Friday, December 14, 2007

Fiber Friday 12/14/07

Okay. My spinning and I are "on a break" right now and I have been seeing other yarns. But it is Friday after all, so why not take a walk down memory lane and recall the good times... Remember the adventures we used to have together?

Here and now, I bring you yarn I spun (and blogged) around this time last year.

Late Dec. 2006 - 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.

The next one is plied with holographic thread and has tinsel spun into it. 2.8 oz, 52 yards.

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.

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?

Okay - back to the present. Thank you for the stroll. I think I might show some more off again next Friday.

ps - I didn't win the contest, but I was very okay with that!


knitmd said...

I love your upcycling yarn! It's great!

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea, I love that! =)