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15. November 2010 10:41
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Bamboo, Merino, and BUNNY... mmmmmmm.

15. November 2010 10:41 by Jobo | 0 Comments

bowl of batts

I decided over the weekend that I should try and process some of Ruttiger's fluff... just to see what it would be like.  I have 2 good sized shoeboxes full of "combed" fur, aka the stuff that tangles around the wire comb when I am grooming him, and even though the little poofs are tangled, I wondered what a little pass on the handcards would do to them.

Well here is the result!  I did not measure or weigh anything.  I simply layered the 3 fibers and carded gently. 

I started with just a barely visible wisp of natural ecru Merino top, then teased open a layer of the soft Grey angora and carded.  Next I put a barely visible layer of gunmetal gray carbonized bamboo, then again a layer of the angora.  I repeated the process for a total of 4 layers (Merino+Angora, Bamboo+Angora, Merino+Angora, Bamboo+Angora)  and then removed the batts from the carders and "pulled" them like you would prep a batt for spinning (Not as rolags)  This gave me a semi worsted strip of fiber, which were promptly rolled into light airy nests!  The lumps and bumps in the angora teased out and carded up beautifully!  A perfect homage to the fluffy fella the fiber came from :)

bunny and christys mitt

  This photo shows a batt or two with the latest handspun mittens... using the yarn featured a few weeks ago on Yarn Candy Monday.  I think I might use the batts to make the lining, though that means I have a bunch of carding to go.  The bowl shown above has 10 batts/nests in it... which weighed just under 0.5 ounces!  (seriously it's like carrying an empty bowl, if you were to sneeze, it would blow away!)

Happy Monday :)

11. October 2010 11:08
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Corgi Hill Farm Batts!

11. October 2010 11:08 by Jobo | 0 Comments

MataHari Batts 1

Purple-licious!  These lovely poofy, sparkly, smooth, rolled up batts are "Mata Hari" a blend of Drum Carded Merino, Silk and Firestar from Corgi Hill Farm....

I showed zero willpower. I began to spin immediately.

A friend over at All for Love of Yarn asked me to spin these batts up for her in exchange for some yummy hand dyed yarn!  One look at the photos she sent and I knew that I wanted to spin this... and the batts are even more beautiful in person.

I have 5.4 oz to play with... and am aiming for DK weight 3-ply

:)

10. December 2009 12:50
by Jobo
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Jobo?s Favorite Things: Christmas ? Day 10

10. December 2009 12:50 by Jobo | 6 Comments

Well Folks, we’ve finally made it!  Thanks for following along with me as I spoke-out-loud about the products and gadgets that have caught my eye this season…  I hope that Santa Claus has been listening (I’ve been a GOOD GIRL goshdarnnit!) and that maybe a book or a skein or something finds a way into my stocking this year.

My Last Favorite thing of the series is more of a photo collage… with the goal of maximizing fiber content :)

Handpainted / Hand dyed / Hand Carded – Spinning Fibers!

I know some people have specific likes and dislikes when it comes to wool and fibers for spinning… I must say, at this point I really haven’t met a fiber that I didn’t like.  I like them fine and soft, and coarser and woolier. I like silk and alpaca and tencel and seacelll.  I like combed top and I like carded rolags.  I like silk caps and raw fleece.  I like handpainted wild colors and semi-solids.  I like Batts – from plain blended to wild and stipey.  I love fiber… and I love spinning.  Here are some of the nicest fibers I’ve seen around lately, from a bunch of well known suppliers.  Enjoy!

 

FiberOpticPencil Roving

Fantastic, Super Smooth Superwash Merino/Nylon Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

AllSpunUp

Hand Dyed Merino Combed Top from AllSpunUp

CorgiHillFarms2

Amazing Merino Batts from CorgiHillFarms

PigeonRoofStudios

PigeonRoof Studio’s Handpainted Superwash Roving

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