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« on: February 13, 2010 01:07:35 AM »

Soooo I have this really pretty batt. It is blue on top, black on bottom on one side, and the other side is the opposite. I've attempted multicolored batts before ,but usually one color gets sucked up inside another color and you can't really see the colors at all. Anyone have tips for spinning from a multicolored batt?

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010 08:09:02 AM »

I know I saw a video with someone splitting the colors apart in a batt or roving, to retain the colorway.  I'll try to find it for you.

Ugh I can't find it now, but I remember that the person carefully lifted one color off of the other and then went about predrafting after all his colors were seperated.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010 12:59:39 AM »

What type of affect are you going after?? 

If you want a barber-pole affect, just split the batt into strips and spin away. 

If I understand you correctly, you have one side that is blue on top and black on bottom and if you flip it to the other side, you have black on top and blue on the bottom.

If you looked at it from the side of the batt, it would look like this:

blue  black
black blue

You will definitely get a barber pool affect with this batt.  With only 2 colors, you shouldn't get a muddy look.

I've found that when colors get sucked up in each other it is because the colors have been carded too thoroughly and the yarn can look 'muddy'.

Does it look like you have equal amounts of blue and black on each side??

Do you have a picture of the batt?


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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010 07:07:05 PM »

You've got the right idea on how it looks... I had planned to grab a picture after I read this post, but I kind of forgot and had split about half of the batt and spun up a couple strips before I remembered. It looks great so far! Mostly, when I get multicolored batts and roving, I'm afraid to mess with them because I want to do the colors justice. I'm just not always sure what a yarn that is doing the colors justice would look like. In this case, the barberpole effect looks great, but when there's more than two colors, that's when I REALLY get scared. I saw a workshop a few months back on how to spin multicolored rovings and batts, but I wasn't able to attend Sad

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