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29. August 2011 08:12
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday: Double Whammy!

29. August 2011 08:12 by Jobo | 0 Comments

TTT Tiny Turkish

Today, you get a double whammy of spindle/fiber eye candy!  I finally gave in and decided to try a turkish spindle.  I had been wanting to give one an honest try for a while.  I received a larger Turkish in a swap at one point, but I didn't like it much.  it seemed that the spin was just off, and I couldn't get the hang of it.  Maybe I was totally doing it wrong, but it just didn't click for me.  That was odd of course because I usually Love spindles!  (i.e. like a fat kid loves cake)  and I had not really met a spindle that I didn't find some value in.

Fastforward to last week:  I was inspired by someone on a Rav Forum to try a Threads Thru Time Tiny Turkish :)

This little fella really is Tiny... no joke!  Tiny weighs in at 0.6 ounces, and stands only 4.5 inches tall.  He looks like an Eiffel Tower miniature, except in Cobalt Blue and pretty as heck.  Apparently these are made from dyed and then laminated wood and come in all different colors.  The company also makes a few different sizes and weights.  The "Tiny" is not recommended as a beginner spindle.  That's ok - I'm not a beginner spindle obsessor enthusiast!

This experience was a much more positive one... the spin in this case is great!  It took me a while to figure out the best method of "flicking" to get Tiny turning, but with a little practice I was twisting that sample fiber up like nobody's business! (Ashland Bay Merino - in Violet in case you wondered...)

After the sample swatch I couldn't help myself... the weight and the spin created such a great teensy thread, I jumped right into a 5.5 ounce commitment to spin some Corgi Hill Farms Merino/Silk 80/20:




Tiny Turkish with Seaglass CorgiHill 

The colorway here is called "Seaglass"... a mix of pale seafoams, teals, and mossy greens.  Really, I think the name fits - it has that same greeny feeling you get from sand polished glass you find on the beach.  I've always loved the products I've purchased from the Ladies of Corgi Hill Farms.  The fibers are sublime, well prepared, fantastically dyed, and arrive lightning quick in the mail.  I love the batts too :)  I hope to be able to get a ton of yardage from the 5.5 ounce braid.... I had started spinning just end to end, but decided that the color runs would be too long that way and decided to strip the top in half lengthwise and try from there.  Something tells me I might end up stripping the second half even further to make the finished yarn more blended.  Unplanned Fiber Adventure!  should be interesting... and feels so exotic and unusual on this teensy unique little spindle!


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