The Notional Serpent Yarn is kicking my arse, something fierce. I’m still working on it, slowly, but the focus that I need and the patience to spin that gentle single creates a need to release. I think there are different types of of creativity, or at least different modes of creative expression. The serpent yarn needs slow, steady, focus, careful . . . and I was feeling the need to let go and get a little bit wild.

To that end, what better vision to tackle than the Dungeon Dimensions? Pratchett’s treatment of the formless nightmare that underlays human consciousness captured my imagination immediately, snagging on the dark, tangled and malformed parts of my self. But the horror of those oily, seething tentacles is but a mask for the fear we have of possibility. The denizens of the Dungeon Dimensions are potential incarnate, force without form. This is nothing to be afraid of, but rather something to tap into and channel. Therein lies our power, if only we should be so brave as to seize it.

First, of course, there had to be black. Luckily I just attended a knitting retreat, during which I was lucky enough to visit an alpaca mill, Fibre of the Gods, run by the lovely Michael and Hazel, and I bought 200g of their stunning black alpaca roving. It’s so fine and soft and beautiful, and perfect for this yarn because it’s not curly and has a lovely sheen to it. Perfect for black tentacles!

In order to express the “rubbish-soup” idea I had about this yarn, I seized on the opportunity when a fibrey friend offered to customise a set of batts. She was so kind and generous in working with me to make the batts, and the finished result was a deliciously fermented brew of superwash merino, corriedale, merino, carbonised bamboo, silk throwster’s waste and shredded jute. Here – look:

Monica's batts

But you know what? She didn’t just send me the batts – she put in a packet of amazingly beautiful dyed silk cocoons, which I hope to put in the yarn as well.

Silk cocoons!!

And fortuitously, a whole new spindle arrived today! I’ve been so excited to try out a Navajo spindle after RoosterRick was kind enough to work with me to send one all the way here to Australia. Here it is, naked before I put anything on it!

Navajo spindle from RoosterRick