In only 10 hours, you too can take a batt (it’s a sheet of carded fiber) to two ply yarn. But wait, there’s more! Recruit friends and family for the first dozen steps in the process, and you only have handle the washed and carded fiber a mere six times! 😛
Ok, kidding aside, here’s a quick step-by-step of what I was up to this weekend. Mom and Grammy brought two boxes full of washed and carded fiber up to me on Thursday, and I couldn’t wait to spin these beautiful batts of Brittany’s fiber carded with my favorite bamboo/merino roving.
This fiber has already been lovingly (or at least tolerantly) handled half a dozen times. Mom and Dad have already picked, skirted, sorted, washed, and carded the fleece (details on those processes later). But I still have some work to do before I spin it. First, I divide the batt into about 5 or 6 strips.
These strips are somewhat disorganized still, and though I could spin them as is, stretching them out into roving makes the spinning easier. The hairs tend to line up going the same direction a little better.
I roll all my roving into little spirals, because they stack easier. Then I take one out as I need it while I spin. I drape it over my arm, not wrapped around, but draped, so that it pulls without becoming detached from itself. Well, first I turn up the AC, since it’s a lot like wearing one very fluffy and warm sleeve.
Then I watch a lot of TV. Or rather, listen to about 4 hours of TV. This weekend it was America’s Next Top Model marathons. Scintillating. Must…resist…urge to stamp around apartment in heels.
One full or mostly full bobbin (the one in the picture below is about half full) means I get to change bobbins! Woo! Variety is the spice of life. Once I have two full bobbins of “singles”, I ply them together, which *only* takes 2 hours!
Anddddd…10 hours later, you have yarn! Ta da! I wanted to call this one “starless, starless night” or “the color of my soul” or “midnight dreams” or “sapphires in the dark”. Mom doesn’t always appreciate my creative naming schemes, however, so I’m going with my friend Laura’s suggestion: Purple Rain. Which Mom still may not approve of, so it’s more of a working title.
Tomorrow: Tripoli’s first month checkup! Adorable pictures!