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Supernumeraries

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Supernumeraries

Background:

I’m a big fan of skill swapping. For me it’s a win-win. For this swap I received the yarn I needed for a project and in return I got to spin this wonderful fibre! The rainbow rolags were from Blue Barn Fiber, a new maker for me. I decided to spin them one after another to create a repeating rainbow pattern, which inspired the name ‘supernumeraries’. To bring out the rainbow colours I plied it with fine, soft, white Falkland wool.

Story:

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Sometimes seven stripes just isn’t enough.

Nature goes abundant – it gives us extra:

Supernumeraries – when the rainbow just doesn’t want to end.

It’s one of many sky stories. Like auras, sun dogs, halos and the northern lights.

Light dances with water

with ice

with dust.

Fields waltz together – electricity playing with magnetism to light the sky.

Nature is many things. But how often do we think of it as playful?

Maybe there’s a lesson to be learnt in that idea.

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Photo courtesy of Hutch at Dye Candy.

Information:

Title: Supernumeraries

Composition: Superwash merino and firestar plied with organic Falkland.

Weight: 156g / 19 WPI / sock weight or ‘4 ply’

Length: 644m / 705yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: September 2015

Skein code: 0068

Fibre: Organic Falkland, superwash merino, firestar.

Source: Falkland from Wingham Wool Work. Merino/firestar rolags from Blue Barn Fibers.

Status: Swapped

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Icon of the Silver Screen

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Icon of the Silver Screen

Background:

As soon as I saw this fibre, mixed by the wonderful Nunoco, I was transported to my favourite old movies. Monochrome images of James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Celia Johnson flashed through my mind and I was hooked. The merino/silk mix spun up into the most gloriously soft DK yarn. I was thrilled with this skein.

Story:

The Flick, Flick, Flick as the spinning wheel turns and the procession of monochrome shades passing through my hands remind me of times past.

Of Fedora hats, steam-powered trains and fifties curls, strictly styled.

Of the Flick, Flick, Flick of the cinema projector and the procession of black and white images that tell the story.

No need of adornment, no need of gimmicks.

Simplicity carries impact. The story is told.

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Information:

Title: Icon of the Silver Screen

Composition: Merino/silk

Weight: 100g / 12 WPI / DK

Length: 248m / 272yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: June 2015

Skein code: 0040

Fibre: Merino/silk blended top

Source: Nunoco’s “Smoke”

Status: Sold

Storm Breaks

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Storm Breaks

Background:

I wanted to combine two ideas in this skein. One single was spun from bright, mostly primary, rainbow colors. The second single was spun from a black-to-pale grey ombre, which I had created with the help of my drum carder:

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The intention was to create a light-to-dark contrast rainbow working across the entire skein.

Story:

Storm breaks. Can you see? Is it coming in or out? Rainbow peeks through. Fading in, or fading away? Beautiful, bright colours declare that though rain may fall and clouds may sail the sky, sun still shines.

Storms blow across the landscape of life. Few of us follow a smooth path. Change is a constant. Challenges rise up, and we grow so that we may get over them. But behind the storm follows the rainbow.

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Information:

Title: Storm Breaks

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 97g & 83g / 12 WPI /DK

Length: 263m / 288yd & 214m / 234yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0020

Fibre: 21 micron 70s quality merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

Elsa

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Elsa

Background:

A spinning commission of banana silk and wool dyed by a talented indie dyer in the colours of ‘Elsa’.

Story:

You know those mornings when you wake and you instantly know?

You know before you draw the curtains, before you even really open your eyes.

There’s a strange light quality.

A light that means no other possibility, but snow.

Some spatterings, some deep drifts, all altering the familiar contours.

The snow-covered landscape is new, is strange, is constantly changing

And we rush to explore it with childlike glee.

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Information:

Title: Elsa

Composition: 67% Banana 34% Bluefaced Leicester

Weight: 100g /14 WPI /DK

Length: 166m / 182yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: May 2015

Skein code: 0017

Fibre: Banana silk & Handdyed BFL

Source: Wingham Wool Work & Truly Hooked, respectively

Status: Sold

Playing with Plying

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Playing with Plying

A few weeks ago, the rather marvellous Verity from Truly Hooked [1] sent me a braid of dyed merino to test. Never one to turn down free fibre, I jumped at the chance! I spun up the single and sent my feedback to Verity, and then it sat on the bobbin for a few weeks whilst I pondered on what to do with it next. In the end I decided to experiment with some of my plant fibre stock. I spun up 50g of banana silk to ply with the dyed merino. I was hoping that the delicate colours of the original braid would be enhanced by the pure white sheen of the banana fibre.

I absolutely love the result! I cannot possibly capture the delicious lustre of this soft and silky yarn on camera. It is heavenly and I adore the look of the oh-so-delicate colours. I have named this skein “Sea Foam”.

Now, I still had a fair bit of the merino single left. I had spun the merino very fine, with a high twist, but the banana fibre drafted differently (bananas act differently to sheep! who knew?!) and, once I stopped fighting the fibre and actually worked with it, the single became smooth but somewhat thicker than the merino, and therefore made a shorter single. I had my lovely Sea Foam skein, and a bobbin still partially filled with merino. Time for a new experiment.

I’m not a fan of having odds and ends of singles left on my bobbins, so often I will chain ply (or ‘navajo’ ply) a single to make a 3-ply yarn:

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What I havent tried before is winding off my single as a centre-pull ball and plying it with itself (taking one end of the single from the middle of the ball and the other from the outside) into a 2-ply yarn:

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And ta-da:

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Two beautiful, and very different skeins made from my original braid. Sea Foam, meet Harebell.

[1] http://www.facebook.com/trulyhooked