Spinning for the Guild Challenge.

IN June at the last meeting of the guild before summer a guild challenge was arraigned. It is called Fiber Poker.  the Ide is to get you out of your comfort zone and get you to try something different.  In my case I am playing spinning poker. There are several stacks of cards and you have to pick one from each to get your challenge the stacks represent different aspects of yarn: colour, fiber, type of yarn, general design.  I picked colour: two colours; fibre: goat; type of yarn: 3-ply; general design: include beads. the roles say you can return one card and repick but that it but just one.  The first step was to get some Mohair. I got some combed top and some locks.


I decided that the easiest thing to do was thread beads onto the locks and them spin them in as I go.

I used this handy tool that is for helping to floss your teeth when you have braces.

The top was sticky so not easy to spin. I did manage to add some beads but it was a struggle. I took it off on to an empty weaving yarn cone.

I have the second single done.

I have one more to go. Originally I thought I would do a navaho or chain ply to get my 3 ply but I think the beads being large would end up making very frustrating. I think it may be very frustrating anyway. We will see.  You will notice that there isn’t much yarn with beads. It will be a very small skein of yarn but there was no min length so this will do. I am not enjoying the spinning but that’s ok . Now I have tried it I never have to again. 😀 I have to have it done by September 11. I think I will make it.

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14 Responses to Spinning for the Guild Challenge.

  1. Fny says:

    Oh gosh, the beads… that must be tricky to get right!

  2. Leonor says:

    Those beads seem to be quite heavy, Ann. That might be the issue there! Are you still going to ply this yarn? I ask because you don’t seem to have any anchoring for the beads at the moment, which means they’ll be moving abound a lot and creating friction on the fibre…
    Are you doing another blog post on what you’ll make with this? I’m curious about your next step 🙂

    • they aren’t really very heavy but they are anchored in place. I fluffed up the ends other locks and poked them through the top and spun the lock in so they won’t move. This will just be a small sample. It might work to make the bobbles on a Christmas tree picture.

    • Leonor says:

      Looking forward to seeing what you make with this!

  3. Lyn says:

    It’s good to work outside of your comfort zone – sometimes it’s inspiring and sometimes it’s not – but it’s always worth a go.
    I’d love to see the finished yarn sample.

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Wow that’s quite the challenge Ann! I can imagine what patience it had to take to not only bead the locks, but spin them. Good for you. I look forward to seeing it finished.

  5. ruthlane says:

    Wow, that seems painful. I am sure you will have learned something from this challenge even if it’s only that you don’t want to try it again 🙂

  6. zedster66 says:

    I like the idea of your spinning poker game, I’m not sure I’d be happy with your hand though! You did well to even bead the locks, I hope it gets easier to finish 🙂

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