Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Pixie Puddles

Time for a new project kiddlings.  We are really excited about this one as it's foreign ground.  Sure we have spun lots, sure we have knit with our hand spun BUT we have never used angora and so consider this a challenge shawl.
    We bought what? 4 ounces of rabbit angora... one in white and one in tort which has brown in it.
From Atelier du Coeur on Etsy.  It was very resonably priced so I was able to get the full 8 ounces, four for each of us.
     Then we bought 3 ounces of Tinkerbell which is in two 1.5 ounce batts.  More for the name then anything else.  This came in already separated for us which was the one that got me thinking about Fleegles shawl that was a hand spun.  If you scroll down to the end of this PAGE you will see her shawl all puddled up which is where you can see the gradient in effect.
     Atelier Du Coeur's TJ was very helpful in sending through a bunch of YouTube video's on working with angora which I watched faithfully.  In the end I came to realize that you either have to spin from the straight on this stuff or card it with something else.  What's the something else?  Ashland Bay merino 64 count (super soft) undyed which is ecru not white.
     After we half our wares we will each end up with:
  1. 4 ounces of the white angora 
  2. 1.5 ounce batt 
  3. 4 ounces of Ashland Bay undyed  
The plan is to make a shawl from our hand spun yarnthat goes from natural through to green slowly coming in like the puddle shawl above.
     We figure with Pixie being in the midst we will design a start for the shawl of dust.... tiny little something pattern.  This will then have Tinks bodice as the top pattern.
Then some where in there we need to have wings to fly.

The end will have her scalloped hem as in Tinks dress.  
     We will either ply it back with a cobweb silk thread or core spin.  We aren't sure which will work better but I know that we have to have that color to flow seamlessly through from one color to the next getting deeper as we go.  Or working back to the white depending on how it works out.
     Neither of us has worked with angora and know that it's fickle before we start. Daunting but we are up to it.  We are armed to the teeth!!! With our lace whirls and our fine hand carders. We realize that it will have to be spun straight and not from the fold or we pay in prickliness which is where the Ashland Bay products will have to come in as I believe we will have to card the fibers together.  
     Well, a girl can dream can't she?  I'm sure that I have white cobweb cashmere in the stash so we are good to go.  
     I'm outta here, hoping you are having a wonderful day.  Pixie Dust to you and yours.  YF & P#1

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