Roving Reporter: How to Spin A Gradient Yarn from Your Fiber Scraps
Our Roving Reporter, Kate Larson, is out roving this week. While she’s gathering more news of the spinning world, we thought you might enjoy catching up on a recent spinning technique series. It’s no secret that handspinners love to savor every last morsel of fiber. Here’s Kate’s solution for what to do with the leftover dregs in your stash: spin a gradient yarn!
Part 1: Turn Your Fiber Dregs into Fab Gradient Batts with Drumcarding
What do you do with fiber dregs? You know what I mean—those little stray bits of silk, wool, and colorful locks that were left behind in the bottom of a basket or were tangled just enough to create lumps and bumps in our yarns. Since my early spinning days, I’ve been saving these bits and pieces for drumcarding into batts. Read more…
Part 2: Carding Leftovers for Colorful Gradient Batts
Most spinners have cache of forlorn fibers tucked into spinning bags or languishing in our stash. Last week I started a series of posts following a tangled multicolored mess through a sorting, carding, and spinning process to make a gradient cowl. We’ve talked about how to create a colorway and begin carding. Now, let’s assemble a gradient batt! Read more…
Part 3: Reduce, Reuse, Recard! Spinning Gradient Yarn from Leftovers
Saving and recarding lovely leftover fibers is like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a coat you seldom wear. We can give these bits and bobs new life and make something new. In the spirit of spring, we have sorted our leftovers into colorways, carded them into batts, and now we dive right into spinning gradient yarn for the Kostbar Cowl! Read more…
Come back next week to find out what Kate’s been up to. Until then, tell us how you use your fiber scraps in the comments below!
Featured Image: Turn your fiber scraps into a gradient yarn and knit a chic cowl.