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Pluckyfluff issued the following spinning challenge in her blog...scroll down to see submissions. Congratulations to Joyce Abbott/Banadura, voted the winner!

CHALLENGE #4 - EDIBLE YARN!
Breathe...breathe! come on now- shake it off. You can do this.
Criteria- Spin a yarn that is made from edible materials. No, it does not have to taste good.
Now...this is very very difficult. And to be nice I am going to say that we can use up to 2% of a non-edible material to help with structure or binding (like a core thread), but no more than 2%!!!
BONUS POINTS for anyone who can spin this with 100% edible materials.

Challenge ran for 1 week starting 12.7.07.
Submission closed

Voted on at Pfluff's blog on 12.15 + 12.16.
Polls closed at midnight, Sunday the 16th.

"Anti-Prize": Pluckyfluff's yarn example...if it doesn't get rotten.

           


   
             
    Lexi Boeger/Pluckyfluff

Beginning ingredients...
             
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    OK- here is the deal: this was a terrible idea! This is quite possibly the WORST YARN EVER. So here is what happened. Got the undies all cut into strips then needed some additional materials. I went and got tape gum and fruit stripe gum. Well...the undies spun OK- but the fruit striped just crumbled into bits and the tape gum had to be wrapped inside the undies or it fell off too. Managed to spin about 6 yards before wanting to die...              
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    Joyce Abbott/Banadura

The yarn is made of two kinds of seaweed and dried sardines.
             
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    Linda Scharf/Stoneleafmoon

Began with carrot tops, Habanero peppers, shallots. Broke down and added some thread for binding material. Spun on a spindle, because I didn't want my wheel to smell like shallots :) I keep thinking it should be used in a Peter Greenaway movie...maybe the sequel to "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover". I can see Helen Mirren knitting up something unique with it...
             
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    Velma Root/Colorbomb Creations

Cornhulio
This challenge was much more difficult than I anticipated. My original plan was to incorporate myriad "ingredients" into the yarn, using the quill attachment for my Lendrum, but abandoned that because neither my quill skills nor most of the ingredients proved up to the task.

             
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    The final product, 10 yards of singles 12WPI twine-texture yarn I call 'Cornhulio', is composed of corn husks, red & yellow onion skins, tomatillo skins, and dried serrano chilis. I soaked all the materials in warm water before spinning, then ended up tying the lengths of corn husks together as I spun, with the other materials wrapped in along the length of the skein. This is a 100% "edible" yarn. (Wish I had a goat to feed it to.)              
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