Skein #35: Special Effect Yarn Produced with a Blend of Fibers
Image 1: Fiber Sample
Image 2: Blended Fiber
Image 3: Yarn Skein
Image 4: Yarn Detail
28.5 m 28 g 1000 m/kg
3 w/cm 8 w/in
Size Determination: Thick
- Wool, silk and ingeo
- Merino top, bombyx silk top, ingeo top
- Reason for choice of this sample:
- The white silk and blue ingeo are similar in size, lusture and texture. The neps in the silk are even an interesting addition to a color blend that would otherwise be a texture problem in a plain silk yarn.
- Blue ingeo top from Carolina Homespun — San Francisco, California
Black Australian Merino top from Virginia Farm Woolworks — Annangrove, NSW, Australia
Bombyx silk top from LookChina — Cramerton, North Carolina.
- Preparation for spinning
- The blue ingeo and white silk were repeatedly picked and carded to a nearly uniform sky blue and made into small rolags. The black Merino required no preparation.
- Equipment Used
- Wool hand cards, cotton hand cards, wood dowel, flyer spinning wheel
- Type of spinning
- Short forward draft
- Direction of Twist
- Number of plies
- Wet blocked
- Suggested uses
- This yarn is similar to popular knitting yarns, but the modest thick and thin is more practical than many. The sky-colored binder will show best in a simple pattern where the black Merino can be a solid backdrop, such as a plain knit bulky sweater or hat. Like the commercial yarns, it cannot withstand heavy use or regular laundering.
Maximum 54 points
- Examiner 1: 45
- Examiner 2: 45
Another special effect yarn is declared boring. I consider this a special effect because it's obviously not a traditional yarn. Maybe because the knitting stores are now full of this sort of thing, everybody thinks "special effect" must practically tap-dance across the table. I get pretty cranky on this point because nobody seems to want to talk about just what makes a yarn "special."
Examiner 1 "would have liked to have seen the focus of this yarn be the blend." Examiner 2 was less kind. I actually thought it was, I selected the commercial Merino top because it was the blackest, flattest thing I had. It vanishes into the background and what you see are the little specks of sky-colored binder. Also, there are three very different kinds of fiber in this yarn, two mixed together and one in another ply. I personally think that combining fibers by different plies is still a type of blending, but this is handspinning heresy.