Purple and Green make...


I have finally finished all my unbloggable work except for the editing portion which will probably be ongoing for a month or more. That means I can now do stuff just for me! Yay. Don't get me wrong, I love the stuff I was doing, but it's a relief to have the work done.

The first thing on my plate was to do something with that yummy sage green silk/merino blend I've been spinning.

I only had a small amount left, just enough to half fill a bobbin, so I decided, instead of doing another navajo ply, that I would make a funky tweedy yarn with something else from my stash. But what? I have some beautiful green fiber from my parents, but I have enough of that to make a garment and don't want to disperse too much of it amongst other projects. Plus, green and green is not so exciting a combo. It occurred to me that I have a nice quantity of purple merino/silk that my brother gave me last year. Basic color theory would tell you that purple and green are not generally a combo that would blend well, but I wasn't going to be deterred by none of them thar theories. So I cranked out a half bobbin of beautiful purple roving into some very fine gauge singles to be plied with the green.

In total, I spun up about 1.6 ounces of each fiber.

I plied them together and noticed that the bobbin, when being filled (i.e., spinning really fast) was actually a navy shade. Who would of thought?

Close up, there's no navy at all, but the overall effect is sort of a deep muted shade of bluish something.

It's a little hard to put your finger on it.

I love all the various colors that shine through. The green had a lot of red, yellow and bits of blue in it, so that areas of the yarn show no green at all, but instead, soft shades of pink or a shocking flash of blue.

I'm not sure I'd suggest this color combo, but I think there's a place for it in my stash.


  1. Ounces: 3.6 ounces
  2. WPI: 20 (give or take)
  3. Weight: Lace/Sock
  4. Yards: 380

It's fairly consistent though, while getting used to the WooLee Winder, I did manage to get a few underspun bits in the green singles. even so, the yarn should knit up pretty evenly.


That's just lovely. I assume that trimming or striping in a silk merino of a blue or navy tone when you knit produce a striking effect.

By jove, you've done it... you created the color from the Terry Pratchett Discworld books. I have a headache and can't think of the name tonight, but it's a purply/yellowish green.

By the way, if it won't fit into your stash... just sayin...

first words out of my mouth "ooooo." very nice. i wanna get a woolee winder, but finances prohibit at this time. i wonder if i can write it off as a business expense? (i'm gonna hit etsy up soon)

Purple and green are, of course, the Wimbledon colors. Panda knows that from playing so much doggie tennis and undoubtably influenced you subconciously.

Just beautiful, really lovely!

I agree, it is really pretty!

Fabulous! It's a shame you don't have a yarn shop!

Fabulous! It's a shame you don't have a yarn shop!

Looks like a mermaid tail or alabaster. Very pretty!

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