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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!

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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?

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Here’s the fleece again for reference: