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Making Rolags from a wool batt.

This is a picture of some Ile de France fleece that I spun into a 3-ply yarn. I was trying to get a bulky fluffy woolen yarn but ended up with a semi-smooth worsted weight yarn.

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3-ply Ile de France.

Trying to think of how I could spin a more fluffy woolen yarn I realized that my fibre prep was wrong. I had used hand combed sliver, which is normally used to make a worsted yarn. So I thought I should try spinning from some rolags. This made me think of two batts I had sitting in the closet for some months so I decided I’d try and make them into rolags using my blending board and this is what I came up with.

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Rolags made from drum-carded batts.

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Single ply on bobbin.

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Single plied with gold thread.

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Yarn on niddy noddy.

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Skeined yarn.

The batts had bits of stuff like mohair and sari silk added to them so instead of coming out smooth they came out lumpy and I realized I could make thick and thin yarn out of them so that’s what I did. I spun a single with texture and then plied it with a gold thread and made art yarn.

I still want to try for a woolen bulky yarn so I decided to drum card some batts of the Ile de France and make more rolags. I’m hoping since these are pure wool I’ll be able to spin using a long-draw method and end up with what I want. I thought I’d show how I made the rolags from the wool batts.

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Ile de France fleece.

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Drum-carded batts.

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Batt on blending board.

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Using two knitting needles to start turning the batt.

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Winding wool onto the needles.

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Rolag pulled away from the board and the loose ends smoothed in.

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Knitting needles removed one at a time from the rolag.

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Pile of rolags from the batts.

Now that I’ve made the rolags all that is left to do is to spin them 🙂

Karen

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