the carder with with this this merino but because it is short crimp the interesting thing about it or not short crimped short staple length when it blends with the silk and the long staple length merino it ends up doing sort of a Tweedy feel it’s really interesting um it’s actually a lot more noticeable with the blue merino which I use just a touch just a touch of it to make it but to get that that darker color in to blend it so that it’s not as grassy green and more of an emerald and then I use a little bit of the silk and I love I really like working with tussah it’s so fine I’ve never I’ve never worked with silk before this is my first time working so if this is the first time for a lot of things for me so I’m really excited about it and then just a touch of the kelly green so that’s basic blend on my on my board and I vary out the the way I put it on because my the point here is I’m actually blending this together so it’s as much of an even blend as possible I’m not doing like the art rolag thing where you’ve got the stripes because I’m working with silk and two to three inch staple merino and four inch staple merino and it’s like okay I need to blend this all together so it’s sort of one big thing and like I said I am absolutely certain I’m carding this wrong you can hear the crunching but I mean I don’t know if there’s a wrong if it works for you yeah if / when I ever make this into a real video I’m probably gonna speed up this process oh by the way the silk the tussah silk and the and the kelly green merino with the longer staple length the top are both from northeast fiber arts center in somewhere in Vermont where in Vermont Williston Vermont and we got the very last of their kelly green which is why i only have like four ounces and trying to use it sparingly so I can get it sort of mixed through the whole sweater that’s actually my my number one fear is that I will run out of the kelly green before I have enough yarn for the whole sweater and that I will have to sort of make do with a blend that doesn’t have the kelly green for part of the process which would be a real shame because that’s the color my mom really wanted when I was making this for her unfortunately I don’t have enough of that color to just do a whole sweater that is that kelly green okay all right so that’s my first rolag this is just pass number one it’s just the preliminary blend got everything on there get it all together obviously it’s not the world’s greatest rolag but it doesn’t have to be because I’m gonna be blending this four more times um I’m gonna do that real quick I will I guess super speed the video this will be fun all right so that’s these three done and I usually find that on my initial pass I way overload the carder because I don’t know what I’m doing so what I do is I make three of these and then take these three initial rolags and end up splitting them into four so I’m gonna show you how I do that right now so first I sort of I mostly eyeball it sort of half measure okay what’s the middle what’s the end stick it on there the nice thing about working this way with rolags is I’m not like trying to be you know everything all in the same direction everything super perfect came back here my friend what did you just do where are you going stop going away from me these are very loose rolags so I’m gonna SuperSpeed through this again this is pass number two okay so um I don’t know how well you can see this but so the the we’ve got them sort of starting to blend here here I’ll pull back so you can see them a little bit more the rolags are starting to blend but there’s it’s still not even see there’s a lot more blue and this one there’s a lot more silk in this so now I’m going to do pass number three and I will super speed this and see you in a second and there’s pass number four or sorry pass number three sometimes I would be content with three passes but this still isn’t quite as well blended as I was I would like it to be so I’m going to do pass number four and SuperSpeed towards the end on the last rolag I’m going to show you some oh no actually on the first technique at the end of the first rolag I’ll show you some stuff that I’m doing and how I finish them all right so before I finish I wanted to show you an interesting effect of the short crimp I don’t know if you can see this but because the short staple length of the blue merino because it’s so much shorter than the silk and the other merino instead of blending evenly throughout the thing because I don’t have because I have I don’t know if these are regular or coarse wool carders or whatever but they’re definitely not fine grain carders so they don’t catch the merino very well so instead of blending evenly throughout the piece I get these little flecks of sort of Tweedy looking blue on the edges and I think that’s a really neat and unintended side effect of using the tools I’m using and using the materials I’m using so I’m gonna finish this one up and show you this awesome technique that so I used to before I learned this technique I used to just roll the rolags like you’ve seen me doing and that was how it they would be done and this resulted in very loose rolags especially if there was a high amount of silk in it they were very hard to manage but a couple of youtubers taught me some tricks with knitting needles so I put one under under the fiber one over the top pull it to the edge and then roll it up around the knitting needles and as you can see this results in a very compact almost Puni style rolag and pull out one end pull out the other and then I like to I think they look cool in their little snails so I roll them up in the little snails I don’t know if snail is the right term but I saw um I saw them being sold on Etsy all rolled up like this and I was like oh yeah I like rolags that look like that so yeah I’m gonna do the other three and then in SuperSpeed and then I’ll finish off this video all right and there we have them four little rolags and then I’m gonna put them away inthis plastic bag I labeled it number five because it’s the fifth plastic bag full of legs and I know theoretically I learned today actually that really you’re not supposed to keep wool in plastic bags because it can have problems but all my wool came in plastic bags and I haven’t had any problems with them yet so um so I guess that’s my first ever spin and knit diary I hope that was informative for whoever ends up watching this in the future whether it’s you know future me or trying to remember what I was doing or anyone else who might end up watching this that’s me and this has been a pretty long video so I’m gonna sign off bye

One Reply to “The Saga of the Kelly Green Cardigan – Part 1”

  1. 👍👍👍👍 it was informative for me, who knows nothing. The blend looks really pretty, I love that colour. Also a lot of YouTubers I watch use the same music haha. I found it amusing.
    Would you mind some gentle criticism? There's two or three things that I think would make your next video better (altho this was great!)

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