fibre preparation · handspun · spinning · Tour de Fleece · yarn

a HUGE success.

I will be spinning from stash for most of the rest of the year (more on that later, unless you want to go watch the latest episode (7) of The Wool n’Spinning Podcast, where I talk about my new acquisitions!), which is a really good thing because I have been experimenting with making mini batts on my drum carder (I have the 90TPI licker in brush, 120TPI drum).  I find large batts are hard to manage – they tend to end up in a tangled mess for me once I start to pull them apart. What to do?

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Total 140 grams.

Well, there are a few people on IG who routinely post their mini-battlings that they sell in their Etsy shops (hobbledehoy, FireFlyFibreArts). Are they on to something? Would mini batts (or battlings) be easier to manage? Hmmm … The Fat Squirrel thinks so! I think she’s totally right when she said on a few of her epsiodes that they are just so satisfying to spin as you work through one and are onto the next.

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Blend of Merino, SW Merino, Corriedale, Perendale, Silk+Wool blend, Alpaca (both black and white naturally coloured), firestar.

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So, I made a bunch. I had originally thought I would make a few different ‘colourways’ with the plan to list them in the shop. In the end though, once I started spinning, I was hooked and just kind of kept spinning at random through them! Until there were none left. And I had to ply.

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Fibre :: Blended stash per above in sage green, white and black, navy blue, yellow, royal blue, forest green

Yarn :: ~400 yards, 140 grams

Specs :: Fast flyer at 17:1 singles, 15:1 plying

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I’m completely in love with this skein. I love the texture and interest. It is still next-to-the-skin-soft and yet has many fibres to make it what it is. I’m planning on making some more and spinning up another 60-80 grams so that I have more like 200 grams of this spun up. I’m dreaming of a shawl …

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Sometimes the most surprising projects are the most satisfying. I don’t love spinning punis but mini batts?! Ooooh, I can see this is the beginning of a looooong friendship.

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Now all I want to do is knit this up and we are still in the middle of Tour de Fleece! haha

I guess that gives me time to spin some more … to the drum carder I go …

Happy Spinning :)

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