Saturday, January 14, 2012
Spinning, Sparkles and Snow
How many inches fell where you are? We only have about 2.5 inches but its very pretty. It seems to have stopped for the day, but the wind is blowing things around out there.
Spinning....spinning batts....spinning challenges. I was poking around in the fiber stash the other day and came across some pretty batts I'd carded last year at a friends house. There wasn't alot, just a few ounces, but it was so pretty and so soft. Corriedale, of course, both natural and dyed along with angora and just a bit of "twinkle".
Ennea Collective mentioned a spinning challenge for 2012, and the first of those was spinning batts. Well, it was just meant to be that I finish spinning these up, don't you think? That's exactly what I did, and I loved every single minute of it. Clean, soft, well prepared fiber, watching the colors glow and change as they slid through my hands and onto the wheel. Sigh...delightful! Let me show you a little bit of what I did to spin ~
In the picture above, you are actually seeing two batts but each has been divided in half giving me four lengths of fiber to spin. In other words, sections one and three are from one batt and sections two and four are from another. I did this for two reasons. First to give me a more manageable amount of fiber to draft and spin and second so that I could blend the colors a bit more on the wheel. I think you can see pretty clearly in the photo that I had more of the dyed wool in one batt than I did the other! I spun one bobbin full in the sequence above - sections 1,2, 3 then 4. I spun a second bobbin in the order of 2, 3, 4 then 1. And then I plied them together. Is that clear as mud? LOL...do you even care ((grin)) Was I overthinking the process? Maybe, but I like the end results, pictured below ~
Windchaser Shawl by Lori Law, from the same issue of Ennea. I could spin some solid grey for the border. Hmmm...my yarn is a little heavier than fingering, more a sport weight, so I may not have enough. But wouldn't that be pretty?
This was such a happy project for me, thanks Ennea crew for suggesting spinning batts!
Finally, here's what's next on the spinning wheel, another "finish-up" project of just four ounces:
I'm looking forward to spinning at Sip 'n Knit on Saturday. Any of you reading near Ithaca Michigan, feel free to join us! We'll be there from 10 am till about 2 pm.