Category Archives: Tour de Fleece

TDF 2012 – Days 5-8

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Radio silence on Tour? I think not! S was in town so I was a bit more quiet on the tour front, and I feel like I’m making nooo progress. But then I took a photo of what I’ve done so far and feel a bit better.

Anyway, I worked primarily on the silvery CVM, and so it’s gone from this:

into this:

The skein photo is pretty spot on for the actual colour of the yarn. I’m very pleased with this, even if I should have let it rest longer before plying so it didn’t break so much. Next skein of CVM I’m just gonna bite the bullet and swap flyers for a higher ratio.

So for my first weekish of the Tour, I have done ALL THIS wow:

Isn’t that cool? I haven’t counted any yardages, and won’t till later I think. The green spindle is still getting added to, mostly at work/on the go because I like to be able to get some spinning done even if one evening is spent primarily processing.

In non-Tour news, I tried out those tube watercolours I got, and I can safely say I’m pretty intrigued. I think my palette is slightly more blue than I want, but I’m planning on picking up a tube of more yellow green this upcoming Saturday and a brighter yellow to help balance it out. First painting is very pleasing: I made a snail.

SNAIL.

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TDF 2012 – Day 4

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Not too much progress today. Trying to give my shoulder some down time, as well as needed to get some writing done since I’m behind on the current story I’m doing. That said, I do like what I did today.

We’ve got the plied results of yesterday’s bobbin (roughly 1.78 ounces/ 50.5 grams):

And then I’m turning locks into rolags for the next ball I’m working on:

I’m going to have to process all the silver before I can start spinning that, so for the fourth I’m planning on taking the day off to do some serious processing there as well as catch up on my writing. Possibly also nap. Sounds marvelous, doesn’t it? Especially as our heat is supposed to stay awful.

Happy spinning!

TDF 2012 – Day 3

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Woo I’m surprised I managed this one! My shoulder has been a bit achey all day, so I had originally planned on just some spindle spinning at work. I’ve had part of a batt waiting to be worked on for a while, so I worked with that:

I’ve still got a ways to go, but for backup ‘oh shit’ spinning I”m pretty pleased with this.

Then I turned around and just spun tonight instead of being a responsible writer and working on the next chapter of my story. So now I’ve got this:

Why yes, the rolag box is EMPTY. Isn’t that delightful! That means I’m done with all the chocolate. I will probably make tomorrow evening a ply (n-plying this stuff) + process evening, plus some writing. With it being an early ‘Friday’ I can take the time and stay up late too. But I definitely have to get some writing done!

And because I never have enough to do (oh wait) I decided to buy some tubes and try out tubed water colour instead of using my usual Pelikan pans. (I love my Pelikan pan, at this point every colour has blended and bled and swirled with all the others that I have exactly the colour set I want with it and it bleeds me. So we’ll see.)

This put me out about as much as a new pan, so I’m not particularly worried if I don’t like it. If I don’t maybe I’ll get a new Pelikan pan! Haha. ._.

Anyway happy spinning and painting!

TDF 2012 – Day 2

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I don’t know if I’ll manage to keep up with the daily updates, but since we’re here…

Day two has gone pretty well. I didn’t process any new fiber, but I did work through what I have. First I sampled, and I really like the yarn:

It’s a very light fingering weight yarn, incredibly squooshy, and I love it’s rough look. I did a quick knit up of what I had sampled after it dried:

That’s on us 1/2.25mm needles, and I’m really pleased with it. It’s a soft fabric, has lots of bounce, and is going to be pretty ideal for the yoke light-weight cardigan I’m planning to make with it.

That done, I made sure I had my sample for what to spin to attached to my wheel and went back to spinning.

Never underestimate how fine you need that single to be when spinning for fingering weight yarn. I always forget and end up with a DK weight. Taping a strand to my mother of all has been the smartest thing I’ve ever done, haha.

I worked through most the top layer of the box:

and have half a bobbin loaded up:

Tomorrow will likely just be some spinning, since I do have work; Wednesday being a holiday I have high hopes I’ll get through a lot of what I need to processing wise. Need to see if I have another box to store the silver in, and potentially break up and find the darkest greys to group together for a fourth yarn off this sheep. Man, CVM is lovely. It’s so soft and bouncy and I’m really enjoying it.

Because making a pound of yarn is never enough, I also bought enough yarn for a blanket/shrug because I adore the colour:

It’s Paton Classic Wool (one of my favourites) in Jade Heather. It’s a lot more jewel tone than what the photo shows; it’s nearly impossible to photo really. I fell in love with it and figured that 5 balls is a small blanket and $30 well spent. (Can you believe that? $30. For a blanket! Wow.)

And that’s all I got for progress. Hope my fellow tourists are doing well!

TDF 2012 — Day One

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Look at me, getting this post in right before midnight here. Today was pretty laid back, and I probably should think about ramping it up but hey. Whatevs.

First, I busted a move and did 2 ounces of Scatness I had left, and got this lovely three ply out of it:

No idea yardage, gonna wash then measure.

And then I processed all the chocolatey brown out of that fleece I bought at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Fest this year:

They are as soft as they look. This year I’ll be mostly carding because the staple on the CVM isn’t particularly long enough to do combing. I don’t really mind it; it’s got a different rhythm and if I load properly it’s pretty relaxing too. I’m planning on making a sample for spinning first thing tomorrow since this is going to be sweater yarn, and start processing the silver next.

How’s your tour so far?

PS–

Here’s the fleece again for reference:

Tour 2012

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It’s getting to be that time again! End of this month, on the 30th, the Tour de Fleece/France kicks off once more. Again with the fleece for me.

This year I’ve got a beauty I just picked up.

I bought a 6lb CVM fleece, and just look at it. It was one of the first things I saw at the festival, and I walked the whole showrooms and everywhere and I just could not get it off my mind. I adore what shade of gray it is, and the spots of black-brown and silver just add to the charm for me. I’m washing it as we speak.

It’s also easily the finest fleece I’ve ever bought, with a delightful crimp and exquisitely soft to the touch. I usually go for the medium breed sheep–I like the longer staple and I like the wool. This one will be a real treat!

I’m aiming for a fine 2-ply lace and some 3-ply sockweight methinks, but I’ll really decide after we get to spinning on the 30th!

I know I usually take oodles of photos of the Sheep and Wool Festival, but not so this year. I forgot my camera, like a chump, and so I really didn’t get hardly any photos at all. Certainly not the end of the world.

In happier news, I suppose I should mention life updates–I still love my ‘new’ job. I say new because I’m now permanent and past my 90 day review, but it certainly feels new! I’m always surprised by how little I dread going in and how much I love working there. It’s a fun fun place.

I’ve also been getting way more into music now that I have some free time. I’m sounding better all the time on my harp, and I recently purchased a tenor ukulele (because the tiny sopranos are too high and too tiny for my tastes).

It’s fun to play around with. Some time in the next few weeks I’m going to look into purchasing a bansuri (a type of flute) to play with as well. Something light and portable I can take to work to while time away during the last hour (I’m the only one there till close).

Knitting wise I stopped 3/4 the way through my handspun sweater and started on lace when the heat hit. I’ve got 23 more rows to go before I finally can get into the edge that even got me started on the shawl!

How’s you guys? Hopefully keeping cool and hydrated and having fun! I’ll plant update sometime soon, my seranos are starting to come in!