AND knit something for my Granddaughters. This meant they needed to choose the colourways.
Unicorns and Moana
I know their favourite colours because during lockdown I had sent them photos of yarn to choose from and made them each a headband. This was my starting point to design their yarn. I also asked them to send me photos of their favourite clothes and toys. Hence we have a unicorn (owner is dressed for ballet). And the other loves the beach and swimming. She is seen sewing in her favourite dress and we have a paua. Add marshmellow toasting one day at the bach and some garden roses.
Mood board 5
Next I dyed the fleece using Ashford dyes.
Self- striping yarn
Combining it with end-of-the-line Ashford greys, I set about blending a self-striping yarn. One blend had more pink for unicorns and ballet. The other had more teal. I plied this hand spinning each with a commercial yarn to retain the separate colours. To date my dyeing, blending and spinning has got ahead of my knitting ability. I am still searching and developing ideas for a knitting pattern to use for this yarn.
A Cosy Winter Beret
Ashford Blending Project: A Cosy Winter Beret
Learning from an Expert. Proportions of colours are given weight.