Even though I wasn’t finished spinning the second single, I couldn’t resist plying up a bit of the bubble crepe art yarn I wrote about last week to see how it would work out. Turns out art yarns can be very bobbin-intensive.
Crepe yarns are kind of like cabled yarns, except there are three plies instead of four. I learned how to make them from The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design by Sarah Anderson, but I’ll give you a quick recap here. I started with one thin single spun in the S direction (bobbin A) and one thick-and-thin single spun in the S direction (bobbin B). I then plied them together in the Z direction (C) and ran the bobbin through the wheel again in the same direction to add extra twist. Then I spun another thin single, this time in the Z direction (D). Finally, I plied the yarn on bobbin C and the thin single (D) together in the S direction (E) to form the final yarn.
I only used a small amount of what was on the full bobbins to yield about 84 yards of aran-to-bulky yarn. Some of the thin sections are not quite as ‘bubbly’ as I’d like, I’m partial to the way the really thick sections puff out from between the criss-crossed thinner singles. This was my fist time intentionally spinning a thick single so I think my technique needs a bit more work.
I used two Merino/Bamboo/Silk braids from Miss Babs for the thin singles and some incredibly lovely (omg so soft) organic Merino wool from Natchwoolie. I have plans to spin the rest of this up and perhaps design something for Knittyspin with it. I (personally) feel like art yarn isn’t much good unless you know what you want to make with it. Although plenty of people are happy just to spin it, I like the challenge of finding or creating the perfect pattern for it.
What would you make with yarn like this? I’m linking up with Sarah’s Spinning Show and Tell at Crafts from the Cwtch, check out the other posts!