Top whorl drop spindle wound with multi-hued and multi-textured art yarn (black, purple, orange, “glitz” i.e. sparkle, neon green, pink, etc.) on a Central American woven striped fabric of similar colors.
Usually I buy raw wool or other spinning fiber directly from farmers or in a pinch a local yarn store, but a few weeks ago I was feeling low so I decided to splurge on something decadent and daring.
Hobbledehoy on Etsy was there to provide with Artemis Art Batt (see it spun, above), made of delicious things like sari silk and merino and faux cashmere.
The fiber is simply deliciously soft and the colors are vibrant. I have images dancing in my head while I spin of some sort of graffiti artist wearing a skinny scarf — or perhaps fingerless gloves? — made out of this yarn while spraying graffiti in similar colors. But maybe that’s just me, or perhaps yarn fumes.
The fibers have been interesting to work with. For example, it’s not as though there is a color-coded guide as to which fiber is which, so some of them I’m sort of working out by feel. The faux cashmere I can work out because it feels different, and the sari silk is rather obvious. Some of the other gradations are more subtle. And is there more than one kind of merino? It feels like it…
I would certainly recommend Hobbledehoy to others if they wanted to spin something different and fun. Spinning All The Different Fibres requires a bit of a deft hand, and might be a bit much for a complete novice to spinning. Then again, maybe you enjoy a challenge! (I know I like to break up the monotonomy of cream wool now and then, and this is certainly anything but monotonous!)
What would you make with this yarn if it were your choice?