Thursday, June 24, 2010

something new

when last we left the scratchy lincoln, i finished the singles after the fiber had been rejected by my cat. i didn't know what to do with it, but i was coming to the conclusion that i was probably never going to actually use it for anything, due to the scratchiness and my lack of love for the colors.
CMF Fiber Club Lincoln
so i decided to try a new technique, coilspinning. i used white poly serger thread for the core. it took a bit to get the hang of it. at first, the white thread kept wanting to wrap around the lincoln singles instead of the other way around, and the thread would get twisty on its own and i'd have to stop and untangle it, but eventually i got it. it was fun at first, getting into a rhythm, but then it just kept going, and going...and going. FOREVER. it took me hours to finish plying. and guess how many yards i ended up with?
CMF Fiber Club Lincoln
about 8.5. i forgot to weigh the skein but it's a bit under the 4oz. i soaked and gently squeezed out the water and hung to dry. i wasn't sure how to secure the ends from coming uncoiled from the thread, so i ended up tying them together. i have no idea if this was the "right" way.
CMF Fiber Club Lincoln
i'm glad i tried a new technique but i'm probably never going to use this for anything, nor am i likely to do this again in the future. i was thinking about someday buying a canvas and glueing the yarn to make an artsy yarn "painting." if i do this it'll probably be awhile.

4 comments:

  1. The coils turned out great! But I agree with you. I DO like the color though.

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  2. Eight yards? Yikes. Slap a price tag on it and charge a fortune for it--"art" yarn!

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  3. It would make a good coil bowl or basket and you can sew the coils together for that with good strong fishing line. I think it would make a wonderful basket :) Even one to hold your other yarns.

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  4. I've never seen coiled yarn before, it's fabulous! Not high yield, but would look amazing as the rim of a bowl or hat.

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