Still on the hunt for the fiber for the wrap for the mother-of-the-bride ensemble, my friend Naomi, my granddaughter F and I made a trip to Babetta’s Yarn Cafe – a wonderfully stocked and staffed LYS in Fair Oaks, California.
I tend to be on the conservative with color, preferring fiber (always natural), textural stitches and tailoring over colorful, novelty yarns. Naomi is, well, simply amazing, courageous and brilliant with color. So it was no surprise to me that, while I picked through muted lace weight silks, wools, alpacas, bamboo and all combinations thereof and granddaughter F played in the children’s section, Naomi’s keen eyes were immediately drawn to some of the fabulous colors and yarns I normally would not reach for.
Naomi was particularly attracted to a multi-stranded necklace crocheted out of two yarns (pic at left) held together: Berroco’s “Seduce” (1.41 oz/40 g, 100y/92m, 47% rayon viscose, 25% linen, 17% silk, 11% nylon) and Mango Moon’s “Zing String” (pic to the left). Zing String (75y/69m) is made up of two very thin cotton sewing threads onto which are hand-tied beads and stones. It comes wrapped around a large section of bamboo.
The stranded necklace was indeed lovely but “wasn’t me” – or at least I protested as Naomi shoved a cone of Zing String and a skein of Berroco’s “Captiva” (1.75oz/50g, 98y/90m, 60% cotton, 23% polyester, 17% acrylic). into my hands. Her response: “Nonsense. You have blue eyes and silver hair. Make this, wear it with a black dress, and Thor will be dazzled.”
Now I like to believe Thor is dazzled every morning as I pad around wearing his robe, my hair pulled back in clips in a size that rival Minnie Mouse’s ears. (You’re probably wondering what’s the weather like on my planet.) Thus motivated, I bought the skein of Captiva and cone of Zing String. That night, using a fairly large crochet hook (US.H8/5mm/ UK6/Japan8), holding the yarns together, I made a slip knot and started crocheting slip stitches.
One has to be a bit careful with Zing String. At first I put it on a base I put weaving cones when I warp. I soon moved it into one of my yarn bowls. Neither worked well; the thread tends to catch on the stones/beads fairly regularly. I found setting it next to me and gently pulling, stopping from time to time to coax the yarn out of its hold on stones/beads worked best.
I am not sure how I am going to transform it to a wearable piece of art. Naomi and I brainstormed over dinner the other night. We have ideas we’re experimenting on. This weekend we’ll make some prototypes.
And in case you’re wondering, I also bought a ball of yarn for another swatch for the wrap-to-go-with-the-mother-of-the-bride-dress. This time I’m trying an extremely fine and shiny 5-ply cotton in pink.