I can purchase crazy amount of yarn or fibre in a heartbeat but I usually can’t start spinning without a project in mind. Most of the time I end up knitting something totally different from what I had in mind but that’s a story for another day… This time I tried something new for the crazy planner that I am: spinning for the love of spinning.
Long story short, I swapped a skein of MadelineTosh Merino Light with Aurélie a.k.a. Lilybichette for these gorgeous batts which she made especially for me from the following picture I sent her.
She nailed it, am I right? She layered some white Maco-Merino with different coloured fibres and some Angelina to create this fluffy heaven. I should have written down what she told me! 😆😁
I couldn’t resist and started spinning it as soon as I got home with it. It’s my first spinning-from-a-batt ever. I’ve tried combed braids, locks and fauxlag but never got my hands on a fiber batt before. I saw a video a long time ago on how to travel across the batt while spinning but could not get my hands on it again. I tried to replicate this technique from what I could remember but I did not really know how to manage such a large amount of fiber at once and decided to break it apart in small pre-drafted chunks.
Nothing fancy as I’m aiming for a fingering single to allow the fibre to shine. A plain white background with spots of barber-pole and sparkling colours which will be perfect for a stocking and garter stitch asymmetrical triangle shawl. I’m currently half-way done, with two batts out of four spun and skeined. I usually wait up until the end of a spinning project to wind the skeins but as this one is all about colour management, I wanted to have a general feeling of the finished look of the first skein to try to match the second one with it.
First skein weights 97 grams for 403.5 meters. Perfect fingering, yay me! I’m pretty sure I’ll not have enough spun yarn to knit the entire shawl as I love HUGE shawls (think at least three fingering skeins) but I can already picture it combined with semi-solids or even undyed yarns. It will be the star of the show for sure! 😍