After some very unfortunate felting accidents this winter, I am left with a few less handspun hats. I must admit, both losses were very upsetting. The first was a handspun merino/bamboo hat that I threw in the wash and had full intentions of hanging to dry…however when it came time to flip the laundry, I just threw everything into the dryer. The folding of the laundry revealed my horrible mistake. My second handspun hat death was a result of a poor BFL hat getting trapped in the hood of my sweater after a long cold walk. I didn’t notice it there when I pulled off my sweater and threw it into the laundry. I found it after the wash, but it was too late. For such a mild winter I sure did lose some good knitwear.
Both hats were mourned for a few months and then I decided that I could not keep resenting my store bought hats…I must make new handspun hats…out of SUPERWASH! The nothin but superwash fiber club has been great for increasing my superwash fiber stash.
Here is January’s selection. Superwash Corriedale in Forlorn.
I almost always split my tops in the same way ( I like routine!)
First I find the middle and rip the top in equal halves so that I know I will have the same amount of fiber on both bobbins. I put the second half aside and repeat the process on the first half so that I have workable lengths.
So in essence each top is ripped into 4 equal pieces before i break out my spinable lengths. Some people split their top the second time…some don’t. I like to because I don’t like working with pieces that are too long…especially with superwash i find that the longer pieces get stuck to my pants and i end up losing a lot of fiber…I don’t like fiber loss or walking around in fiber pants!
After I have pulled second half of the top into 2 pieces I then pull off spinable lengths and make a little fiber pile.
The width of the pieces are pulled of thicker for a bulkier yarn and thinner for a dk/sport yarn. I am looking for a pretty quick hat in a worsted/bulky weight so i pulled off some bigger pieces. If they are too big when i am spinning them I will split them again.
A little note on predrafting….I don’t do it *gasp* . Yes I know most people pre draft their fiber (for those who don’t spin pre drafting is pulling the fiber length wise to put some extra “air” in the fiber to help it spin more smoothly.) There are very few fibers that i will actually predraft (straight merino.) I just find that spinning directly from the top produces the smoothest yarn for me.
Off I head to put this fiber on my beloved lendrum (penelope!) Pictures and report of bobbin progress soon…I should have a new hat just in time for spring….and might I mention a new WASHABLE hat…just in case!
Feel free to leave a question in the comments…I am by no means a master spinner but I will do my best to answer them!