Update on current spinning project


I can tell that the creative juices aren’t flowing when I’m already winding the two-ply yarn off the bobbin, and I still haven’t come up with any names. Usually I have half a dozen by this point, most of which are later vetoed by “marketing” (Mom). To date my favorites have been “Kiss of the Jade Monkey”, “Studded Snows”, and “Sisu Storm”. This poor yarn, on the other hand, I call “Black and Brown Yarn with Black Beads”. It has a certain lack of ring to it, right?

It’s a custom order, and I rather like how it’s coming out. Tulip’s fiber (the tan) is fluffier and lighter than Brittany’s (the black), which is strong and smooth. Together, they make a rather nice yarn. The beads are threaded onto a very thin black silk embroidery thread.

I ply beaded yarns very, very slowly. The three strands that I’m plying together have very different consistencies, which makes getting a balanced and even yarn difficult. I had to spin Brittany’s single twice to build up enough twist to ply it with Tulip’s single (a single is what you call the first unplied, single strand of yarn). While plying, I have to hold the embroidery thread very tightly so that it doesn’t just wrap around the other two.

Any name ideas?

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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