After consulting with some fellow spinners on Ravelry, I decided to start spinning this from pseudo-rolags. My 5yo (now 6yo) helped roll the first batt's rolags, but they didn't spin up as smoothly as I hoped. I used the technique of gripping the fibre between two sticks to roll it (as described in the Spin Off article I'd read on the technique), but I think I made them too tight. And too fat.
Went back to Ravelry forums to see what others have said about making good p-rolags and realized the tight/fat problem. For the second batt I've rolled them with less fibre, by hand, for an airier p-rolag. This batt seemed to have more of the dark fibre so I made sure to spread it out. Sections of my first yarn are just dark fibres and I want it blended better - without carding/blending. Those dark sections will be balanced later with plying - or so I trust.
It seems the first batt was significantly more than the second. Especially considering I tended to have thicker spun sections in the first.
As I was dragging (carrying) a couple of dining room chairs into my tea/office/spinning room I decided I really need a niddy-noddy. Taking a spindle full of yarn over to chairs is much easier than taking chairs to the wheel. Finished yarn is about 137m of DKish 2-ply yarn (as I suspected the weight would be).
|More yarn - the second bobbin of 2ply.|
I was initially intending a 3-ply yarn with the 3 batts, but I'm not sure 3ply would add any significant benefits to the final yarn, for my purposes, and I could get more yardage from a 2ply. So, that's what I did.
I'm trying out a new design with it, but I'm thinking I don't have enough and will have to rethink its usage.