Presenting, the brand new first ever Louet Art Yarn Flyer!!

Presenting, the brand new first ever Louet Art Yarn Flyer!!

Some excitement, especially for those of you with Louet S10s or pretty much any S model Louet wheel!  As you may already know, we previewed the Louet Art Yarn Flyer prototype at a recent WoolWench Workshop, with great success, and it attracted much interest! Now I am proud to present to you the official Louet video, made with myself and Patty Poot (Netherlands Louet Dealer) to show you the brand new flyer in its final state! This video will soon be on the Louet website, but I wanted to give you a premier right here on my blog. (Scroll down for the video) I am really thrilled to be able to present this flyer to you for Louet, its been a while coming, but its going to transform all those trusty S10’s out there into bulky art yarn wheels instantly! It has a huge 3/4 inch orifice, a lovely smooth and rounded yarn guide that effortlessly directs your yarn to the equally smooth curved ring, and onto the big bulky size bobbin. I have spun quite a few different art yarns with this flyer, including the beehive coils that often, on other flyers, get slightly hung up on the guides and open up before they get to the bobbin. I like my coils to be tight and perfect! On this flyer I think I have spun my best ever beehive coils! They just slip through all the guides without a second thought so they arrive on the bobbin as compact as I spun them, I loved that! As with all the Louet products, this has a smooth clean, modern design, it is highly functional, and best of all, super easy to use. It has three ratios so you get a pretty good range of twist and tension adjustment, it spins smoothly and is well balanced, and the guide ring adjustment system works quickly and easily. It fits both standard and bulky sized bobbins. I think if you already have an S10 and want to use it to spin your art yarns, this is going to be an awesome addition to your equipment inventory! It will transform your wheel, you’ll be able to spin beads, bobbles, coils, all sorts of add-ins, that you wished you could do before and never could! If you are considering a new wheel, you now have the option of the amazing reliability of a standard Louet wheel, combined with the versatility of a bulky art yarn flyer, youre not going to ‘grow out’ of this wheel in a hurry thats for sure! This flyer will fit most standard S10 models and most of the S model range from Louet, some design elements have changed over...

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Can we spin this? Yes we can!

Can we spin this? Yes we can!

Welcome to my first 2013 blog post! I hope this is going to prove a wonderful exciting challenging fun and creative year for us all! To kick off then, and to give you a tip for an awesome blog to follow (if you’re not already) I wonder who has been following the Spin Artiste game, all new, ‘Can You Spin This?’ challenge. I noticed a discussion thread on the Spin Artiste Ravelry forum about this new idea, and well of course I couldnt resist it 😛 If you are like me, you already look at everything with an eye to ‘can I spin that?’, things catch your eye and you are suddenly seeing them spun into a yarn! However I had seen some of the items that Arlene (Spin Artiste) finds interesting at yard sales, and been the recipient of some already pretty weird Secret Stash items, the freakiest being a very 70’s plastic doll complete with barely touchable acrylic crocheted dress, and a close second would have to be the coarse and hairy mystery fiber in the Leather and Lace challenge!  So even with a ‘can I spin that’ eye on thing, I figured it could get much more crazy, and guess what, it didnt! I was in fact the verrrrry lucky recipient of this amazing Spin Artiste find, and it was something that I took one look at and knew straight away that ‘yes I can!’ Isnt it amazing?! Its very literally a lovely bit of fluff. This did however set me back a bit! It was so gorgeous, and seemed so perfect just as it was, two rows of fluff balls joined together with a black cord. I didnt want to mess with it and ruin it. So I waited a while and thought about what to do. I decided that the obvious thing to do (at least to me cos its the first idea I had) would be to separate it all out, thread the balls and spin them into a yarn, one at a time. But the idea didnt seem right, firstly because I often try very hard not to do the most obvious thing I can think of, and secondly, because I didnt think it felt right to have such a variation of thickness between a spun yarn and these big bobbles, like it would turn out looking like an over-clipped poodle, and that wasn’t what I wanted. So I am pleased I didnt pick up the scissors straight away! What I did do though, is snipped down the middle, opening it out into a single length string of fluff balls. It occured to me that it looked tail-like. Also my 4 year old...

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