I've been doing lots of spinning recently (the house is starting to be overtaken by yarn, maybe I need to try and sell some?!) and I'm particularly excited about my corespun yarns. First up are some spun from my own hand carded batts...
Galvanize - Merino, bamboo, silk, Black Diamond and Angelina sparkle. 139g and 149 metres long
Vacuum Bag Quartet - Merino, Blue Faced Leicester and fluffy sari silk waste. 137g and 104 metres long
Baby Bean - baby Camel and soya bean fibre. 180g but only 22.5 metres long (it's a super chunky beast!)
Check out the chunky-ness with my finger for scale! Eeek!
I've been hoarding some gorgeous Hobbledehoy batts until I felt competent enough to corespin them. My recent rush of corespinning confidence resulted in these (click on the yarn names to see the original batts)...
Tarasque - Merino, baby Camel down, bamboo and silver sparkle. 102g and 66 metres long
Asturias - Merino, Cashmere, bamboo and silver sparkle. 91g and 109 metres long
I'm happy with the way the yarns have turned out (although I haven't made anything with them yet so I need to carry out knitting and weaving tests!) but there's still plenty of room for improvement. I'd like to have more control over how thick the yarn turns out (it seems to be left to fate at the moment!) and I need to have another batt carding session (maybe today since its raining) as I think my heavy-on-the-silk-and-bamboo batts were less successful for corespinning.
Still, it's always nice to feel that there's a good reason to make more of something - it's all in the name of fibre education!
In related news, when I was in Coventry recently we had a sneaky trip to Ikea and I bought a swish new stock pot to use exclusively for dyeing! I felt very extravagant and I haven't had the courage to use it yet but it keeps looking at me so I must get round to it soon! :)