Here are my yarns for the February and March Web Spins spinning challenge.
Following the book by Jacey Boggs, Spin Art I first started with Racing Stripe spinning thin merino yarn and then wrapping it around more merino while spinning again. The result looks very similar to a plied yarn, though ‘the road to it’ is different and to me less comfortable than plying two singles. I found it quite fiddly and more challenging than the second technique – Autowrap.
For the Racing Stripe thin yarn already span is held by the drafting hand and at (many) times the yarn was getting lost in the drafted fibre. I realized again that I should probably practice spinning singles much more as my yarn is still rather uneven. I have this dilemma though – I really don’t want to spin even yarn for my projects, yet I feel if I was able to do so it would mean I was fully in control of the drafting and that could help when I am spinning an art yarn….
I enjoyed the Autowrap technique and feel various interesting yarns can be created depending on the fibre, thickness and color used. I started off with merino wrapped in brushed kid mohair-acrylic yarn but didn’t like the feel of acrylic so changed for this interesting yarn I have bought recently. It is 2 ply wool-silk wrapped around a very thin and stretchy nylon thread. The nylon makes the yarn very elastic, it almost doubles in lenght when stretched/ironed. When wet and dried naturally it shrinks. It also takes up plant dyes beautifuly; here I have used onion skins+turmeric for a quick change of color.
Shrank it already looks similar to a boucle yarn and I was very curious to see the effect it creates when autowrapped. On the following picture you can see the elastic core; from the short piece of yarn at the top I have removed the nylon and now it lays flat.
I have three colors of this yarn – off white, light and mid grey and there is some in my Soft Fibre etsy shop available too.
If you have a spare minute you might like to check blogs of others participating. And you are welcome to join in at any time; we learn a technique a month so it gives enought time even to catch up if you have no time to spin for a few weeks. Next month – Tornado!
Mariana from Florcita
Fiona from loveFibre
Veronika from VeronikaRybnickova