Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months since the last blog post. Things have been so crazy here, I’ve barely had time to think, let alone work up a blog post. Working out of town, completing classes, having my stepdaughter come to visit, the in-laws showing up…it’s been a very busy summer! So, instead of writing about “what I did on my summer vacation” I decided to do a photo essay instead!
Category Archives: Tour De Fleece
It’s been a busy past couple of weeks. I keep meaning to come back to the blog and give an update, but I always feel guilty for showing up without any photos to show progress on things. So much has gone on since my last post!
First up, a summary of my 2012 Tour De Fleece efforts. I did a lot better than last year, managing to spin at least 3 days a week, but I didn’t do as well documenting my progress. I finally plied my Cinderella colorway. It looks pretty neat. I spun up each bobbin randomly, so there are places where it’s all white, or all dark blue, but I think it will give the finished knit item a nice appearance. (Remind me of this post when I go to knit something and it turns out horrible looking). It’s approximately 300yds, although it has fluffed up to probably a DK weight.
I spun about 3oz of a mohair/wool blend I purchased at Knitter’s Day Out in 2010. It’s a nice teal and purple blend, and it has been spinning up wonderfully. I don’t know why I didn’t finish up the remaining 3 oz yet- I guess I am just too lazy to get my wheel out and work on it lately. One bobbin- full is 30z, but I am torn between doing a 2ply when it is all done, or doing a navajo ply for each bobbin.
My big accomplishment in the past few weeks though, was finally finishing this shawl. It’s the Rose Lace Stole from the Spring 2011 Interweave Knits. It is an easy pattern, and 75% of it is just straight knitting with a few yarnovers. I just couldn’t bring myself to finish this shawl. It was the same thing over and over, and completely mind-numbing. It was supposed to be finished in time for my wedding, but that obviously fell through. It will now be a birthday/Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. She is always complaining about how cold she is, so I know she will appreciate this. I’m just glad I can finally mark another project “completed” in my mental knitting checklist.
Tomorrow I am off to enter a few items in the Maryland State Fair. Later this week I’ll share what my latest sewing projects have been, and give reviews of everything I am sending down to the fair. I think I have a good shot of winning at least one ribbon this year.
The Tour De Fleece is over halfway done! with thousands of people participating in the group on Ravelry, I was a little intimated. However I have a wheel that is feeling a bit neglected, and some spindles that probably think I have completely abandoned them, so my goals this year were:
Spin every day, even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
Finish my falkland that I purchased from FatCatKnits at the 2010 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
Learn how to use my new Russian Spindle.
Do some cool looking art yarn.
So far I am doing well. I have actually finished a few skeins of yarn! Here is some Ashland Bay merino I completed. I got about 230 yards of a 3 ply worsted from this. It is so nice and squishy. I want to just walk around holding it all day.
The falkland has been taking me a long time. I’m shooting for a semi-woolen yarn from this. I have been spinning the top long draw from the fold. This technique does make a very lofty yarn with a lot of yardage. I was actually fairly surprised that the finished yarn ended up at 412 yards. Here are some in progress photos. I haven’t taken a picture of the finished yarn yet, and it may not be possible before my cat eats it. I walked in on her attacking it this morning. I guess she doesn’t like multi-colors.
Progress on the bobbin:
I packed up Gertrude and took her to visit my grandparents at the lake this weekend. My littlest cousin enjoyed treadling while I plied the yarn. Here I am finishing up my plying in the kitchen. I had to move in there to avoid the dogs who had all gone swimming. They were locked on the back deck with me, and wet dog does not mix well with yarn.
I am now working on an ocean themed art yarn using beads from Jar-Jaf Miniatures. They have the cutest little wooden animal beads! I have a merino/mohair/alpaca/angelina blend that I am using to make this yarn. It looked bluish-green at first, but I am starting to wonder if it is too green for an ocean theme. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow and see what you all think.
Finally, I will leave you with this video my father took. I thought he was just taking my picture. No, no. He was attempting to embarrass me on the internet.