Next week the class is about spinning art yarns; in particular the kind with add-ins. Those can be a wide variety of objects. Things with a hole in them are easier, like beads, buttons, sequins. I have only tried the kind with beads before.
Yesterday I made this bold pom pom yarn. Again the starting material was from the dollar store. Well I had the turquoise wool single (polwarth I think) just sitting around on a spare bobbin. The playful pom poms wanted to be paired up with a bright base yarn. For these I had to poke the needle through the center of the pom pom.
The pom pom yarn was harder to make, because the largest size of pom pom did not fly easily through the orifice. I am using the jumbo flyer with huge orifice on my Lendrum wheel. But still the suckers were getting caught on the orifice and then two different rings. So each large pom pom forced me to stop treadling to push it through. Definitely a labour-intensive project.
Right now these yarns will be used for demonstration purposes but I can see them being used up in some lively project in the future.