Module Four Yarn. Another spiral yarn with some added construction.
I chose freshwater pearls strung on a silk thread plied with the hand spun 15.5 micron merino single that I have used in similar construction spiral yarns.
I have never spun a yarn with beads before so it was interesting even learning how to string the beads, let alone how to spin with them as well.
This yarn is so very pretty, elegant and super soft. I am really pleased with it and can’t wait to make more beaded spiral yarns.
I was up late about 1:30 am spinning this yarn. I could hear the goats starting to call me in the baby monitor as I hadn’t been out to throw them any hay that evening as I was way too immersed in spinning with these pearls. I decided to run out quick and throw the hay, check on Bernie an expectant goat mom who was pregnatn for her first time, and come back in to string the last of the beads on and finish the spinning. Out I went, threw the hay, checked on everyone, locked up the kids that I am starting to wean, checked on Bernie and there were no babies. Came back inside and started to string the beads on. Was only in for a few minutes and Bernie started to scream. Now mind you, this goat screams all the time.
I don’t pay attention most times as she always screams. But this was definitely different. Her tail tendons and ligaments had loosened off completely and she had been super quiet which for her was an out of body experience, so the screaming I took as she was in labor. I only had about 30 beads to string so I calmly threaded them on and put the beads up high and walked out to the barn just in time for the arrival of twin does. One had the sack off her head and was already crying and trying to stand. The other was stuck with the sack on her head, and Bernie standing at the other end of the pen looking at me in terror. I am evil. She appears to be terrified of me for some reason although I told her yesterday we WILL be friends and she gave me that wide eyed you have got to be joking look again!! I grabbed a towel and went in the pen to get the sack off the babies head as I could hear her sucking it in and about suffocating. Once it was off and she was breathing and crying normal like, I stepped back and Bernie ran past me to attend to her new babies. I helped her dry them off a bit more, checked and saw that I had two girls and left them alone since it was a nice warm evening and both kids were trying to stand already. I have included a photo of Bernie with the twins at 10 hours old.
I would have finished the yarn before bed but by that time it was 2 am. I opted to finish the spinning and setting the yarn the next morning….or should I say later that same morning.
Yes. From merino, fresh water pearls and silk out to the barn to hay, dirt, amniotic fluid and blood. This is my life.