Sunday, 16 February 2014

Ice Core

Last summer at the Mississippi Mills Fibre Festival in Almonte I picked up this fabulous "petite batt" from Victory Farm Alpacas. The bag says that it is approximately 2 oz which is about 55g.


What is unusual is that I typically prefer to spin with undyed fibre because I'm still fairly new to spinning and undyed is always so much easier. I have heard it said that if you aren't careful when dyeing that the fibre will felt slightly, making it much harder to spin.  I don't know how true that is and I'm reluctant to shift all the blame for my lack of skill to the dyer so don't quote me.


 This, however, was no problem to spin. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it was almost easy. 


The batt was in three layers so that made the "How many plies" decision an easy one.


I expect I'll have the spinning completed today so I can ply it tomorrow.  I'm thinking of making a cowl or perhaps short scarf with a big button.  Something fun.  I'd like to say "something light and flirty for spring" but it's still -10C here so the blue makes me think of the blues you see in ice and snow rather than the blues of Mediterranean Seas.  Then again, maybe I will call this Santorini and tell winter where to go.

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    1. Thanks! This caught my eye early in the show. I've spent a while just looking at the batt all rolled up neatly in it's bag. Finally I decided to do something with it.

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  2. What a beautiful color. I still have some black alpaca that I started to spin last year, hopefully I'll be able to finish it this year.

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    1. That sounds lovely. Do you have plans for it or is this just spinning for the sake of spinning?
      Looking forward to seeing the final product.

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  3. This is lovely! Some dyed fiber is hard to spin but you shouldn't let it put you off. Some dyers really know what they're doing, once you find a few you like stick with them or take recommendations from more experienced spinners.

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    1. Good idea. There are a few well known dyers around here I should get to know a little better. Thanks for the nudge.

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