So this past week or so, my internal clock says it is time to get up at 4:30…I have decided, in the name of productivity and starting a new business, that it’s a good thing, and I am going to ride the wave…
So frequently, people say they have no time for xyz…People! Time is all you really have!! Rather than toss and turn until 6 or so, I decided that the wee mormig hours will be extra spinning time.
In a recent Spinning Box there was 4 ounces of a custom blend from Camaj Fiber Arts called Ice Queen that is much brighter than the photo at the right implies. It is bright white, with streaks of blue, and the mix is Merino and faux cashmere. The blend is deliciously soft, and the colorway certainly went with the winter theme of the box, but totally not my thing, and I felt it would be boring for me to spin. So I went into the fiber stash for
some add-ins and got to work with my drum carder.
The lime is Merino top, the purple is bast bamboo, and the blue is mohair locks. I didn’t want a homogenous blend, so I just did one pass through the drum carder.
The batt I pulled off was then hand pulled into roving. Lather, rinse, repeat…meaning I made 2 batts to spin for a 2-ply yarn. it was hard to photograph and capture all the colors, in part because this is sort of new to me and my technique still leaves something to be desired. The image to the right is still a batt. The image to the left is a pile of the roving.
My carder is a Louet Jr. and they recommend a 2 ounce batt maximum, and while I did not weigh these fibers before I started, the first batt was about an ounce and a half and the second one was closer to two ounces, which resulted in having to create an Andean plying bracelet with the leftovers so I could finish the plying. I am not giving my fiber the finger…
I finished up with 180 yards of 2 ply at 3 1/8 ounces.
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