Friday, January 8, 2010

Purple Princess Handspun Art Yarn with Dolls





My little girl (who has just turned 5 - yikes) picked up this cool pack of purple dolls with wooden faces from the "$2 Shop" (although they actually cost about$4.50 I think) - so I thought I would spin them into a Purple Princess yarn.

My own little Princess (definately in attitude) helped me card up the bits on my drum carder - she likes to turn the handle, see the wool disappear from the tray & come out onto the drum. We put in merino, alpaca & polwarth wool (handdyed by myself this time) - and she would throw in lots of sparkly bits (firestar - in blues & greens). Oh & apparently it had to have sequins too.

Spinning it up was cool - I corespun it around a laceweight yarn & she would squeal when each doll got squeezed through the spinning wheel orifice (thank goodness I have a jumbo flyer) & then got submerged in wraps of wool!

Strangely satisfying!

BTW I still haven't managed to figure out how I can add my photos so they appear nicely throughout my blog, throughout the text? So I apologies for the poor formatting - could anyone please enlighten me on this Blogger skill? :)

9 comments:

Fresca said...

Fab!
I spend a lot of time positioning photos and text on blogger, so my eye has gotten faster at judging it; but I've not found a shortcut for the labor--if anyone else has one, I'll welcome it...

ArtSparker said...

I haven't given birth, but I assume squeezing dolls through spinning wheel orifices is a bit easier, although perhaps with an echo of the satisfaction of childbirth. As Fresca says, I think one needs to tinker with the individual lines, there;s no wrap capability - the other thing would be to selesct the larger format for the photos and then split up the type under them- you'd still have to tinker, though.

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks for that - I was wondering if I was missing a shortcut to doing the formatting. Now I know there isn't a wrap feature I will just tinker for a while!
Cheers!

Wooldancer said...

hey, that scene looks not so strangely familiar! I swear that could have been my kitchen table, but the Pioneer gave it away! I spin on a Poly from NZ ;)

tikje wit said...

wow !

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you!
LOL - I was thinking hard about an Ashford wheel, but really glad I went for Majacraft. The Pioneer works just great for me and was quite cheap, but all the jumbo flyer stuff fits it, which is cool!

wooldancer said...

i can see a Majacraft wheel in my foretold future ;) I do love thier folding wheels.. and the Pioneer is tempting! Not like a need another.. i have 3 already!!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Hey You. I can help you with this. just send me your email address and I'll send right back.
Cheers
Loani
loani at austarnet dot com dot au

Anonymous said...

thanks for share.