Friday, June 17, 2011
A Little Lace Weight Spinning
Recently, I decided to do a little spinning just for myself. I picked all my favorite fibers and dyed part of the batch in lovely soft shades of pink, the rest of the fiber I left natural. I used BFL, Corriedale and Coopworth wool, Alpaca, Angora, Cultivated Silk Top, Recycled Sari Silk, and Angelina. I used my Pat Green cradle picker to open the fiber and then ran it through again to blend it. That Picker works like a dream.
The next step was to blend it on the carder. I didn't want to completely blend the different fibers or the colors from the dyed fiber, but yet I knew I was going for a lace weight yarn so I wanted a smooth, well carded batt. I ended up breaking up my fiber into four batches and running each batch through the carder three times. Then I layered them all together and ran each combined batt through twice. For these batts, this nicely blended the different fibers/colors enough to make smooth batts, while retaining some of the variation in colors.
With the addition of the silk and the longer wool fibers from the Coopworth, I would have felt completely comfortable using these bobbins as a singles yarn.
For this application I decided I wanted a balanced yarn, so I plied them together. Which still gave me a nice, fine, lace weight yarn with lots of softness and sheen. When I begin knitting with this, I am a hoping there will be a little halo bloom from the angora as I work the yarn. The plan is to knit a shawl, I haven't decided on a pattern yet...
Have a great weekend! Blessings Friends!
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