I've seen some really lovely core spun yarn. Not the bumpy, loopy ones, but evenly spun. I wanted to try this too. For this, fiber batts are great, or so I've heard. I've got fiber batts in my stash. They all look pretty, but I don't especially like spinning them. There are always exceptions.
Well, I grabbed one, which has been in my fiber stash for years.
It's pretty, isn't it! I've only used one though. It's called Boysenberry, a blend of Alpaca, Corriedale, and Glitz (3oz). I don't remember where I bought it.
One Sunday afternoon, I selected the core for my core spun yarn, read about how it's done online, and in my spinning books, and sat down to give it a whirl.
Third and last try:
All failures. With the second try you can actually see sections of core spun yarn. With the third try, you can see the blue core yarn. Argh. I gave up after that.
Since the fiber batt was out, and some of it lost, I decided to just spin the rest as singles, and ply it with my core yarn, which is a Mohair/Nylon blend. I've used this yarn to knit a capelette for my grandmother, and I would not have used this yarn again, any time soon.
I was prepared to get the ugliest yarn of the year, but after taking pictures of it, I must say, it's not so bad.
The mohair makes it very hairy, but also very soft. It's only 149yds, but if I want to, I've still got the second batt, and some of that yarn left to make more.
So, yeah. Core spinning is not for me, not at the moment anyway. I'll try again later, much later.
And as always some puppy love:
Frik & Frak to compare sizes:
And Happy & Denny under my desk. Happy was there first, but Denny does not like to sleep alone. He always finds a way to wiggle up to somebody.