It feels like I've totally jumped into the deep end in regards to fibre for spinning. There is a drum carder on loan in our home at the moment from spinning group and I've been excited to see if I can create my very own batts. My main aim is to blend some of the alpaca fiber with a portion of wool as this apparently helps to keep the 'memory' in the alpaca (which is notorious for dropping, according to nearly every spinning/knitting person I come across..).
This is my first batt going through the rollers. Youtube once again came to the rescue, showing me several techniques to get me on my way...
And here it is off the drum! How exciting! Yes, a little on the small side, but it really does look like a 'batt'! This one won't be going into the roof though..oh no, not this little baby. And so soft!! So, so soft!
I decided to then split them in quarters lengthwise to form them into a rustic type of roving. Pre-drafting them a little helped, although it's still going to take a bit of time to get the hang of spinning with them...
I'm also super pleased to have finished this sleeveless cardi this week. It's been on my list for yonks and once started, it only took a few nights to complete! I love it.
here and was extremely easy and fast to knit, using 12 ply yarn and 7mm circular knitting needles. I used the two skeins of Bendigo yarn that I picked up last time I was there.
Knitting from the top down also meant that I could add a few extra rows to the length to suit (accommodate!) my shape.
Having no seams is also my favourite kind of knitting! When you're finished, you really are finished! No fussing around with yarn needles and seams. You can find it raveled here.
A happy Winter Solstice to you and yours!