Sunday, August 25, 2013

Batt Crazy

The vast majority of my spinning over the years has been from combed top, but I've recently discovered that I really like spinning from batts. I picked up this Falkland batt from Into the Whirled at MDSW this year but only just pulled it out to spin.

I'm spinning this as a gradient, tearing off a strip at a time from one end to the other, starting at the blue, and will chain ply it when I'm done. I'm about a third of the way through at the moment, somewhere in the yellow.

I also have a project ready to go on the Lendrum. My LYS is considering bringing in a new fiber blend, so the owner bought one 4 oz. braid of it to distribute among several spinners who frequent the shop and get their opinions. It's a BFL/sparkle or shimmer blend, and I've divided it up into three parts in order to sample three different ways to spin it (a singles yarn, a two ply, and a three ply).

My goal is to get both of these things spun up this week because, starting next Sunday (September 1), I'm hosting a spinalong in the Ravelry All Spun Up group. You may recall that Kristin of All Spun Up used to be my fiber pusher of choice, but she's stepped away from the business (those of us who love her fiber are hoping it's not for good). However, many of us have a bunch of her stuff still stashed, so we thought it would be fun to have a spinalong in which we spin rather than hoard this precious fiber. If you happen to have any ASU fiber in your stash, please come and join us! You can sign up until September 1, and the spinalong runs through November 30. We have a number of prizes for participants, and all you have to do to qualify is spin and post a picture of at least one ASU yarn.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Into The Whirled batts. They're like little works of art...