Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Whirling Dervish

I've been spinning like a mad woman the past few days. I signed up for a few too many swaps and now my treadle foot has to pay the price.

I also want to mention that I'm featured in the Yarn Museum's current show "Singles." My White Witch Yarn
is displayed for all to see. Yes it's listed under my legal name "Tanya" so now you all know stickyfingers has a normal name. (Don't tell too many people I would hate to loose my air of mystery.) It's also for sale at the shop so if you really like it you can make it yours!

Onto other spinny things
Here is Spunky Eclectic's Fiber of the Month for October 2007 called "Goblin Eyes."

It's romney and I know it's blasphemy to say but I really don'l like romney that much. It hasn't embraced its sticky sheepy nature like Shetland does and it isn't soft like merino or sproingy like cormo. Romney to me is like a wool that wants to be something greater then it is. I say embrace your lowly roots be scratchy and greasy or be soft and smooshy but this in between shit just ain't cutting it for me right now. End rant.

Well I didn't know what to do with this fiber but I had two swaps that requested green or purple yarn and being the lazy sick lady I am these days I really didn't want to go through the hassel of dyeing up something new and experimenting with the dye pot, then waiting for the roving to dry, I wanted to spin and I wanted to spin NOW!!!. I dug through the stash monster (which is reaching epic proportions) and found the Spunky roving.

The first yarn I spun woolen with a short draw and then andean plied it on itself I wound up with about 80 yards of dk yarn
(it's not that green I don't know whats going on in this photo)
See it's nice, simple earthy and perfect for it's intended recipient.

Then I took the other half of the roving and went nuts. It seems that everyone is reading the Lexi Boeger (Pluckyfluff) books and spinning nutso crazy almost unknittable yarn. I love to look at the stuff but I would never (I'm saying never even though I know I'm probably gonna eat my words) use the stuff. I can't see how a super coil would make anything usefull but I love how it looks. I just don't have room to display all my yarn on bookshelves and not do something more productive with it. But I digress, I spun the second half of the roving also woolen and over spun it a bit. Then I plied it with quilting thread strung with metallic beads and created a boucle which has *gasp* coils!!!!
See I'm not gonna knit this, I'm giving it away so I can have the fun of spinning crazy ass yarn but not the pressure of figuring out what to do with it.

Everyone sing with me now "I've got the best of both worlds..." Okay excuse me my Hannah Montana moment and just bask in the yarn that comes from the same roving but looks very different, I like to think of these yarns as the twins from the Parent Trap. Each will go with a different parent any maybe one day they'll meet again at summer camp.


Jacki said...

I love that big obnoxious yellow coil in the bottom pic. :) I'm not too crazy about knitting with heavily textured yarn, but weaving with it is a different story altogether. I think that's where things like coils and mystery blumps really shine.

Do said...

The white yarn looks gorgeous!