Today I get to show off some of Aunt Geri’s yarn. She has refined her cabled and multi-ply yarn techniques into a fine art. Her two newest yarns used alpaca fiber from Loredo, a friend’s alpaca (the one with sort of lumpy roving) and bamboo silk.
Both yarns are 75% alpaca, 25% bamboo, and they are soft soft soft. I think they’re cabled yarns (where you ply single strands together, then ply the resulting yarn with something else again), but that’s just a guess, Mom has them down at the ranch. I’ve never had the patience to do cables, to be honest.
Aunt Geri has also been making beaded yarns, which Mom has already knit up into lovely cowl-type scarves. “Brittany Strikes Gold” has tiny gold seed beads, and “Shards of Merlin” has tiny opalescent beads.
Phew! We clearly need to feature her work more often! She creates so many beautiful yarns, hats, scarves and felted art objects that it’s hard to keep up some times!
Those yarns look scrumptious and such regular spinning and plying. I would like to know how to make a beaded yarn? It sounds ever so difficult.
They are not the easiest yarns to make, it’s true. Aunt Geri and I have different approaches to them. You can find how I go about it here. Aunt Geri says it only works for me because my wheel is short, and I’m using gravity to help me, but you can also use your thumb on your drafting hand to pull the beads on.
Hey – thanks for the publicity!! I am SO busy that I am only today checking 2 weeks of emails:( Your pictures make my yarn look so much better than mine and I love seeing the beautiful scarves that Jani has created with the fibers! Carry on……………………………..