Famous Couples Spin-A-Long

I went ahead and joined my very first Spin-A-Long!  You purchase the fiber and spin it up by a certain date to become eligible for PRIZES!!!  Then, you knit the yarn into a finished project for another chance to win.  It’s all rather exciting.

Brittany and Carrie, a soon to be Famous Couple

This particular spin-a-long was put together by Brittany (BohoKnitterChic Spins) and Carrie (CraftyPuppyLover) via their Ravelry groups of the same names.  The theme is Famous Couples.  These ladies chose photos of a handful of famous couples (i.e. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Sid and Nancy, He-Man and She-Ra, Thelma and Louise, and Aladdin and Jasmine) for inspiration.  Then, each took one person in each couple and carded up batts.  The batts shipped as pairs and, astoundingly, coordinate fabulously together!

Aladdin & Jasmine, Inspiration Photo

Most of the photos of the famous couples had a lot of red and/or pink.  Since I try to steer clear of pinks, I asked Brittany to choose a couple for me that was mostly smooth (as opposed to chunky) fibers and void of pink!  She suggested Aladdin and Jasmine, and so that’s what I did.  And it was the perfect choice.  I absolutely love the colors and fibers. 

Aladdin and Jasmine Batts, Photo Courtesy of Fiber-Fancy (cards are in front of wrong batts)

As soon as I had a free bobbin, I started spinning Aladdin.  The single was complete in one night – a marathon for my spinning skills!  Then Jasmine went just as fast.  So fast, even, that I forgot to photo the batt before it was all spun.  The photo above is used by permission from the lovely FiberFancy.  I was debating whether or not I wanted to ply them together, or leave them on their own, when I watched a video tutorial on Navajo-plying.  Navajo-plying (n-plying) is a technique that uses one single to create a 3-ply yarn.  You make a series of loops with the single and spin it all together.

Aladdin, N-Plying

 I was so pleased with how the Aladdin turned out, I decided I would give Jasmine the same treatment!  The n-plying is fairly easy, once you get the rhythm of the motions.  You also have to be sure you have your single placed just in the right spot so that it unwinds easily from the bobbin.  I’m more than pleased with the finished yarns!

Skeins of Aladdin and Jasmine

2 thoughts on “Famous Couples Spin-A-Long

  • September 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm
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    Thank you so much for joining the SAL! Love the blog post and your yarns. I hope I get to see them in person some day. 🙂

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:33 am
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    the SAL was awesome! i’m sure i’ll do more in the future. i’ll bring the yarn left-overs to our next knit night!

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