Tag Archives: Gifted

Rainforest

Standard
Rainforest

Background:

A thick’n’thin single in the most amazing combination of greens! Bursting with life.

Story:

Rainforest seems more of a sound than a sight. Humming with life. Glorious abundance. Packed with green upon green upon green. Shades, tones, hues, textures, shines. Sights and sounds come together and surround us. Rainforest excites all the senses.

2015-08-05 14.49.10

Information:

Title: Rainforest

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 100g / 9 WPI average / Worsted to Bulky Think’n’Thin

Length: 117m / 118yd approx

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0024

Fibre: 21 micron merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work’s Yorkshire range – Letwell

Status: Gifted

Advertisements

Summer Nights

Standard
Summer Nights

Background:

Cara from Excelsior Yarns is one of my very favourite dyers and I was lucky enough to be asked to test her dyed fibre. It was an absolute dream to spin, so soft and had a beautiful scent. I offered this skein as a competition prize on my facebook page.

Story:

Summer nights are not like other nights. Hardly nights at all.

The sun stays up late, eavesdropping on the talk, pretending to mind its own business as it paints the sky with lazy sweeps of sunset-pink, and casts purple shades on the clouds.

These are the nights of the philosopher, quaffing her drink. Of setting the world to rights and chewing the big ideas.

These are the nights to forge deep bonds of friendship. To find out who your companions really are. To find out who you yourself really are.

These are the nights you never forget.

2015-07-12 11.19.52

Information:

Title: Summer Nights

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 100g / 12 WPI / DK

Length: 237m / 260yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: June 2015

Skein code: 0047

Fibre: superwash merino

Source: Excelsior Yarns

Status: Gifted / Won

Sea Foam

Standard
Sea Foam

Background:

A plying experiment.

Story:

Approaching, receding.

Sound builds, surrounding me … to fade to white noise

There is power and grace in the dance of the waves.

Nature’s artist performs and I experience, completely.

20150415_120801

Information:

Title: Sea Foam

Composition: 66% Banana silk, 34% Merino

Weight: 77g / 14 WPI / DK

Length: 193m / 211yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0014

Fibre: Banana and Merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work and Truly Hooked, respectively.

Status: Gifted

Totoro

Standard
Totoro

Background:

A first foray into art yarn, with deliberately chunky spinning and beads spun into the yarn. Based on the Totoro character, with natural coloured fibres and forest-green glass beads.

Story:

Unseen observers. Guarding the forest

With you in need, yet not part of your world

Childlike belief (wisest of all?)

Such wonders we miss

When we forget to see.

20150415_120834

Information:

Title: Totoro

Composition: 53% Bluefaced Leicester, 22% Superwash Wensleydale, 20% Bamboo, <5% Nylon, <5% Glass beads

Weight: 134g / 6WPI / Bulky

Length: 125m / 137yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0011

Fibre: BFL, SW Wensleydale, Bamboo

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Gifted

Pick ‘n’ Mix

Standard
Pick ‘n’ Mix

Background:

Experimental yarn made from a whole host of different natural and synthetic fibres. Full details in my previous post. Gifted as a competition prize on my facebook page.

Story:

A dash of this, a dab of that

Curious mixtures, strange concoctions.

Like playing ‘cooking’ as a kid when you could happily feel free enough to mix mud and rose petals and call it a triumph.

When do we lose that? Why do we become so hard on ourselves?

Let’s remember how to play.

20150412_134908

Information:

Title: Pick ‘n’ Mix

Composition: Mixed natural & synthetic fibres

Weight: 63g / variable (11-14) WPI / DK thick & thin

Length: 188m / 206yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0012

Fibre: Mixed natural & synthetic

Source: Wingham Wool Work sample day

Status: Gifted / Won

Harebell

Standard
Harebell

Background:

This was another experimental skein, barely more than a mini-skein, made from some left-over merino single plied back on itself from a centre-pull ball. The dyed fibre came to me as a gift from a dyer who was experimenting with her own process. In return, it has been gifted back to that artist so that she can see what her fibre looks like when brought to life as yarn. Spinning this fibre was more like spinning a carded preparation, and the resulting yarn is light and airy, and unbelievably soft. It was in fact so light that it fooled me into thinking is must be ‘4-ply’ or at least sports weight, but no. Repeated WPI measurement revealed it to be DK. I was just unused to a DK yarn feeling so light in my hands.

Story:

Campanula Rotundifolia – such a grand title for a humble guest.

Arriving in summer, companion through autumn,

The cooling breeze coaxing fine bells into motion.

Ethereal purple, such a delicate hue.

My world becomes richer when it’s shared with you.

(Lower skein)

20150401_161543

Information:

Title: Harebell

Composition: 100% Merino

Weight: 21g / 11 WPI / DK

Length: 64m / 70yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0015

Fibre: Merino

Source: Truly Hooked

Status: Gifted

Jovian Joy

Standard
Jovian Joy

Background:

Experimental yarn made from two spare singles, 2-plied together. Named by my daughter who thought it looked like one of our planetary neighbours.

Story:

Transported to a different world

Where red storms and yellow clouds roil over the surface.

Hostile? Or beautiful? Or both?

I am bound to remain a distant observer

And yet the sight fills me with awe.

11148432_798414046875148_5467852749852926911_n

Information:

Title: Jovian Joy

Composition: 50% Alpaca 50% Merino

Weight: 86g / 14 WPI / DK

Length: 146m / 160yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0013

Fibre: Dyed Alpaca, Dyed Merino

Source: Alpaca from Wingham Wool Work, Merino from Woolyknit

Status: Gifted