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Totoro

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

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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

Dusk at Brodgar

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Dusk at Brodgar

Background:

When I was a child, a beautiful sunset was one of the greatest delights of nature. The colours in this fibre initially reminded me of northern lights, with the bold sweeps of magenta. But the blues pushed it more towards sunset than aurora. So: northern sunset. Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar, a neolithic stone circle, is an iconic northern landmark. It is a place I would dearly love to visit one day, so this yarn was named in its honour.

Story:

Among the ancients. I bet they stood here, right where I am and gazed in wonder at the magenta sky.

Did it fill them with joy, as it does for me? Did they read another meaning in?

I can’t know these people, separated by so many layers of time. But I can touch what their hands touched.

And be awed.

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Information:

Title: Dusk at Brodgar

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 100g / 16 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 230m / 251yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: December 2014

Skein code: 0007

Fibre: Rainbow merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work’s Yorkshire range – “Easington”

Status: Gifted

Vortex

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Vortex

Background:

This was my first attempt at a gradient yarn. The colours were inspired by the character of Venger from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon series. I envisioned a black to grey to red progression (the grey section was hidden when the yarn was caked, but it is in there!), with colours swirling in and out as they transitioned. I carded together different ratios of coloured merino for each section, and then navajo plied the single in order to preserve the colour transition. I was pleased with how the yarn turned out, but won’t know how the final effect works unless the recipient is kind enough to share a picture of whatever she makes from the yarn.

Story:

Swirling, whirling vortex of entropy.

Clouds twist and billow around each other

Like the chaotic coils of a cooling flame.

Forces outside myself pull to the unknown.

Instinct threatens fear, until my mind says Stop!

For what is the unknown, if not an abundance of possibility?

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Information:

Title: Vortex

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 150g / 12 WPI / DK

Length: 350yd / 320m approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: March 2015

Skein code: 0009

Fibre: Merino 70s, 21 micron

Source: Wingham Wool Work – Black, Pale Grey & Brick Red

Status: Gifted

Unicorn Fluff

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Unicorn Fluff

Background:

This was spun for a themed project, and the inspiration was the character Uni the unicorn from the wonderful Dungeons and Dragons cartoon of the 80s. Now here’s something you may not know about me: I have a master in physics degree. So I have studied light and it fascinates me. Colour mixing is one of the interesting elements, working via colour addition for light and colour subtraction for inks. We perceive colours as a mixture of 3 primary colours of light. Broadly speaking these are red, green and blue and are derived from the 3 light-sensitive types of cone cell in our retinas which are activated by short, medium, and long wavelength photons in the visible light spectrum. A curious consequence of our biology is that when only the short- and long-wavelength cones are activated, the colour we see is one that doesn’t actually exist anywhere on the visible light spectrum.

Story:

How apt! To be crafting a mythical creature

From colours that shouldn’t exist.

Light’s a curious thing, and the colours therein

Are defined by our senses as three.

Fire red cones and blue, and magenta’s the hue,

With pink just a pale variation.

Yet green, in between, is not to be seen

So magenta’s nowhere on the spectrum.

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Information:

Title: Unicorn Fluff

Composition: 100% unicorn*

Weight: 100g / 15 WPI / Sports weight or ‘5-ply’

Length: 321yd / 294m approx

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: March 2015

Skein code: 0010

Fibre: 50g of Standard rainbow merino (70%) & silk (30%) and 50g of 50% baby camel & 50% tussah silk

Source: Wingham Wool Work – (RMS/BP) & (BCAMS)

Status: Gifted

Notes:

This yarn was ‘Z’-plied to improve crochet stitch definition.

* Just kidding! 40% silk, 35% merino & 25% baby camel

Magical Mystery Tour

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Magical Mystery Tour

Background:

This was an unusual skein for me, as I struggled to really clarify any image or direction for a story. My initial notes say “Kinda grungy, but also kinda bright. Odd combo of colours: coral, royal blue, yellow fading to green as it blends with black. Flashes of white. No idea where this will take me!” Which is how it earned the name Magical Mystery Tour.

Story:

It’s a mystery alright. I don’t know where to begin, there’s nothing to grab onto, to build on.

So, don’t try to hold on.

Take a step back. Take in the totality and let it organise itself. Let it come – don’t make it happen. Lose yourself. Let it surround you.

You don’t need to try so hard.

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Information:

Title: Magical Mystery Tour

Composition: Merino with silk

Weight: 100g / 11WPI / Light worsted weight

Length: 173m / 190yd approx

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: January 2015

Skein code: 0008

Fibre: Merino 21 micron with silk

Source: Wingham Wool Work’s Yorkshire range – Bolton on Dearne (YR/BOLTON/SK)

Status: Gifted

Lagoon

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Lagoon

Background:

This skein was spun as a gift and I fell in love with the beautiful shades of jade and teal greens. Its first working title was ‘Malachite’, but the lagoon image was persistent and won through in the end. My impressions during spinning were of swirling seascapes, dynamic contours and silver flashes as the fibres of white silk would flow through my fingers.

Story:

Midnight on the sandy beach. Clear skies above and malachite waters beside. Jade hues are shot through with metallic filaments as the moonlight glints off ripples in the lagoon. Breezes sculpt the contours of the surface and silver fish dart through the deep. The rest of the world fades to black, as I stop and savour this glimpse of tranquility.

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Information:

Title: Lagoon

Composition: 70% Merino 30% Silk

Weight: 100g / 17 WPI / Sports weight or ‘5-ply’

Length: 305m / 333yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat

Details:

Date: July 2014

Skein code: 0003

Fibre: Jades merino and silk. Approx. 70% merino 70’s / 30% white silk

Source: Wingham Wool Work – (RMS/J)

Status: Gifted

A Quarter of Sherbet

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A Quarter of Sherbet

Background:

A birthday present for my mum.

Story:

Rows and rows of jars on shelf after shelf, floor to ceiling. My eyes greedily take in the treats laid out before me. My mind skips over options: Sarsaparilla, Cola Cubes, Blackpool Rock and Pontefract Cakes. But, wait! Pastel shades fading into one another focus my gaze. Of course, there is no other choice! “A quarter of sherbet, please.”

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Information:

Title: A Quarter of Sherbet

Composition: 100% Merino

Weight: 100g / 15 WPI / DK or ‘8-ply’

Length: 256m / 280yd approx

Care: Hand wash only, dry flat

Details:

Date: June 2014

Skein code: 0001

Fibre: 21 micron Merino

Source: Wingham Wool Works’ Yorkshire range – Baildon

Status: Gifted