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« on: October 01, 2008 10:52:48 AM »

So I have a gorgeous batt of bamboo sitting on my desk and taunting me.

Everything I've read says "split the bat into strips". Well that's awesome but does that essentially mean to unroll it then start tearing off strips? If so, how do I keep the definition of the layers of colors or will they just blend together? It's a lovely mint green/chocolate brown/cream set and I am sort of at a loss.

I should probably have considered this before going, "ooh a batt, never spun from a batt before! *click to purchase*"
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008 12:19:19 PM »

Lemme guess...is this a Loop batt?   Cheesy

Okay, you're right...one way to spin a batt IS to split it into strips.  That being said, I often like to do as you suggest and sort of clump colors together.  If that is the look I decide I'm going for, I split the batt into strips, then split the strip into colors, then spin.  Watch out, though...bamboo is flyaway, so this technique could be difficult.  If you spin from the strip without separating it into colors, they won't necessarily blend...they'll probably candystripe/barberpole. 

It all depends on what you want for your yarn.  Batts are wonderful and such fun to spin, so don't be too daunted.  Spinning from a batt is so much more delicious than just plain roving!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2008 12:30:09 PM »

Yes, yes it is! I tend to spin roving, top and sliver but when I saw this oh lord. The mint chocolate? *dies* I need another batt of that and two of the chocolate liquor then I'm good Tongue Unfortunately, I also want a million dollars and it seems I might have a better chance at that right now
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2008 01:25:29 PM »

Ha ha!  I knew it!  I know, the mint chocolate looks sooooooooo fantastic.  I have a batt and a half of the chocolate liquor, and keep saving it just so I can pet it, know what I mean?   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2008 02:38:40 PM »

I've got to check out these loop batts.

If you have a diz (or can make a diz or turn something else into a diz -- I use the top from spice shakers as a diz) you could pull the batt into a zig-zag pattern, then pull through the diz to form a roving.
 
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