Green-spun Rambo(uillet batts)!
The green-multi-colored Rambo batts from Sasha have been conquered!
It took me about 15 minutes of spinning these to figure out not only how to spin them fast and easy, but also that I was really digging it.
You can kinda see in the photo of the whole skein, the little nepps, and nubbins and noily bits that were drafted in with the single and left to be part of the yarn.
At first, before the 15 minutes of initial spin was through, I wasn't liking these. Then, I relaxed. Let go.
Let the fiber be. Just let it be what it should be. And that, is what made both me and the yarn happy!
After that, spinning was fast, easy, and fun. The end yarn is also gorgeous, one of a kind, likes cats, and hopefully enjoys skiing.
This yarn tells me it will be my new winter hat for this year!
4.02 oz/114 g (final skein. It is dryer here, so I think the weights I get on things always seem to be a bit lighter than the amount of fiber that bags are labeled with when they arrive).
264 yds/241 m.
2-ply (of course, don't you know how I roll[eh, spin] by now?)
12-13 WPI. Approx. worsted weight (on the lighter side) yarn.
So, how exactly did I spin this that was fun and fast?
I took the batts (which were rolled up in little snail like wraps), found the end, and pulled them out so they looked quite a bit like pre-drafted roving, though thicker widthwise.
The fibers in these batts were pretty intermingled and angled all which ways....so I figured a woollen yarn would be ideal...also good for a hat, right? Trapped air and warmth and all.
Then, after attaching a small fold of fiber over the leader, I did a pretty good imitation of a long draw. I held the batt in the right hand and pulled it way back....let twist come in at the top, and kept the right hand pulling the batt out. I gave in and let all the nepps and nubbins advance into the twist and become part of the yarn (and spinning was more fun after this point). Pull and let yarn wind on.
I tried to keep the spinning fast so that the yarn would be twisted just enough. And, when I pulled it off the stool (skein winder), lo and behold! Balanced yarn!
(Oh, and I really do have a knitting FO to show off soon, next week, I promise!)