When I went to Fiber Expo I was deeply smitten with these batts.
They are Whimsy batts from Frankie Loves Fiber, wonderful blends of merino, corriedale, shetland, silk and sparkle. I couldn’t choose between them. To me, colorwise, they belong together, so I brought home all three. I know, twist my arm.
Weeks later when it came time to spin them, I felt even more strongly that the three should be one mixed colorway. It had become an idea I couldn’t shake, a bee in my spinning bonnet. So I went with it.
Here’s what I did to combine them.
Open, the batts had even more colors:
I divided each of the batts lengthwise into 4 strips, then set aside 2 strips of each batt to be spun in longer color runs.
The remaining strips I divided in half widthwise into a pile of 12 teeny batts.
Both the strips and shreds I spun in a random color order. I placed the strips in one grocery bag and the shreds another and grabbed without looking.
I spun the strips onto one bobbin, attenuating each strip lengthwise and spinning from the end. I controlled this yarn a little more, thick and thin, but drafting outÂ some of the bigger bits. I spun woolen, long draw, at a wpi between 14-16.
I spun the shreds by fluffing them more than attenuating them, but still spinning from the end. I controlled this yarn less, lumps, bumps and chunks of goodness all in the yarn. I spun woolen, long draw, at a wpi between 10-12.
I plied the two bobbins and the result is the colorway that stuck itself in my head when I first fell for these batts.
The wpi is 4-6, the yarn is soft and sparkly, the colors randomly spread throughout. Now what should I make?
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
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