For this yarn, we were asked to take our inspiration from a provided photograph of a path. The photo I chose was of a straight paved road, with plants and dirt on either side. The sky was blue with some clouds. The road led to a bright golden light at the end, with some of the light reflecting on the road. When I looked at this image, I thought about how I often think that the path will be hard to find and hard to follow. But what if it is really clear and easy. A straight path toward the light–the golden white light. A straight path which also contains the light. Maybe it doesn’t have to be hard–what an idea!
I decided to use white silk for the center of the yarn. I tore it into thin strips and then attached them together to make a ball and then spun it by itself.. I also bought 3 different natural colors of alpaca–its the first time I spun alpaca. I spun them each separately and then also plied them separately. I wanted the path to look kind of twisty and complex and yet straight at the same time.
After that, I wanted the path to be golden, so I died the whole thing in turmeric using instructions I found here. I really like the golden yellow and how the silk and different colors of alpaca took the dye. To finish it off, I plied one more time with some finely spun blue and green singles to add in the colors of the earth and sky.