It's all novelty yarns this week. I've been experimenting with different techniques and I feel like I still have a long way to go, but I'm having a lot of fun.
First up: nubs and slubs. 2.7 oz, 47 yards. If you want to see more pictures, look at the etsy listing.
The next one is plied with holographic thread and has tinsel spun into it. 2.8 oz, 52 yards. Again, more pictures here.
The last one is really crazy. It was created for the upcycle contest on etsy. The challenge: UPCYCLE - "Take something disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value."
Walking around my neighborhood I found inspiration littering the sidewalks - used up christmas trees. I decided to spin some yarn based on the sort of things you can pick up off the dead trees - tinsel, broken fairy lights, bits of garland and fake snow. (The fake snow, by the way, is made of ingeo, a by-product of corn!) I also used recycled wool and string to hold everything together. This skein weighs 3.9 oz and measures 24 yards.
More pictures here. It's funny. I wanted to enter this contest with crazy homespun, but not long after I listed it, the yarn sold! I'm happy about it, but I also was panicking that meant I was out of the contest (which I'm not) and thinking I should spin more crazy CRAZY yarn.
By the way, homespun yarn IS upcycling, no matter what you put in there, considering we use the clippings of haircuts - both plant and animal. Don't you think?