Thursday, July 17, 2008
Kathleen's Beaded Yarn
So I've mentioned the yarn I''m making for my Mother-in-law, Kathleen, a couple times. I thought you might like to see a couple pictures. This is a dye-free yarn made from Merino Roving and I plan to put touches of Firestar throughout. The Firestar is the smaller, whiter fiber to the right. It's a nylon that has a lot of luster. I want the yarn to have a little shimmer to it without going over the top. The beads are multi-faceted glass and play nicely off the light. I included a picture of the beads strung onto slivers of the Merino roving. They are now ready to be spun right into the yarn. I will randomly space them and anchor them in place as I go. I haven't asked her yet, but If I know Kathleen, she'll probably want a DK weight or no more than worsted. I'll spin it as a single. I've tried 2ply before, but the beads tend to look less showy. The only thing you have to be a little more careful about with a single is setting the twist. I also stay away from any beads that are too big and heavy. Generally I go with 4 to 6mm. So anyway, all the elements are ready and waiting. Now I just have to find a little time to spin.