Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yarn Cakes

Spinning is so much fun! I finished another 300+ yard skein on Mermaid Dreams in my effort to procrastinate a bit more on the start of my lace shawl. I'll get there some day.

In the mean time, I have also been spinning with weaving in mind. I wanted to make some more slubby scarves. To the left is Arabian Nights and on the right is a new colour way that I am thinking of calling Carnival. Unless someone else can come up with a better name. Any suggestions? It is reds, yellows, oranges, and a touch of purple. It reminds me of the bright lights and loud music associated with a carnival ride.
And here is another cake of Water Lilies. Each cake is about 8 ounces and will produce one scarf. Thankfully my loom is small enough and set up so that I only have a few grams of loom waste. After all of that work, I would hate to end up throwing precious hand spun away.

And speaking of precious hand spun, I don't know if I showed you my finished skein of the cochineal silk.
4 ounces, 200 (ish) yards. Unintentionally slubby. I had a few, ahem, problems, with drafting. This was so different to spin from wool that I can hardly compare them. If anyone has any tips for spinning silk, I'd be happy to hear them. Plans for this little bundle of beauty? Nope. I just plan on enjoying the look of it for a while. It is not going in the stash. It is definitely going on display!


Margene said...

It is just so much fun to see other spinners yarn. I haven't tried silk but I do know it takes practice. You're doing well and that's what counts.

Dave Daniels said...

It's all so pretty. I've been experimenting with slubs, too, and learning slowly. The conchineal id pretty. I tried silk caps the other day and made SUCH a mess of it all. I guess my hands are too rough.

ms. pea said...

my, you have been a busy spinner! i really like the colors of the carnival cake. carousel? anyway it's beautiful.

DaviMack said...

If you ever take it in mind to sell any of that cochineal silver yarn ... just say the word. Fabulous.

The others too, of course, but I've been eying that silver since I first saw it. :)

Leigh said...

What yummy yarns! Can't wait to see the scarves. And never mind about the silk beig unintentionally slubby. It's gorgeous just as it is!

kneek said...

These multi-colored yarns are beautiful. The plies remind me of a woven scarf, just by themselves. Gorgeous!