Remember, this is the swap wherein each participant boxes up some Halloween-y fiber (+ some other goodies) to send to their swapmate, and each then uses the materials they receive to spin up a their own art-yarn. And, oh, the possibilities in this box!! There's 2oz. of black domestic wool, and some synthetic spider "web", and ribbon in two flavors, and rubber bugs (rubber baby buggies anyone?), and beautiful roving. I'm thinking I'll make 2 different yarns outta this: a black and orange halloween-themed, bug-laden, funny-haha yarn; and a warm-n-fuzzy, autumnal, sedate-in-a-good-way yarn from that scrumptious merino roving.
Merino? Did I say merino? Oh, yeah, baby, that's 4oz of premium, hand-dyed by the 'Wench herself, merino roving in lovely autumnal glorious browns and purples. Makes me think of warm berry pie with cinnamon ice cream. Yummy. Lynn sells this wonderful fiber and handspun yarns, too, at her site, and read about the process on her blog.
But that's not all I got! Check out my feet. She sent me these kickin' spider socks, too. It's hard to tell, but the spider's coming down on purple sparkly spider butt-juice. I loves me some sparkly!
And that skull? It's filled with rubber rats, cockroaches, and maggots, as well as "blood." Love it!
As for spinning this, of course my personal insecrities (here: spinning inadequacy) kick in to high gear. My inner Wayne and Garth: "I'm not worthy." I'm afraid I can't do justice to the beautiful roving. I don't have any way to card, comb, or otherwise blend the beautiful fibers. I don't know how to spin the bugs in. More blahblah, "I can't" bullshit. So. I'm not going to go there. Not. Going. There. Instead, I'm going to remember my conversation with Natasha the other day, and I'm not going to use my fear as an excuse not to try. Who cares if it's "as good" as someone else's yarn? It's my creation, so it's good enough. (Like my little internal, oops, out-loud-voice pep talk?). Yeah, the new me is going to just DO IT. And it'll be great. Wanna see what we come up with? Check out our pool on Flickr, Fluff Candy.