As I already know how to spin, I decided to teach myself a new technique and see if I could execute a yarn that has been bouncing around in my head for quite some time. For those that are keeping track, last Saturday was the same Saturday that I was possessed to redesign my sweater. All I can say is it was a very very busy day full of fiber artistry!
Inspired by the Desert Globe Mallow, in addition to some supercoils to mimic leaves, I cage spun little bits of pink, orange and yellow onto a single of handblended merino and firestar fiber. It was a bit challenging ensuring the little tufts were securely fastened to the main yarn, but in the end a few passes of a plying thread seemed to do the trick. Out of all the yarns I've turned out thus far, I think this one is my most favorite yet!
While the mallow in the photo above does not have any orange, I should point out that the globe mallow actually has both orange and pink blooms, though not on the same plant.