Last year when I visited Joan we went a little crazy and dyed up a bunch of fiber and then turned it into a ton of batts so that I could spin enough yarn for a sweater. And you know how our Joan does thing. We didn't just dye a solid color and call it a day. No, we dyed five different vibrant colors and then blended them all together to make really beautiful batts that still read "brown" if you squint, but are much, much more than brown.
Plus, the fiber that we dyed was mixed BFL, which means that the undyed fiber itself was several different natural colors, giving each color we dyed a depth that adds to the complexity of the final batts.
They're super colorful, but the resulting yarn isn't unwearable because spinning further blends the colors together and makes the whole thing incredibly amazing. I know this because yesterday in preparation for the Tour I decided to spin one of the batts up as a sample to see if I could produce the kind of yarn I intend to make with these batts. I'm still not incredibly confident in my spinning abilities and I didn't want to dive right in and muck everything up. But I love the yarn that I ended up with.
I can't help but spin carded fiber using the long-draw technique because I am over the moon in love with the light, lofty, airy, soft, springy, warm yarn that it produces. An added bonus is that I can spin long draw much faster than I can spin a smoother, denser yarn which makes my goal of spinning enough yarn for a sweater in about three weeks more achievable. So the tentative goal is that all of these batts will have been turned into yarn by July 22.
So now onto how I plan on
cheating making things a bit easier for me. Because I have to be ready to vacate my apartment the day after the Tour is over and I don't want to stress myself out and I do want to spin up all these batts this month, I'm thinking about starting NOW, a couple of days earlier and then simply spinning along in the spirit of the Tour, but not really participating. Of course, I came up with this idea last weekend which, had I begun last weekend would have given me an entire extra week to spin, but as it stands, I'd only gain three and a half days. But listen, three and a half days could make or break this project. So what do you think, should I wait? Should I just start now? Do you think I can get those all spun up in time? Let's not forget that I'm also supposed to be spending my days practicing. Practicing and packing, that's what I need to be doing. But this batts are so pretty, aren't they? How could I say no....