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TDF 2012 – Days 5-8


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.



TDF 2012 – Day 4


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


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


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


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?


Here’s the fleece again for reference:



I’ve just been spinning away. I’m at about .44 miles of finished yarn (meaning, spun and then plied) for this year. If I was counting the singles in that total you’d want to multiply that by 4. That’s a lotta yarn.

Anyway, I thought I’d share it here:

This is a group shot. I’m actually short one yarn in this photo, since I hadn’t completed it by this point. I’ll try and snag a photo of it and add it to the group here soon.

On the far let we have 2 ounces of this:

I actually have another 2 ounces to spin of it. It’s Scatness, the same yarn I was spinning in the video. Very pretty. Like all the ones in the group photo, it is spun short draw and chain plied.

The second one from the left is :

Downtown! It’s a 100% merino blend. Like the other two yarns in the photo, this is part of a set of 1oz braids I bought a long time ago that I got a whim to spin up. It’s about 96 yards.

Third we have:

Metro(74 yards). I think I like Downtown more, mostly because I like the purples.

Fourth is:

Attraction(89.5 yards). The fifth yarn is the pair to this one.

Anyone have good ideas for what to knit with this yarn? Or want to buy the full set?

In personal spinning with PURPOSE! we have the following group shot:

It’s a multi-toned natural bfl that I bought with the intent to make a sweater. The yarn I’m spinning is a DK/aran weight. The singles get spun long draw, and then chain plied. (I have no idea why I’ve become such a huge chain ply fan) I’m quite pleased with how it’s coming out, and I even sampled before I started to spin the oodles of it.

See? A swatch. This was knit on US4s. I’m really pleased with the fabrics texture and eveness, as well as it’s weight. I think it’ll be a great sweater. I’m debating dyeing it or not, but I have yet to make up my mind. Either way I think this will be a great sweater.

I also took a shot of singles next to finished product:

I have no idea why I like those sorts of photos so much, but I do. Just the big “here’s every stage” photos especially appeal to me. I’m at about 205 yards and 4.8 ounces out of 24. Pretty sure I’ll have more than enough. Maybe a Febuary lady sweater for me? Or an adult BSJ? Or maybe some sort of gansy. Oh the possibilities are endless. If I dye the stuff, maybe I’ll make up a fair isle sweater.

I love spinning.

A Fiberrific Update


I bet you didn’t think this was a knitting/spinning blog anymore. I bet so. Well, maybe you did still think that, but you get the idea.

We’re having some wonderful weather here today, 64F/17C at the end of January. No idea what’s been up with this rather pathetic winter, but I don’t mind the opportunity to air out the apartment a bit earlier than March.

In any case, I used it as an excuse to go outside and take a few photos of what I’ve been working on, which I feel like I haven’t really had the time or daylight to do for a while now. I’d rather keep the major details as to why I suddenly have that time to myself until things work out and it’s a past event, so let’s skip over that for now.

First, like I mentioned before, my dad got me the yarn for Vivian. Lookit!

I’m about 20 rows from putting the body on hold and beginning to work on the sleeves.

I’m pretty much in love with how the shaping was put in on this hoodie/cardigan, and how organic it feels. It’s a very soothing and repetitious project despite how complex it looks.

Yup. Definitely in love.

I also picked up this neat point protector when I bought the yarn. It’s incredibly handy to have, and I’m glad I got it. I don’t think I’ll do a large circular needle project without one if I can avoid it now.

I spent a bit of this morning after waking up due to ~~allergies~~ drinking tea and turning the heel on some socks I haven’t touched in months.

It’s Cusp by Cookie A from her book Knit. Sock. Love. I decided that a suitable project for the yarn would be another Cookie A pair of socks, since the first time I used that colourway was for a set of her socks.

Pretty neat pattern, though I can’t wing it like I usually can a pair of socks. And I had to a long heel flap ew.

The colourway is Glacial, and used to be one of the KnitPicks Stroll colours. They discontinued it, much to my great sadness. I bought some off a fellow Raveler for old times sake, and have been trying to figure out a good project for the yarn since. I like the idea of both sets in this colour being Cookie A socks.

Now if I could just get enough to knit all her socks in it! Right?

In other news, I also have been spinning, with intent to probably sell the finished yarn off. Right now I have this pretty worsted/aran weight yarn, 206 yards, chain plied.

It’s very smooth and a little heavy since I spun it worsted, but I quite like it. I’ll probably do a quick swatch to show what it would look like knit.

The fiber was a gift from the ever fabulous Mroo, and is the colour Forest from Wonderland Dyeworks. I quite liked the fiber, though I’m not the biggest merino person anymore. Probably the biggest thing was despite how vibrant the colours are, they did not rub off on me while I was spinning or cause the fiber to be sticky in anyway. AWESOME. A quick glance through their current stock suggests they do some pretty great rich and dark colours, so if that’s your cup of tea, I’d recommend them. Especially those Wonderbundles man.

Pretty much as soon as I finished that off, I began on something else. This is some JW Ray Co that I bought about 2 years ago, a 100% wool.

It’s clearly still in the singles stage–this is what I was spinning in the video I made for last post. Very very lovely fiber, and I’m enjoying spinning it. It’s very soft and not too compacted from the dye process (yes I hate compacted tops why do you ask)

I’m planning on turning it into a chain plied yarn as well, so keep an eye out for that too. This will likely have way more yardage, as I’m spinning it finer than the Forest. I’m finding it pretty pleasurable spinning too–worsted/short draw isn’t bad, just different from what I’m used to.

And on the very handy to have around front, I finally downloaded a knitting app for my phone. If you have an iPhone, I’d recommend it. I didn’t think I was one for counters, but apparently I am! This one just suits me quite well, I think. I do not know the screenshot function on my iPhone, so I just took some ~~fantastic~~ photos with my camera*. It’s Knit, and free too.

Here’s the list of projects page. You can customize what icon or if you want to have a photo for the project.

The main page for the project, where you keep track of rows, stitches, and other goodies.

Some of the settings, which are delightfully handy.

And a peek at the memo page, where I can note alterations so I don’t forget them when I move to the next part!

I’d recommend checking out the page I linked, too, because they have cleaner shots and more info. In any case, a pretty nice app and I’m fairly satisfied with it. The single ad is not obnoxious, and also out of the way of where you would usually be pressing, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally pressing it. Pretty swank.

And that’s that! I don’t think I have much more to say. Tomorrow is ~~interview~~ day, so here’s hoping for the best!!

You may have noticed the mad blog theme overhaul; I also updated the sidebar links and reorganized them slightly. I’m trying to be semi-productive with my time, so don’t be too surprised if there are a few more changes to the blog in the next day or two. Like an update to the categories–non-knitting doesn’t seem particularly useful anymore since I have such a range of topics. Anyway, we’ll see. If there’s something you’d like to see added/changed, let me know now!


*photos may not be fantastic