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Chloroplast Blast!!!

Chloroplast Blast! is the February colorway for the Bam Huey 2017 year of Color.

How about a nice close up Chloroplast Blast!
How about a nice close up Chloroplast Blast!

The Spinning Box theme for this month is Fruit Orchard.  I always try to think a little outside the box when following a theme.  I figured many of the contributions would be bright and juicy colors.  I thought about what fruits would make a good color combination…….I thought and thought and thought……  but nothing came to mind that I had not done already.  Finally it struck me, what is in EVERY fruit orchard?!?!?! Leaves!  Yes those every-shade-of-green-under-the-sun leaves.  Those beautiful leaves do so much of the work to produce those juicy fruits I figured they deserved the spotlight this month.

Knit samples of Chloroplast Blast!
Knit samples of Chloroplast Blast!

I used 5 greens in a streak dying method, meaning that all color is painted on with the grain of the fiber.  This is done mostly random with a little control….you know me, I can’t give up ALL control :)  The colors are then bled into one another to create even more shades of green.  When the Bam Huey Fiber is spun across the top, one end to the other it creates a blended color. The well blended multi single can then be plied with bright colors to tone them down, or match one of the many shades of green with a solid green which will result in a slightly tweedy look once knit up.

Bam Huey Hat with random spun Chloroplast Blast in Sport and DK weight yarn.
Bam Huey Hat with random spun Chloroplast Blast in Sport and DK weight yarn.

The hat was knit with a DK weight for the ribbing and the body of the hat with a light sport weight.  When spinning the yarn used for the body, I picked out the darker shades of green and spun them on one bobbin then spun the lighter shades on another bobbin and plied them together.  The ribbing yarn I tried to spin larger sections of a color at a time rather than blending them while spinning.  If you look close at the picture you can see some color difference, but not a whole lot.

This light weight Bam Huey Hat is only 1 1/2 oz!
This light weight Bam Huey Hat is only 1 1/2 oz!

I found the best way to show the different colors in Chloroplast Blast! was to spin the fiber one end to the other and Navajo ply.  Here is the continuation of the Bam Huey 2017 Year if Color Scarf using the Navajo 3 ply.

Chloroplast Blast! added to the Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Scarf.
Chloroplast Blast! added to the Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Scarf.

On of my favorite yarns to make is a 2 ply consisting of 1 ply  very thin and colorful, and the other muted and fluffy. I forgot to take pictures of the yarn before knitting, but here are the tail ends which shows what I mean.

Thick and Thin plied
Thick and Thin plied

I also love knitting little purses in one piece on straight needles.  I think what I do is some type of double knitting but have never looked it up to check.  On this little purse I used the Chloroplast Blast with a thin ply of Burning Bush on one side and the other is the Chloroplast Blast with a thin ply of Calm Waters.

Chloroplast Blast! plied with lace Burning Bush
Chloroplast Blast! plied with lace Burning Bush
Chloroplast Blast! plied with Calm Waters
Chloroplast Blast! plied with Calm Waters

 

 

 

 

 

Side view
Side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve done a video again this month, you can check it out here on youtube.

Hope you enjoy spinning the Chloroplast Blast.  It will be listed in the shop Tuesday 2/28/17 for those of you who missed out on the Club!

Until next time, Happy Spinning and Knitting,

Cheryl

 

Dreaming, Planning, Waiting for the Color Explosion of Bam Huey.

Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club

Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber club is now open, even while we are in the process of moving…….a VERY long slow process!! We sold our house almost 2 years ago and moved into my Mother-in-Law’s basement apartment. The plan was to help MIL through her two knee replacements and search for a new house.  Our goal was to be back in our own home in 1-2 years.  June 2nd 2016 we purchased our new home!

The Newhouses' New House!
The Newhouses’ New House!

We are taking a year to fix up the house and move in.  Only 6 more months to go.  The painting is 90% done, some kitchen tile, and a load of gravel to spread for walk ways/fire break to go….then it will finally be time to have my studio put in! Once my studio is in, it is good bye Portland, Hello Richland :)  The best new is that I have been able to keep up with my dyeing and spinning though out it all. Which brings me to the title of this post…. Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club!

Sign up for this year’s fiber club is now open.  This year it will be an explosion of color.  Each month of the Bam Huey 2017 Year of Color Fiber Club will bring a new colorway to the Bam Huey line.  There are HUGE savings for joining early. Purchase your membership before the end of day December 15th 2016 to get the best savings.Bam Huey Cub purchase options here.

Dreaming, Planning, Waiting for the Color Explosion of Bam Huey.
Dreaming, Planning, Waiting for the Color Explosion of Bam Huey.

Each month, after shipping club orders I will post pictures and samples of how one can spin up the new colorway.  When I develop a new colorway I have a plan in mind as to how it should be spun to achieve the outcome I am looking for.  Of course you can spin the fiber ANY WAY YOU WANT, but I thought you might be interested in seeing my intent.  I plan to spin each colorway in 4 different styles, and hopefully knit up into a sample so you can see how different one colorway can be.  My hope is that club members will experiment and share pictures of their spinning.  Postings will be made here on my blog, New Hue Handspuns Facebook Page.  and New Hue Handspuns Ravelry group