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.
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.
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 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.
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