You don’t need to be a spinner to love fibers! I’m not a spinner but it doesn’t stop me from indulging in an assortment
of fiber. That’s why I am so excited that Knit Picks is now selling many
types of fiber.
There’s Wool of the Andes roving in Bare and in colors, recycled fibers with Full Circle Roving; there are spinning batts in many colors and now silk hankies!
One way to use wool fiber is for felting. You can knit a project and felt it, or you can use roving and wet felt it. Wet Felting is a great way to create scarves! Below is a picture where I wet felted wool roving with sheets of silk hankie on top – the wool fibers attach to the silk fibers to make a solid piece of fabric (these are my samples from home and not the exact colors sold at KP).
Another fun project was using a spinning batt, with its wonderful mixture of colors. Here’s a sample of what it could look like felted. This is called Nuno felting, where I felted the wool into a fabric, using my colors from home.
So, how do you get started? First choose the foundation base for your project, which would be the roving and then the silk hankie. Here is an example where the bright color of the hankie about would
really pop on the dark gray! But there are so many more possible color
combinations!!! The example below is Quarry Full Circle Roving and Buena Vista Silk Hankie:
OR how about Tidepool Heather Wool of the Andes Roving and Fern Ridge Silk Hankie:
And this combination is Astoria spinning batt and Cascade Head silk hankie:
The great thing about these silk hankies, they are dyed with several colors. You can pick just a portion of the color if you don’t want it all. A hankie has many fine layers – you can pull off one at a time. You can also combine hankies for a rainbow of color! The only other tools you need are bubble wrap, Tulle, hot soap & water and lots of elbow grease.
There are many tutorials on the web to show you the wet felt and Nuno felting processes (that’s how I learned). I hope I have inspired you a little. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start creating! I would love to hear what you came up with!