Last weekend I joined some of the other lovely and skilled spinners from the “Danske Spindere” group on Ravelry- a local group here in Copenhagen- for a day of spinning, chatting, and co-creating “Fibre Sandwiches”. Thankfully this wasn’t a misunderstood offering for the potluck lunch (which was delicious), but an inspiring and creative game with spinning fibres. It was taught to the group at the last meetup by Bev Tilson (morecraft on Ravelry) who runs the “New Zealand Hermit Sheep” group. Incidentally, if you’re wondering what a New Zealand hermit sheep is, you can read the amazing backstory on the group’s Ravelry page.
The fibre sandwich is a great idea for using up small amounts of fibre. You need at least one spinning-mad friend to make it fun and interesting, though :) Each spinner just needs to bring along a small amount of fibre (25-50g), ideally in a selection of colours. You can also mix fibres to create an interesting combination of textures in your finished yarn.
Our spinning group split into 2 teams of 5. Taking small tufts of your fibre, together you start to create a circular layer. here’s the start of our sandwich, with our small fibre stashes at the sides:
Just keep building up those layers! At some point it will look a bit high and fluffed up- just squish it down a bit and add more. Here’s the team hard at work.
Keep going until all your fibre is used up, and you have something approximating a Sesame Street monster sitting on your table top.
Divide the sandwich! You’ll probably need a scale for this. Divide the whole thing down the middle like a sandwich and give each team member an equal wedge. Here’s my slice.
I took my slice of wooly sandwich home- there were lots of ingredients in there! As far as I can remember we had: merino tops, ultra soft New Zealand wool (gifted by Bev), Jacobs, natural Icelandic, and probably more! Some of it was soft, some was hairy, and some was still “in the grease”. What would it be like to spin with?
I spun it as thin as I could- tricky in places with the varying textures and fibre lengths- but it was fabulous to spin with so many colours and to see how it blended together. I spun it all as one single and then chain-plied it to create a 3-ply yarn. I skeined it all up and soaked it to set the twist of the yarn, hung it to dry and…
Hey presto! I have no idea what I’m going to do with it (it’s about 50g) but the last part of the game involves knitting something with it! I think it’s crying out to be made into something a bit mad..but what? A single eccentric glove? Mini arm warmers? Let me know your suggestions if you have some!