When I first told my son that I wanted to make some crazy batts he just laughed and said he was looking at one. I suppose that was inevitable for a teenager but to be fair he didn't have the first idea of what I was really talking. The fact is that after a year of spinning wool I have decided to become a little more adventurous. I have already told you of the wonderful Lexi Boeger book "Intertwined" and I still dream of one day designing yarn along those lines. Not sure what I'd knit with it but I'd think of something.
I thought I would post a series of photos on how I made my crazy batts. I'm not sure that they qualify as crazy batts actually but for me that'll do for now!
I should start by saying that the merino wool was bought from a supplier in the UK and is the softest I've ever felt (although I believe it does come softer). It was a 500gs job lot, they select the colours which are bin ends from their "best selling colours". I realise that taste is completely personal and subject to all sorts of things but I have to admit that there isn't a single colour here which I would want to buy for a jumper or even a hat. Blending was clearly required.
Clearly I had to do something so, first I divided them into short strips and added a bit of fun glitz:
Next I put them onto the drum carder:
And ran it all through twice to make these lovely fluffy batts:
But once I had plyed them they were a little more demure:
And finally the finished skein looking really quite nice!
There's approximately 110 metres there of approximately DK weight yarn. Enough for a hat, or perhaps a pair of gloves? We'll see!