Feb
25
2013

New yarn, New URL, More silk

I’ve been working on a technique to use fabric in yarn that is suitable for knitting. I’m imagining a different take on rag rug weaving, one that would work for smaller and less bulky woven items, like placemats and possibly garments and could be knitted and crocheted.

My first trials was with cotton calico and percale. This will most likely be the bread and butter of this new line. The result was surprising and exciting. The fabric strips didn’t spin the way I expected them to, but gave me a new and interesting twist (pun is intended). I then messed around with plying and came up with a yarn I love.

The next step was trying other fabrics, most recently silk dupioni. I’m in love with this yarn. It is a dk to worsted weight. Light, soft, has great drape and hand. I have another test batch in a green to spin and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully, the green will duplicate the results I achieved with this rose batch.

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The yarn is a cross between boucle and chenille in look and feel. Both the silk and cotton versions are soft and supple.

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I’m almost ready for production on these yarns. You’ll see them in the store soon.

In other news, I have finally secured the domain www.badfaerie.com. It will soon point to here and make it easier to find me. I’m very excited about the domain, I’ve been trying to get it for over a decade. www.badfaeriedesigns.com will still work and lead you here as well. I will be moving the email addresses to badfaerie.com for my convenience.

Finally, I’m close to having another super skein of handspun silk ready. This one is pastel spring/Easter colors. It’s 50/50 tussah/bombyx silk, dyed by the incredible Esther Rogers of Jazzturtle Creations. I would say it’ll be up by the end of the week, but I have a busy schedule this week and will be traveling this weekend.

Until next time, keep calm an knit on!

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