Thank you backers! I have received most of your survey answers now, with more still trickling in! With almost a full list of all the Fairy Tale choices compiled, I am getting a pretty good idea of what the art yarns are going to look like! Here is a passage from Rumpelstiltskin to get you feeling the fairy-tale/fiber connection. This particular story was chosen by a few of you, so expect a Rumpelstiltskin art yarn in the finished collection!
"Once there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the King, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him, "I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold." The King said to the miller, "That is an art which pleases me well; if your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her to-morrow to my palace, and I will try what she can do."
And when the girl was brought to him he took her into a room which was quite full of straw, gave her a spinning-wheel and a reel, and said, "Now set to work, and if by to-morrow morning early you have not spun this straw into gold during the night, you must die." Thereupon he himself locked up the room, and left her in it alone. So there sat the poor miller's daughter, and for her life could not tell what to do; she had no idea how straw could be spun into gold, and she grew more and more miserable, until at last she began to weep.
But all at once the door opened, and in came a little man, and said, "Good evening, Mistress Miller; why are you crying so?" "Alas!" answered the girl, "I have to spin straw into gold, and I do not know how to do it." "What will you give me," said the manikin, "if I do it for you?" "My necklace," said the girl. The little man took the necklace, seated himself in front of the wheel, and "whirr, whirr, whirr," three turns, and the reel was full; then he put another on, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three times round, and the second was full too. And so it went on until the morning, when all the straw was spun, and all the reels were full of gold."....The story of course does not end there. :)
The Drum Carder is here!!! I have had it for one whole day and have already carded up a ton of gorgeous batts! Fiber artists spin batts directly into yarn, or use them for making felt. Now it is much easier for me to prepare fiber for myself and others! You can see in the last pic the size of a batt made on the drum carder, compared to a rolag made on hand carders. Wow, what a difference! THANK YOU all for making this tremendous difference happen!!!!