Whoot! Lord of the Rings Yarns- Worldwide Premier and Giveaway!
I am so excited to bring you my new yarn gallery, in celebration of todays Premier in Wellington New Zealand of the new Hobbit movie!
VISIT THE GALLERY HERE!! But I’d love you to read about it all here first, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Closes 1 December, details at the end of this post!
For those of you who follow my Facebook page, you probably know I have been working on this series for some time already, well since earlier this year, a new project I started after the arrival of my Majacrat Aura, my ONE WHEEL (my preciousssss) with the uber amazing text engraved for me by Andy Poad, in ELVISH! Well how could I not make some Tolkien yarns on her?!
I have had a lovely time experimenting, dreaming, drawing and planning, messing with fibers… Some of them I carefully prepared, washing, handcombing, blending, dyeing, and others I used more rustically, creating texture and depth. And guess what, I still have loads of ideas for more in this series. I love how the books have so many incredible characters, settings, and emotions within them.
Each of these yarns is made based on my own interpretations of the places of characters, I tried to incorporate key aspects of each into the yarn. Here is a brief description of what was in my head when I was planning the yarns.
Arwen: While Alpaca with Silver
The beautiful white Arwen yarn is hand combed pure white Alpaca, traditionally spun as a smooth two plied yarn with a fine silver thread through it. I wanted this gorgeous flowing drape, smooth and carrying the beautiful dignity and grace of the Elves.
Lothlorien: Pale Green Alpaca with Angelina Sparkles
Along the same lines as Arwen, the other Alpaca yarn is Lothlorien, dyed in the palest apple green and filled with masses of delicate sparkles from some pale green Angelina, blended in as I combed it. This is also a clean lined, drapey flowing yarn. I was thinking of the magical forest, glowing, slightly delicate, dappled and green..
This yarn was a load of fun! Bright grassy greens of green New Zealand Merino, representing the hills of the Shire, red and yellow flowers made from fluffy BFL, blue strands flowing around it for the river, and flashes of sparkle as Gandalf lights the fireworks to celebrate Bilbo’s birthday!
I love the Hobbitty Feet yarn! Naturally Brown New Zealand Polwarth forms the quite rustic, almost tree rootish, very earthy base, and of course the furry tufts, softest natural alpaca sticks out and a nice feathery way. I spun the Polwarth and then chain plied it into a three ply yarn adding in the alpaca tufts, which I then coiled around a core thread to make it really solid and steady, just like a Hobbit.
The Mines of Moria
This yarn is also natural brown Alpaca fibers, spun in a highly textured manner to indicate the underground hewn earth, with streaks of gold (thread) through and around it. Occasional bursts of orange flame, maybe they are Dwarven treasures, or maybe the hidden fires of the Balrog..
The Fires of Mordor
is a dark, brooding yarn, corespun for texture, wrapping sinuously around a thread of darkness, inner glows from the fires within are made with blood red angelina mixed through the overdyed Gotland. I left intact locks and tail spun them in to create tentacles that come reaching out, searching for the One Ring.
This is the only one of these yarns I have used to create something else, in this case I knitted it into a cowl which doubles as a hood. These fibers are naturally silvery grey Gotland locks, spun loosely but with great depth, and filled with a magical glow. I dont think any journey is complete without Gandalf!
I hope you enjoy what I have created! I am very happy to be sharing these ideas and my fiber play with you!
As a special treat, and to celebrate the release of my LOTR collection, I am also running a GIVEAWAY!! Leave a comment on this post, with your ideas for the next LOTR yarn, and if you win, I will spin it for you! If you share it on your FB page (or any of the other kazillion social media sites) come back and leave another comment to tell me and you get a second entry!
And now – THE GALLERY!
just an edit to say – if you dont know the story or characters well enough to suggest a yarn don’t worry, dream up your own yarn and lets see if I can make it for you! Also if I am not commenting below – its cos I dont want to ruin the random draw by getting my name in there! You know I am on this side of my puter squeeeing over your ideas right! 🙂