Hand Spinning & Natural Dyeing - Sarah Matthess

Thursday, 9 April 2015

'Delphiniums' Art Yarn

'Delphiniums' Art-Yarn
I packed this yarn with delphinium shades of blue and purple super-soft lambs wool, merino and silk.  It was a lot of fun creating this yarn and I enjoyed every minute of it. I dyed the fibre with Kemtex dyes purposely just for these skeins (260grams) of super-bulky art yarn.
It will knit up really well on 6-8mm needles, and is around 4 or 5 wpi, depending on where it's wrapped. Spun intentionally thick/thin, with a boucle look, and plenty of texture and bobbly bits. These are really big photo's so you can zoom in and see the details.

I prefer to spin this slowly on a larger whorl setting so I can get control over what I'm producing. Each textured bobble, or cocoon, is over spun with the ply yarn to secure it and prevent it slipping about. So this isn't a quick yarn to make, but that doesn't matter as it is what the name implies 'art' yarn.

Got the horse in there too.. lovely sunny day and we are all enjoying it.

As you can see I popped in wee bits of pink, green, red, and some sparkling white bamboo for texture. Also novelty yarns, embroidery floss, and hand cultivated dyed silk.  I really don't want to sell this, but that's life.

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