Yarn in Bloom
This is a new color combination that was inspired by a pile of yarn lying around (funny how that happens....a lot.) I loved the pinks, purples, and green with a little grey. It seems very fresh.
So the first step is pretty fun: collecting all the colors that I want to use, and putting them in a beautiful order. I aim for balance of color and value (light/dark). Of course, a person could re-arrange them while knitting (I've done that myself) and I wouldn't be offended! It's all good.
The next step gets technical and not quite so fun. The weighing. Everything gets wound from skeins to cakes, so I can pull out 10 gram sections. They are supposed to be a little "random" for that "scrappy" look, so I change it up anywhere from 8 grams to 12 grams. But I don't go more or less than that, because I want the entire ball--15 sections--to weigh approximately 150 grams.
Then all those little 10 gram (approximately) sections get lined up like little soldiers for the sweat-shop assembly-line winding session. Do you get the picture that this is not my favorite part? My mom helps with all the winding. Hello Mom's hand in the photo above! It is a big job! You would think--looking at that table that you could whiz through that pretty quickly. But if you have ever tried to wind a zillion little balls at one time, you would know......it actually takes hours. I can usually only do 10 balls in a day. And rarely do I do so many (above) at once, but this was a new color and I have a yarn show plus an etsy update so I thought I'd do a big batch.