Carding waste – I nearly threw it on the compost heap. I’d been spinning some hand-dyed fleece and was left with the shorter fibres, the little matted blobs and generally unhelpful stuff that was making spinning frustrating. I didn’t quite know what to do with it, but kept it for a while and hovered over the compost heap with it one day, but couldn’t quite throw it in. I’m not good at throwing anything textile-related away and I’m an ardent recycler. It occurred to me that perhaps I could mix it in with some other carded fleece, but hadn’t got around to trying it. Then I came across some blog posts over at Local and Bespoke which showed some rather becoming trash batts which use carding waste (and a second go at diverting waste from the rubbish bin or compost heap), so I thought I would give it a go.
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It has taken me some time to get round to it, but it is an activity that fits nicely in to small slots of time (which is all I have had lately) – as usual spun on a drop spindle. I have a spinning wheel, a flax wheel, but I have limited space in which to use it at the moment, and it isn’t ideal for spinning wool, so I migrate back to the trusty little spindles that live in a bag, always next to my favourite chair. Larger projects (like curtains) have been somewhat on and off as well.
I was aiming for a tweedy grey, using the grey Ryeland fleece that I have in copious quantity. The results were more variegated than tweedy, but still, I would happily knit it up. The colour comes from a blue woad dyed fleece and a rusty orange, dyed [I think] with onion skin on copper mordant. Labelling up your dye samples comes in handy; in this case the label had dropped off.
I decided to knit the yarn into a beret, with single line stripes of the rusty orange. I made the pattern up myself, rather than rifle through all the patterns I have to find one that would fit the wool gauge – although this is approximately dk or worsted thickness.
I was aiming for something a little larger and floppier, so perhaps I was knitting a little tight, but here it is. It might end up with a pom pom on the top….