Bump up the Batts!
Batts beckon from the shelves at fiber festivals and the local yarn store and Internet websites. Have you tried your hand at spinning batts? Which one do you choose, and where do you start? Spinning batts requires a bit of preparation to yield the yarn you desire. Inspired by Jillian Moreno’s tips for spinning batts, I recently took home a trio of batts from Essential Fibers to experiment with.
First, I rolled the batt horizontally into a huge rolag then attenuated it into a giant “worm.” Notice how the fibers are perpendicular to the drafting direction. This prep produces the loftiest airy yarn.
Next, I separated the colors of the layered batt by gently pulling them apart. Then I attenuated each color vertically to spin them into a well-defined gradient yarn.
Finally, I pulled the whole batt vertically and attenuated slowly with repeated passes. Hint: Do not grasp too tightly and pull too hard, or you will have breaks like the ones shown at the beginning of the fiber in the photo. This preparation yields a smoother yarn.
Now that all of the prep work is done, I am ready to spin! With a little pre-planning and time, batts bloom into scrumptious light, bouncy yarns.