Monday, March 13, 2006

Nuclear Fizz and other related matters


* This post took me two days to upload - don't mind me.

There it is. My latest handspun. It came off the wheel yesterday and it's on my blog this evening. Pretty good, since little man X is cutting his first teeth & won't sleep for love or money. It's so hard to capture the essential fuzzy, frizzy, tactile nature of this yarn in a photo. Go figure. It's got this soft halo of a million tiny threads poking out of it in every direction. Very cool. Especially since the colored single really lacked conviction that it was indeed a novelty yarn. The skein is 95 grams. 1 handspun single of hot bright felting roving plied with a furry eyelash yarn in black. They are both improved for being together.

I learned never buy roving under the heading of felting if you want to spin it. In all fairness, I actually bought it for felting, but I guess I just really don't like needle felting. Probably mostly due to the fact that I didn't spend a lot of time learning how to needle felt. That and the fact that having sharp, barbed needles out with twin toddlers is not a good idea. So I decided to spin it. I thought I had lost all ability for spinning a decently even yarn. It was not pretty. Double cuts everywhere. The roving was not uniform. Bumpity, slubity, thin here, too thick there, pull apart as you spin...... But I persevered. I spun the entire pound into yarn. (A goal that I set for myself.) It looks so much better now, too! ah, the sweet joy of a project turning out wonderfully better than you first aniticipated!

Here are a few more shots of the different skeins I spun out of the pound of wool - composed of several bumps of different colors.

This is a navajo 3 ply from the lumpity, bumpity felting roving. It's strong, cushy stuff!


The Nuclear Fizz in a skein. Purty!

I love, love, love the way these colors look together. I have no idea why. It's really not my usual style. It's orange and hot pink felting wool plied with a pink rainbow, rayon quilting thread. The rayon thread is shiny. They work very well together.

2 comments:

tif said...

lovely lovely lovely!

Stacie said...

wow, beautiful yarn! found you on midwest knitters, will be back!