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Pinkatee-pink-pink - Art yarn, spiral spun with beads

Pinkatee-pink-pink - Art yarn, spiral spun with beads

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Pink! There's no two ways about it, this is pink. Sometimes I find myself issuing warnings about how my camera can accentuate reds, pinks and oranges but not today. Today I need to warn you that this is pink. Hot pink, bright pink, burn the retinas out pink

If you're not interested in pink, click away now, however, if pink is your thing...

... this is a one off, art yarn spun from merino is varying shades of pink and plied with a pink cotton thread carrying pale pink glass beads and pink dyed stones. The addition of the beads makes the weight a less useful number but it is about 83g. More important to know is that there is 48m (52 yds) and it is an aran to chunky weight yarn (11 wpi)

This would make a striking pink addition to your next knitted, crocheted or woven project. It is going to add a bit of weight (it's all those beads) so you'll probably want to use it sparingly.

Did I mention it's pink?

Merino wool is sourced from non-mulesed flocks and dyed (pink) to Oeko-Tex 100 standards. The beads were threaded by ladies in Indonesia - purchasing that thread helped provide dignity of financial independence for women and their families 

Pink.

Minis & Micros

I wind my handspun yarn into skeins (you might also call them hanks). Its a convenient way of getting yarn to you untangled and allows me to give you an accurate estimate of the length (count the number of loops and multiple by the length of the skein).

 

A Skein will be anything 30g or heavier

A Mini Skein is generally around the 20g mark so I use that description for skeins from 15g to 30g

A Micro Skein is under 15g. When the length of yarn gets down to sample territory rather than a usable length you might see Nano Skeins (bear in mind 8g of laceweight is going to go a lot further than 8g of chunky art yarn)

You'll notice that the weights of the skeins vary a bit, that's because I'm a knitter too and that makes me adverse to joins in yarn. Let me explain that a bit more clearly - when I spin say 100g of fibre on to two bobbins its very unlikely I'll get precisely 50g on to each one. I could split it evenly when I wind the skeins but that would mean taking a bit off one length and adding it to the other - you get two equal weight skeins but would find a knot in one of them!

To avoid the dreaded knots I don't even out the skeins. To make things a bit easier I group the skeins by size but always give you an approximate weight and length measurement. That doesn't necessarily mean the heavier skeins are better value, the length (yardage) is the important measurement!

 

Yarn weight & tension/gauge

I classify my handspun by yarn weight (thickness) and suggested tension/gauge (number of stitches and rows over a stated size) to give you a guide to their use -

Please, always check for yourself! Knitting a swatch and checking your tension/gauge is always a good idea but it's particularly important when working with handspun yarn

 Weight US Yarn Standard WPI*

Tension** 

Suggested needles
Lace 0 - Lace 34+ 33-40 1.5-2.25mm
4 ply, Sock, Fingering, Baby 1 - Super Fine 18-30 28-32 2.25-3.25mm
Baby, Sport (4 ply) 2 - Fine 12-18 23-26 3.25-3.75mm
DK, Light Worsted 3 - Light 11-15 22-30 3.75-4.5mm
Aran, Worsted 4 - Medium 9-12 16-20 4.5-5.5mm
Chunky 5 - Bulky 6-9 12-15 5.5-8mm
Bulky, Roving 6 - Super bulky 5-6 10-12 8-12.75mm
Jumbo, Roving 7- Jumbo 1-4 6 or less 12.75mm + up

*wpi - Wraps per inch, literally a measurement of yarn thickness

** Stitches to 10cm/4" in stocking stitch

Are you looking for some more?

Sometimes you might need more handspun yarn than I have available, sometimes I can help with that...

As spinning is my relaxation time, I don't spin to order as such. If I have, or can obtain, more fibre for a yarn you can ask me to add it to my 'to spin' list. To do that either drop me an email at anna@alittletangled.co.uk or use the chat box. Once I know what you are looking for I'll work on spinning. When it's ready I'll let you and give you the opportunity to purchase it before anyone else. What I won't do is give you a precise date it'll be ready (minimum turnaround is 2 weeks) or take payment before it's ready (quantities over 200g may require a deposit)

To help you choose your yarn I've labelled them as

One of a Kind (OOAK) - These are one offs, I won't be able to spin any more than is already available

Limited edition (Ltd Ed) - I have a limited quantity of the fibre required to spin these yarns, let me know how much you'll looking for and I'll check if its possible

Repeatable - I either have, or can obtain more stock of the fibre to spin these. If a yarn isn't marked as OOAK or Ltd Ed then it's repeatable* (I reserve the right to make errors here, I'll always double check before I agree to spin!)

* When I say 'repeatable' I know you know about batch variation and that 'handspun/blended/made' means I'm no machine, there will be variations!

Washing & Care

'Cool hand wash and dry flat' is my suggestion for the majority of my handspun yarn. Most will felt (which could be a good thing if you're a felter!)

I wet finish all my handspun which helps to eliminate any loose dye however, it's always a good idea to wash strong colours separately.

Colour matching & images

I do my very best to show you images that portray my products accurately. However, colours will vary with monitor settings etc and some, in particular reds, oranges and pinks, do not photograph well. If I can help with descriptions, just let me know using the chat or drop me an email at anna@alittletangled.co.uk

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