Spiraling Notions

Granny Stacks Art Yarn

I have been experimenting with "art" yarn. I got a copy of Get Spun and Intertwined recently. I don’t usually read books cover to cover... In fact I think most craft books are really just glamorized picture books to be used for ideas... but I have read Intertwined cover to cover and I keep re-reading sections over and over...

I have done a couple of thick/thin yarns and this was a new technique. Granny stacks really appealed to me for whatever reason. And this is my first attempt at a grannie stack yarn. To me, it looks like a cross between granny stacks and coils... although I was going for the stacks.

I used a green Romney that I bought when I took my first spinning lesson. I thought was fairly ugly when I bought it... but it was really easy to spin and one of my first yarns ever spun. It was my first attempt at spinning thin and broke repeatedly so there are knots and slubs everywhere. I saved it because I think I have the precious spinning thing... like the precious knits problem they talk about in the Mason Dixon books. I really had no idea what the hell to do with it but could not throw it away. I thought it would make a good yarn to start practice with and I think this turned out really well.

I had a lot of fun making it and to be honest I let the yarn do what it wanted and experimented with it. I have not really ever let the yarn do what it wanted before. Even when first learning to ply yarn I did not have any mistakes that resulted in the type of forms or directions I created with this example. It was fairly liberating. I experimented with tension on the green yarn and also the “core” crochet thread - sometimes alternating them completely and making stacks with the core yarn. I even used the navajo plying method in several spots - folded it back on itself - and then built the stacks on it to make them bulk out more.

I decided on the name Spider Carcasses for a couple of reasons. While I was spinning I kept going back to the image of a spider spinning over an insect. Even the Rankin & Bass Hobbit film popped into my head where they are in Murkwood Forest attacked by spiders. You can just make out indistinct forms under the cocoons of string. Maybe it is a cliché analogy but it kept going through my mind like a record (baby). I also hate bugs. I have a habit of letting spiders live freely around the house - like roving death traps. Occasionally I find desiccated husks laying around in corners and the like. This was also a common reoccuring thought during the spinning.

Here are the yarns used: Green/Beige Romney and Cotton Crochet Thread... size 10?

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