Squiggle a Little Something

  Corespun Squiggle Yarn by Stephanie Stratton.

imageplaceholder Gina Kuzmick
Assistant Editor, Spinning Daily

We here at Spinning Daily believe in having fun with your yarn, and nothing could be more fun than Stephanie Stratton's Corespun Squiggle Yarn, which is featured on the cover of the new fall issue of Spin-Off. Here's Stephanie to talk about how she achieved such a playful texture…and how you can, too! –Gina

Squiggle. The word in itself is fun and whimsical. It was the perfect word to describe a yarn that retains the curl of lustrous lock and is still soft to the touch. I adore that the yarn is structured and balanced, yet retains the wild curls that can charm one’s imagination.

Years ago when taking the plunge into corespinning, I instantly fell in love with the technique. But as a diehard knitter, the un-plied version was at times kinky and very unforgiving. There had to be a better way.

One of my first squiggle yarns was made with Border Leicester locks from a lovely sheep named Mary who was bred and still lives on Windsor Wool Farm in Windsor, Kentucky. The ends of the locks were flicked out and then corespun for a light, airy yarn that when plied back on itself created the most scrumptious bit of lofty goodness you have ever seen.

  Open the locks by hand to free any trapped vegetable matter and prepare them for spinning.

Unfortunately, the yardage was not what I had hoped for. The next yarn was spun with the same preparation but plied with a thread. This of course allowed for greater yardage.

But there was a teeny, tiny mistake made in the middle of the night while preparing the locks. A small amount of fiber at the end of the corespun single was only flicked open on the cut end. During plying, I wished the entire yarn was made of the teeny, tiny mistake. With practice, I came to learn that by selecting fleeces with less vegetable matter than others the locks simply needed to be lightly handpicked open.

The same processing of fiber can be used to create lovely accents in smooth yarns. And, some of my favorite yarns have been created by combining the opened locks with a variety of other contrasting fibers such as sari silk fabric strips and waste, dyed combed top, silks, bamboo, angelina, and the list goes on.

Now you can create your own fun masterpieces with Interweave’s new Corespun Squiggle Yarn kit, which includes fleece from Mary the sheep and her daughter! You’ll find that the yarn tends to speak on its own and works wonderfully for shawls, cowls, hats, felted pieces, and even curtains. Get creative and have fun!  




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