This wasn’t the most productive week in projects, even though I had two days off from the day job to just play. I did learn some stuff, though…
I started spinning the electric rainbow from last week’s fiber festival…I finished one bobbin and I’m about a quarter of the way through the second.
I started going through the yarn left from when I closed down Yay for J! and I decided to challenge myself and conduct a little experiment. I wound up twelve 20 yard skeins of yarn that doesn’t belong together, broke out the vari-dent reed that followed me home last week, set my warping peg for roughly 100″, and started warping Loomikins.
The final warping order:
The final product on Kaley the Mannequin:
Close up of the colors:
Here’s a summary of what I learned from this project:
240 yards would’ve been enough to make a slightly narrower scarf. I added 10 yards of one of the colors because I freaked out. I’m glad I did for the sake of this project.
It was scary working with so many short lengths of yarn. I constantly felt like I didn’t have enough to even get halfway, but I really did have enough. It’s amazing how far 20 yards will go.
The vari-dent is cool, but I don’t know that I like thick yarns next to thin ones. The weaving is looser than I feel comfortable with on the one side (where the big holes are), but it seems to be ok.
If you’re gonna use the big holes, use a big yarn! I misjudged a few yarns (they were too skinny in my opinion).
Sometimes it’s worth finishing a project even though it seems like the ugliest thing you’ve ever done. I got disappointed when I was a little more than halfway and looked at everything I wove. It looked hideous. But I have to say, I like how it came out. It will look even better when I finish the finishing (adding beads and fluffing out the fuzzy yarns).
I kinda want to experiment with knitting/crocheting with the same batch of mini-skeins. We’ll see. 🙂
What do you think? Do you think the colors work together? Would you be interested in trying them yourself? Leave me a comment and let me know!
It’s been a busy week this week! Let’s get started, shall we?
We had a team building outing at the day job and I won a large prize!
Apparently you needed at least two tickets to win the prize. That was kind of misleading. It’s ok. I won other (smaller) prizes.
Friday, Brenda of B n C Craft Boutique went with me to the Michigan Fiber Festival. It was her first ever and my first in several years. I’m a little embarrassed to post my haul, but let’s just say I had FUN. *grin*
I did knock an item off my shopping list…I am now the proud owner of a Russian supported spindle:
Brenda isn’t a spinner (yet), but as a thank you for putting up going with me, I wanted to spin some yarn for her. She picked out these fluffies:
I added some extra fiber to make sure I had enough for a scarf and let the fiber dictate what it was going to become. This is probably the fastest 300+ yards I’ve ever spun up. Ever. I can’t wait to see what she does with it!
I’ve been seeing bright rainbows paired with neutrals and I’m a little intrigued by this. We found a lady selling chunks of fiber for a buck (buy 10, get the 11th free! Ok, twist my arm!) so I picked up a neon rainbow and a neutral. This is going to be lovely to spin!
And last but not least, Brenda has graciously made these towel sets just for Sleeping Pond Studio! The colors, prints, and handiwork are simply wonderful! They have to be seen to be appreciated! You can buy them on the Sleeping Pond Facebook page.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for what’s new in the studio next week!