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Disco Lights

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Disco Lights

Background:

This was one half of a skill swap. In return for hooking up a crochet pattern for me, I received two beautiful rolag sets to spin into yarn. This is one of those rolag sets.

Story:

Disco lights.

Disco darkness.

Do you hear the music better when there’s less to see?

Maybe not less. But other.

There’s the light show. Primaries and secondaries. No subtleties. Pulsing, dancing, rolling, chasing over walls and ceiling and people.

People on the dark dance floor. Why do they come here? To forget? To live? To be in their own skin? To care? To not care?

This temple of dark and music, of noise and lights, of abstraction and connection. Disco lights: witness to it all.

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Information:

Title: Disco Lights

Composition: Merino/firestar

Weight: 58g / 18 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 152m / 167yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0070

Fibre: Merino/firestar

Source: Fibre supplied

Status: Swapped

One Sky, Many Stories

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One Sky, Many Stories

Background:

One of the perks of working from home is seeing my children get enthused about the work I do, and ask to be taught the skills needed to create with fibre. These rolags were designed by my daughter, Imogen, whose inspiration was both the cloudy blue sky and the starry night sky. They were spun by me, and the story was written by Imogen.

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Story:

I gazed up at the mesmerising sky as it changes, and the clouds fade by.

I watch the sunset colour change from blue to pink to red, and finally to the black of night when the clouds no longer hide the silver, twinkling stars.

I realise: this sky has a story.

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Information:

Title: One sky, many stories

Composition: Merino, Falkland, Angelina, Ramie

Weight: 100g / 15 WPI / sports weight

Length: Cloudy sky – 146m / 160yd approx.; Starry sky – 134m / 146yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0051

Fibre: 21 micron merino, Organic Falkland, Angelina, Ramie

Source: Fibre from Wingham Wool Work. Blended by Story Skeins

Status: Sold

Adventures in Space & Time

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Adventures in Space & Time

Background:

This was such a fun commission! By the time the yarn was made I could just imagine a little tardis whizzing through the scene.

Story:

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Space.

The vast, empty void. The vacuum of space.

Empty.

Apart from the stars.

But the rest of space is empty.

Except for the planets and moons and comets and asteroids.

But there’s nothing else.

Apart from the nebulae, showing off, all blues, pinks, reds and greens.

And apart from the galaxies, some spiral-armed and twisting together with the inky blackness.

But aside from all that … empty.

If you don’t count the neutrinos and photons and muons and …

But otherwise, nothing there.

(Except, maybe, dark matter?)

Even black holes are thought to emit radiation.

So really, what is there to explore?

What adventures could you possibly have?

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Information:

Title: Adventures in Space & Time

Composition: Merino, silk, sequins and seed beads

Weight: 120g (fibre weight) / 14 WPI / DK to sports weight.

Length: 360m / 394 yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0049

Fibre: 21 micron dyed merino, 70/30 merino silk blend

Source: Supplied by Wingham Wool Work. Blended by Story Skeins

Status: Sold

Five Shades of Twilight

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Five Shades of Twilight

Background:

Five shades of the same colour, kept distinct via navajo plying. The “rebellious older women” in the story is a reference to¬†Jenny Joseph’s famous poem.

Story:

What does purple mean to me?

It means Parma Violets,

Tanzanite,

Rebellious older women!

Suffragettes,

Lavender bushes,

Spanish bluebells,

Twilight,

and Summer midnight.

So if you ask me why I like purple, that’s my reply.

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Information:

Title: Five Shades of Twilight

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 100g / 15 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 292m / 320yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: April 2015

Skein code: 0027

Fibre: 21 micron dyed merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

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

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 Р(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

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