Early in the week I received three batts I had bought off Etsy from Carol McFadden of Feistywoman Designs. They are each a bit over an ounce in weight and are made up of roughly 94% merino, 1% Firestar – and 5% Siberian Husky!!
They looked good on screen and are just as good in the flesh. A fabulous, slightly acid green, very pale blue, and a bright turquoise – the colourway called Ocean.
When the wrapper is taken off and the batt unrolled to about 8 x 12 ins, it looks like this:
And when that is unfolded the final batt is about 8 ins wide and 24 ins or so long:
My problem is exactly what to do with it. It isn’t that I don’t know how to handle it – that is no problem (and even if I didn’t, Carol includes a sheets giving clear instructions for three ways to spin it) – it is which do I NOT do… So many possibilities.
I know I want to make a hat – I have some other yarn in very similar colours for a snoody thing – but I cannot make up my mind how I want to spin this…
The possibilities are endless. I could spin it thick, fairly lightly, knit it up and then felt it. I could spin it even or slubby or somewhere in between. I could spin it chunky or aran or DK weight. I could spin long colour lengths or short or random. I could spin on two bobbins of different thicknesses or I could Navajo ply.
And even when I have got that sorted in my mind I have to decide which wheel to use… I only have 4 in the house at present as 2 are out on loan, but I could use any or all of them (well, 2 or 3…)
Fortunately I have a lot of knitting and preparation work I have got to do asap, so I couldn’t get started even if I knew what I wanted to spin. I live in hope that by the time I have the time I will have made the decisions…!!