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I was going to call this finished yarn “Electric Lotus” because the two colorways I spun together to make this yarn were “Elektra” and “Lotus.” I was expecting something much brighter but since I bought them on variegated BFL, it has totally changed the color profile of the yarn.

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It was a surprising spin and I love it. Deep grays, rich burgundies, deep browns, streaks of cream and some surprising pops of midnight blue…

I didn’t really have a master plan when I spun this up, beyond, “Spin enough to knit Sorcha a generously slouchy hat.”

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Wait. You mean I have to knit this gorgeous yarn into a hat for someone else? Fine. But I don’t have to be happy about it.  There’s definitely enough there for a generously slouchy cap. Perhaps two. Which wouldn’t make me cry.

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I went for a mostly Aran weight yarn, with some deliberately thick and thin bits here and there, just to give it some textural interest. As with every other Fat Cat Knits fiber I’ve ever spun up, it was a dream to spin, beautifully prepared, and the yarn is deliciously soft and squishy.

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Not Quite An Electric Lotus. More like, a Luddite Lotus. A low tech, still on dialup, no I don’t have an iPhone kind of yarn.

*niddy noddy issues = For those following along at home, a niddy noddy is a helpful tool that you can use to make up skeins of yarn when winding it off the bobbin of your spinning wheel. Well I don’t actually own a proper niddy noddy, but I live with a grip. Grips, in case you didn’t know, are very good at solving problems with whatever bits of string and tape and wax that you might have on hand. Thus, my niddy noddy is now an old wooden chair. We turn it upside down and set it on the kitchen table when I need to wind yarn. Captain Sexypants put super clever clove hitch rope knots on each of the legs to keep the yarn from sliding down when I’m winding it off the bobbin.

Rope + cats + before coffee + having to retie knots = hilarity has ensued.

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I know, I know, it’s been a lot of yarn porn lately. But you know, that’s what’s going on at Spacious Nuthouse Estates these days. All The Yarn.

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Dug into the stash and grabbed some fiber by another one of my favorite fiber color artists. Ginny, who runs the company Fat Cat Knits.

What makes Ginny’s club colorways really cool is that you don’t get just one color to play with. She always dyes up two distinct-but-related colorways and you get half and half of each. They are designed to work together so you can either ply them against each other nicely, or so that if you spun and plied the two distinct yarns separately, they would be very complimentary. This is nice for stripes or colorwork.

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I took the path of least resistance with this one and just plied the two bobbins against each other. I’m pretty happy I did. It’s a really wild array of colors and yet, they’re all quite harmonious. That’s why I named the skein “Autumn Array.” I’m so happy with this yarn! I feel like I’m starting to get my spinning chops back.

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Fat Cat Knits fiber bases are incredible and the prep is always so good. This stuff spun up like butter and it has been stuck in a packed bin in the stash for 3 years now. No felting at all. I easily got a very even single and the plied WPI was mostly nice and consistent around the skein. A few spots are less than perfect… but that’s the beauty of handspun!

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Autumn Array – 2011 Fat Cat Knits fiber club – BFL/silk.
206 yards of Aran weight yummiliciousness!

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Funky Greensleeves bun

With any luck, this skein will wind up as a project that lives a long and happy life, unlike the lady for whom the song was written…

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