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February 2014

This variation on corespinning isn't something I see very often, but the potential for creating both mild and wild yarns is tremendous.

1. Transform your stash

Thin, incomplete coverage of a core allows you to transform your stash and change the character of existing yarns.

Layers: mini mochi rainbow over spun.

This yarn started as a bright, rainbow single of Mini Mochi. Painting over it with a batt and then Navajo-plying tones down the rainbow effect without losing the beauty of the gradation and brings out the purples and yellows.  It still knits up as a conventional yarn, but with an entirely new sophistication.

Stash busting? You can use this method to harmonize mismatched leftovers from other projects to accumulate enough yardage to take on a project.  

Have some handpainted yarn in your stash you love, but find the colors don't knit up as nicely as you'd like? This application will preserve the beauty of the dyeing while homonogenizing your yarn enough to work with a wider variety of stitches.

2. Paint with color

Layering colors over one another lets you create a unique, painterly look to your yarns, adding depth of color or contrast without muddying when contrasting colors meet.

Corespun Fern Room

This yarn combines a matte, reddish merino core with a glossy green mohair to invoke my memories of the old Como Conservatory fern room.

3. Waste not, want not

Top for spinning can be a fragile thing - a little too much rinsing while dyeing, or even just long-term storage can cause your fiber to matt and felt.  Rather than trying to draft it, tossing it, or struggling to restore it to spinning quality, make it a beautiful base for creating a chunky layered yarn.


This pink felted merino top for example, torn into strips, became the heart of a fluffy, bulky, ready-to-wear skein showcasing a small amount of precious local pygora.

Come try it with me!  

We'll be learning this technique at the Weaver's Guild on the brightly-colored sock yarn of your choice.