Sparkle Batt!

So I’ve got this crazy batt from SpinCulture.

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I bought it for corespinning, but recently wondered what it would be like to just…spin…a crazy art batt. I figured I don’t have much to lose by trying, and I pulled this batt out to make it into a crazy single. While it is going pretty well, I think I’ve learned something important. That I prefer corespinning the batts I purchase for corespinning.

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4 thoughts on “Sparkle Batt!

  1. I have only spun one batt at this point in my spinning career, and it was nearer the beginning. To say it was an interesting learning experience is to be overly nice. I love the fact you were willing to throw caution to the wind and experiment.

    • I am about to give you my opinion, even though you didn’t ask for it. Batts are wonderful. While the spinning experience of batts is different than that of wool top, a really good batt is often easier once learned. However, there are a few caveats. One being that it is my belief that there are many batt makers out there who do not know how to make a well blended art batt. People who get a drum carder and start going to town and then want to sell those batts to unsuspecting spinners. These are the batts that make spinners hate batts. If you ever want to try a really decent batt, let me know and I’ll point you in the direction of some really good batt creators, or send you something basic off my own drum carder so you can experiment with something easier to spin. And if you are initially learning to spin batts and want a smooth yarn, stay away from anything that says “art” (no matter how pretty it is!) and look for batts described as “smooth.”

      I also think that part of my “caution to the wind” attitude has to do with having been a spinner for more than 5 years now. It has only been this year that I’ve started to truly experiment. Prior to this a smooth, thin 3 ply was my standard spin and I rarely strayed from it.

  2. I love that batt. I have some batts in my stash that aren’t necesarily “well blended” but I think I enjoyed just tearing chunks off and seeing what happened. Corespinning is something I want to try, but probably not for quite awhile.

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