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Shall We Try This Again?


As of my last post here, I was struggling with the Octarine yarn, remember? Well, I found the perfect braid of Wensleydale on Etsy, dyed by the charming Marilla of Moonlight And Laughter.

Wensleydale top from Moonlight And Laughter

It arrived last Wednesday, and I spun it into a single on Thursday. I’d forgotten how fun and easy Wensleydale is to spin – it was such an enjoyable and fast experience.

Then yesterday afternoon I sat down to figure out the other plies of my bouclé yarn. The directions I’m following say to spin your core ply quite loosely, because you’ll tighten the spin when you ply the loops against it. But the batts I’m using, while stunning, aren’t making it easy to spin loosely, so I’m just spinning it and will likely wind it off the bobbin onto a spindle, taking some of the twist out while I’m about it.

I’m spinning extra angelina into the core ply as I go along, and I’m loving the yarn I’m getting (even if its terrifying resemblance to fairy floss is making my teeth hurt) – it reminds me of My Little Ponies and Barbie dolls and all that jazz. The result is going to be a truly unsubtle evocation of the idea of the Colour of Magic, that’s for sure.

Corgi Hill Farm "Aurora" batts with extra angelina

Hopefully this works out. I’m a bit nervous of it, to be honest, but we’ll see. If it does, when I show you all the finished product I shall explain the method of making bouclé that I’m using, but until I get it to work there’s not much point!


So, I know. I’ve been gone a long time, huh? At the risk of sounding like I’m making excuses – there have been a series of damn good reasons! First there was Tour de Fleece, at which I sucked MIGHTILY. But I didn’t want to try and rush the Pratchett yarns so I kept clear of them while I was spinning madly. Then I went to Adelaide on a business trip (and never again will I make fun of people when they’re sent on a “junket” for work – that was hard, hard going, I tellz ya), which I enjoyed a great deal but left little time for spinning. After I got back, there were the fires to be put out at work, as always, and then I got myself in a frightful excitement about Jacey Boggs of Insubordiknit fame) coming to Perth to do a workshop. That was last weekend, and right now I’m embroiled in spinning for my entries into the Perth Royal Show. I’ll show them off before I send them in, over on the Hammer & Tongs blog. And after the show, there will be NaNoWriMo! I hope to keep the spinning up while I’m doing that, but it does demand a great deal of time – I know that from experience.

But to keep you all interested (or maybe I have to interest you all again!) I wanted to post a pic of the incredible batt that Brittany of Bohoknitterchic made for me, at my special request for a particular Pratchett Project yarn. My instructions to her were centred mainly on the colour scheme I wanted – maroon, gold, purple, mahogany – and admonishments to avoid my fibre dislikes. But I had to add one particular instruction for this batt – “LUDICROUS amounts of firestar”.

Custom batt from Bohoknitterchic

Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to guess the “theme” of this yarn! Chime in, if you can be bovvered, and tell me what this batt reminds you of from the rich tapestry of life in Sir Pratchett’s Discworld? I love the batt – it’s simply incredible, and I can’t wait to get moving on spinning it. I think corespun, to show off the colours (and SHINY) but I haven’t got much further on my plans than that.

What do you think? Don’t you love it?

See the firestar?? It's blinding!