Cookin’ Up Some “Indian Corn”

September 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm 3 comments

Those autumn-toned ears you see this time of the year ARE edible (grind them to meal), and full of fiber — but not the kind I want to talk about.  All that’s cooking here is in my dyepot, and the recipe I want to share is for making a yarn that I named “Indian Corn.”  Here’s why:

Indian Corn Handspun, originally uploaded by wildharefiber.

It’s a pleasant worsted weight, and I’m going to end up with about 800 yards.  The recipe has just three ingredients:
Wool roving, dyed in a brown/green/red autumn colorway
Wool roving, dyed in a lighter yellow/orange autumn colorway
Fine rayon seed binder yarn (black and tan twist with golden, orange and green “seeds”
To make:
Spin each colorway of the wool separately, onto two different bobbins.  I spun the darker colorway finer than the lighter one, but spin thickness to taste (or to even out yardages if you have more of one than the other).  Use even twist, smooth but not obsessively perfect thickness.  Set aside.
Take an empty bobbin and set your wheel up to ply.  Put the bobbin of yarn you just made on your lazy kate and set it next to the ball or cone of your binder yarn.  Tie all three to your leader strip and ply, but hold the commercial binder yarn more tightly and at an angle, so that the two handspun plies wrap, or spiral around it.  Move hooks as necessary and continue plying until first bobbin is empty.  Skein yarn, soak to set twist, hand to dry… and enjoy a feast of handspun knitting or weaving!  Enjoy.
Here’s a final look at my ingredients:
My version was spun up on a Schacht and plied on a Kromski with plying head (for nice BIG skeins, since 2 Schacht bobbins fit on one jumbo Kromski).  Enjoy your own version of this delicious yarn!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. lisa  |  September 25, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the invitation on Ravelry. 🙂 This is gorgeous yarn!!! I love your blog.

  • 2. Carrie G  |  September 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I would love to get my fingers into that yarn!

  • 3. cicada Studio  |  September 25, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    This is a process I know literally nothing about. Thanks for the insight! It’s a beautiful wool. Wish I could knit!


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