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« on: September 05, 2006 12:02:15 PM »

I have a stepson named Jaden, who I love dearly, and we only get him during the summer.  The other 9 months of the year, he's with him mom.. 900 miles away.  A couple weeks ago, just a few days before Jaden left to go back to his mom's, I started dying some roving.. the first time I'd done that when he's been here.  Of course, as a four year old, he wanted to help. So I got out another strip and let him pick colors, helped him mix them, let him put the dye on the roving, then let him watch as I wrapped it, steamed it, and rinsed it. He was delighted during the whole process, continually referring to the wool happily as "my colors."

So a few days after he left, I decided to spin it. I wish I had taken a picture of the roving before spinning, as the spinning process really muted the colors. Lately I've been spinning relatively even, light worsted weight, 2-ply yarn. But this, I decided, I would spin as a bulky thick and thin single. So I spun it, and was a bit disappointed when it wasn't bulky enough, and I only had 40 yards. I had been hoping to make a beanie. And so I thought about my options. I didn't want to dye another batch, as I wanted all the colors in this yarn to be Jaden's. I could ply it, but I didn't have any yarn "special" enough to ply it with. But then, when I decided to go ahead and wind it into a ball, I saw it. A center pull ball of my first, undyed, handspun yarn. Jaden's first dyed wool, and my first handspun, plyed together. It was perfect. This, unfortunately, dulled the colors even more and only yielded 35 yards, but I still loved the yarn. What on earth was I going to make with 35 yards? Certainly not the beanie I had envisioned. But I wanted something that I would get a lot of use out of, but wouldn't be harsh on the yarn. I also didn't want to use a pattern, because I wanted it to be mine and Jaden's creation only. Then I remembered a neckwarmer that an etsy buddy had crocheted out of some of my handspun that had turned out beautifully. I'd have just enough yarn, and it would be simple enough to wing it without a pattern. And so, this special neckwarmer was born:


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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006 12:09:59 PM »

What a lovely story behind a beautiful neckwarmer  Smiley

The colors are very delicate, I`m sure Jaden will be proud when he sees the result  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006 12:12:53 PM »

oooh! Your story made me tear up. I'm such a sap... it's a very lovely neckwarmer, and the colors are still very nice. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2006 02:14:55 PM »

very pretty and very special. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2006 02:59:26 PM »

Awww... such a sweet story, and a very pretty neckwarmer!:D

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2006 09:22:10 PM »

*tear* adorable story and an adorable neckwarmer..
it must be so hard to only see him parts of the year... Cry

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