In my last post I had found this top - it's Rosebud's Request from the current Knit N Style, not a magazine that I buy all the time, but sometimes there are some good patterns in it - like this one! It's free online right now, so I've printed it out, and am in serious want! I've been thinking about what to make it out of, and I have commercial stuff in my stash that would work (several variations there). But in thinking about it, thought that handspun would probably do the trick nicely. I've mentioned that I have some Optim in stock that I'm planning on dyeing and putting up on-line at some point. I know - I really need to - I've just been awfully busy, and am just starting to feel like I'm getting back into my routines.
So anyhow - I looked at the pattern construction - basically it's constructed in 4 pieces - all starting at the corners and working up. I don't think that I want to bother with cutting the yarn all the time, and want to simplify things a bit - so I came up with a Plan - a Very Cunning Plan if I do say so myself (well it will be if it works anyway!)
What if I dyed 8 lengths of roving side by side in stripes, and then spun them in the same order? Could I get the stripes to line up? Could I get all 4 pieces to match? If I don't will it be a total disaster? I think it's going to work, and it's going to be fine. I took a long long length of roving out of my Optim stash... found the halfway point, and broke it there, repeated this a couple of times until I had 8 matching lengths of roving of about 6-7 feet in length.
Here's what I ended up with. I love the colors! I love the browny chestnut against the gunmetal blue... I love the little bit of white. I love the shine and glow of the optim. It's going to be beautiful. I hope!