It is no secret that most fiber people have stashes: fiber, yarn, equipment, whatever it might be. Often, we just don’t know what to do with that stash. Many times it’s either the wrong color, or you don’t have enough for the project you have in mind.
Yarn-stashers have specific patterns that cater to using up stash; mitered-square blankets, small ornaments, and so on. Fiber-stashers don’t always have that kind of pattern support, but they do have access to some super-effective tools that can assist in quest for using the stash.
In our YouTube video, Lawre shows us how she maximizes her stash by blending small quantities of fiber together.
Here’s another idea, not only can you blend fibers together, but if you have some mini skeins of yarn that you just don’t know what to do with them, you can utilize them in batt making!
Start by gathering some stash fiber for a base, a few small skeins of leftover yarn, and your drum carder.
Then cut up your mini skeins into approximately half-inch bits.
Sandwich those yarn bits inside two thin layers of your base fiber and start carding.
Do a second pass of the batt to thoroughly blend the yarn bits into the fiber.
We recommend using yarn that is a similar fiber-type to your base fiber, so the yarn bits adhere better to the fiber.
This batt will create a lovely tweed yarn when spun.