Thick and Thin Art Yarn

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.

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Bobbins from left to right: A, B, C, D, E

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.

IMG_5082I 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.

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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.

IMG_5084What 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!

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13 thoughts on “Thick and Thin Art Yarn

  1. OOOOOH that is super cool. Thanks for explaining how you did it, even though I didn’t get it (I don’t use a wheel). I think it would be super cool in a cowl or scarf, or even a funky hat!

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  2. I really love that yarn. I struggle with spinning thick singles too.

    I have no idea what to suggest you make out of it…that’s always my problem with art yarn. I *want* it to have a purpose, but it’s so beautiful as it is!

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  3. This is really cool – I’m so pleased that you linked up 😀

    I too love the big thick bumpy bits – it’s very nice and I wonder how much fun that would be to knit!!! I am very tempted to try making some art yarn. I think I need to put a wheel on my Christmas list!

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