Monday, October 26, 2009
Novelty Yarn Workshop
On Saturday I took a one day Novelty Yarn Workshop through my guild. I had no idea how a few hours sitting and plying could have wiped me out so much! My goal was to refresh my plying techniques and hopefully to use some of my handspun in my weaving projects. We started with a Marl yarn, which was essentially spinning a tri coloured yarn. This one was a breeze for me as I have used this technique often and most recently on this post. Then on to Navaho plying, I had learned this technique sometime in the 1980’s and had never found the need to use it; but now with the abundance of wonderful rainbow dyed roving for sale, it’s a winner! This Beaded cabled yarn is a ‘not so much’ for me, it just didn’t float my boat! Its very time consuming and a bit too random and unpredictable for my taste.This is Angora rabbit encasing a 2/60 silk yarn. Wow, oh, wow! What a wonderful feel and the weight is virtually nothing, it too is a cabled yarn. I loved making this yarn and with just a wee bit of Angora you can do so much. This is dyed Mohair locks encasing the same 2/60 silk. Fun and easy to do, but again too lumpy and bumpy for me. This one is Mohair boucle and after I got the hang of it, it was easy to create. I don't care for the look and just can’t see using it in my style of weaving. My personal un favourite Slub yarn – I just dislike everything about it and can’t wait to hide it away! Last week we were given the Ponderosa Guild shawl that we made in September at the Sheep to Shawl competition. Ngaire and I spent a rainy Sunday finishing it off. I twisted the fringe and stabilized it with a single thread knot rather than an overhand knot and then added my corded edge treatment. I decided to add the corded edge for two reasons; because there were a few nibbled edges (the shawl was made in 2-1/2 hours in a competition after all) and to echo the thin baby camel down stripes outlining the Finnish lace areas. I think it worked well and was thankful that I still had some of the handspun marled merino and camel left.Ngaire, meanwhile was beading the fringe, she did a small seed bead treatment, with just one tiny Oriental metal coin in the centre. Just a light touch was needed on this shawl which will be donated to Evergreen a local fund raiser for the Youth Arts Program in Kelowna. We had another late night visitor on Thursday! This 4 inch long salamander was nestled at the edge of the deck and the concrete the deck sits on. I just looked him up and I found out he is a Western Redback Salamander. Amazing that this amphibious fellow lives in my garden, we are after all in a semi desert and other than a wee bird bath have no water at all!