Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spinning the ugliest yarn… On purpose!

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I love art yarns. I love looking at them, feeling them and spinning them myself! In the year I have been spinning, my forays with art yarn have been mild, beginning with yarn that became a big wool toque. I spun the colours together with no reason and it wasn’t until I knit with it that I realised how great it was.

To date, the Art Yarn I spun up using “Franklin” Art batt from Neauveau Fiber Arts, corriedale fleece from Wooly Wool of the West and some gold filament from my Mum-in-law, is my very favourite. I spun the art batt into a thick & thin single with lots of lumps and chunks, I then plied it with coils onto a single of combed corriedale top and to bind it all together I spun it loosely with gold filament. This really made all the wonderful colours and sparkles from the art batt pop!

Successfully making a skein of funky, colourful yarn can only serve as a gateway to even crazier things! Therefore, I started my newest art yarn with a collection of rolags from leftovers off my comb & hackle.

The pile consists of primarily corriedale, with splashes of merino, cotswold, mohair and synthetics. And yes, I plan on spinning the WHOLE pile of it! As for the wheel, I am using my Mum-in-law’s beautiful wheel.

She is a single-treadle, bobbin driven, large orifice wheel and I especially love her for plying! Notice the size of the bobbin? Yeah, they could be dumbbells for King Kong!

So last night I got into my spinning chair, turned on the newest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and started treadling. After nearly 2 hours of Drag Queens and Futurama, I ended up with this:

Reds, yellows, and pinks! Oh my! And sadly, it isn’t half as colourful as the frocks worn by the Drag Queens… Sigh.

It is spinning beautifully, with some lumpy-bumpy bits and spots with sparkle. Currently, the plan is to spin up that pile into sock-ish weight singles and then ply them together using different techniques. I’m hoping to get a great big skein on nonsensical, squishy yarn to amuse and bewilder the masses.

Please check back over the next week to help me name the skein!

Fibre Diet, March 2012

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For the first time, ever, in my entire knitting life I have decided to go on a fibre diet for a whole month.  (Insert shocked sounds here.)

Yes, I, Alliston will refrain from purchasing fleece, roving, add-ins, and yarn from March 1 – 31, 2012, except in the event that the items are needed for a custom order.  (Yeah! Loophole!)

As of today, March 12th, 2012, I have not spent any money on these items. I am proud of myself because I am an avid Ravelry user and am never far from anything fibrous.

I decided to stop my purchases of anything squishy and shiny so I can dig down to the bottom of my fibre bins to see all the wonderful stuff I have accumulated in a little over a year of spinning.  And once I’ve emptied those bins, I can go on to my vast and varied yarn collection.

I guess I have been able to keep myself busy planning for the upcoming craft markets I will be attending in Edmonton:

March 24 & 25, 2012, On the Spot Pop-up Craft Fair, 10720 – 124 street, Edmonton, AB.

This will be my first show with On the Spot, and I am looking forward to meeting the organisers and aligning with such a great group!

April 14th, 2012, Handmade Mafia, 10335 – 84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB.

This will also be my first show with the Mafia.  Unfortunately I was ill for the last show and had to cancel my attendance in early March.

Apart from craft shows, I have been very fortunate to share my spinning talents with my Mum-in-law, Noreen Crone-Findlay.  She has used many of my yarns in her weaving projects and I am very happy to share!

Happy crafting!