At Yarndale I purchased this fabulous batt of wonderfully coloured yarn from Spin City UK. It was called E numbers and I can’t remember the exact make up but I think it had some sort of fake cashmere, or angora or something in it and it totally lives up to the name with all the insanely bright colours!
It was a bit of an impulse purchase as I wasn’t really sure what I would do with it but it was just too fabulous to pass up. Anyway – i thought I would try my hand at an ‘Art Yarn’. Now I’m not 100% sure what these are but I think basically when you don’t try and make something all nice and smooth and even (or for those peopel who even spinning comes naturally – you go out of your way to make it uneven!). So with literally no idea what I was doing I started spinning this fabulous batt up. Less than half an hour later I had this wonderful bobbin of brightness…..
I couldn’t believe how quickly I got through the 100g of fibre. It’s massively overspun in places but I think that’s probably part of the charm – I did have a little moment with the wheel at some point as the yarn almost didn’t fit through the orifice!
I left it a couple of days on the bobbin and then skeined it up to give it a bath. I’m so pleased with the result. I’ve already wound it into a ball ready to cast on – i’m thinking a bobble had – or cowl of some kind!
My second try something new was doing some 3ply. I got this gorgeous fibre from The Yarn Yard as part of Septembers CJP.
My favourite colour is orange and I wanted the yarn from this fibre to be special. So rather than splitting into 2 I split into 3 and spun up 3 of the neatest bobbins I’ve done so far.
I left them settle a whole 24 hours (this was a real test of my patience) then plyed them together.
I am so amazingly pleased with how this skein turned out. it’s 272 yards to 120g – so I think about DK weight and it’s so soft and squooshy! It’s going to be a pair of socks I think. Or perhaps some fingerless mitts…..
The orange is so fabulously vibrant – the photos really don’t do Natalie’s Dyeing justice.
I’ve already started my next spinning project. This is a gorgeous South American fibre from Fondant Fibre in the colourway Jersey Girl (She currently has a fab sale on and this fibre is in the sale!!!)
Fondant Fibre was a new discovery for me and I was totally impressed. I ordered a few braids and not only did they arrive in a matter of days they came with this cute little thank-you gift of a fibre sample, tea and cute stitch marker! Felt very special!
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