Batt Love

When I went to Fiber Expo I was deeply smitten with these batts.

Puffy, puffy 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:

Pink, red, purple and shades of dirt

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.

Batts stripped

The remaining strips I divided in half widthwise into a pile of 12 teeny batts.

shredded 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.

Strips bobbin on the left, shreds bobbin on the right

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 out  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.

Blended batts FTW

The wpi is 4-6, the yarn is soft and sparkly, the colors randomly spread throughout. Now what should I make?

Soft and smooshy

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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. Spy on her on her website

17 thoughts on “Batt Love

  1. Sarah

    Yummy combination! Whatever it becomes, it’s sure to be fluffy and squishy and GORGEOUS! I fell in love with FrankieLoveFibers Batts a while back…i’m totally addicted to spinning them! So glad to see you enjoyed them too. 🙂

  2. kashurst

    I’m with Anne Marie. Big, sparkly cowl. Or leg warmers. I don’t know, but sparkly leg warmers really appeal to me…

  3. Mary Jane

    Love these colors! I’m all over a cushy cowl(buttoned, not pull over). With fingerless mitts, if you have enough yardage…

  4. Kelli

    Did i miss where you said how many yards/meters it is?

    I think it would make a cool cowl and I think the colors would look favorable at your neck/face.

    Everyone needs some sparkle during the doldrums of winter. ~ksp

  5. Marniebella

    so, purty….

    I love the idea of a button cowl – but also, some whimsical head bands would be fun – perhaps with a crocheted flower or two to top them off? hmmmm….whatever, you do will be yummy indeed!

  6. Avril

    I don’t think you should knit anything – just pack it up and send it to me, please! Now -Seriously – Want – WANT!!!!

  7. Patti

    I’ve been stuck first by hand surgery and now by christmas projects, so I’ve been looking longingly at my wheel lately, unable to actually sit down and spin. I have some fiber that I’m going to try and spin up just like you did-soon I hope!

    btw, I see a nice warm hat in that yarn.

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