Finished the Tour de Fleece

Sorry, once again I can’t resize the pictures :(. The colors are more vibrant in real life, they even looked better than this on my phone, so this (hopefully) is just my computer and you will see them correctly, sigh.

The picture on the left is the 1st bobbin for the 2nd skein of yarn, and I finished it before the end of the Tour de Fleece. The 2nd picture is the roving I will be spinning for the 2nd bobbin and because I have separated it into 3 lengths the colors will be shorter when I spin them and that will make this a fractile spin with the first bobbin having all the colors one after the other and the 2nd bobbin having the same colors repeating 3 times and then plying them together. this is only my 2nd fractile spin, interested in how it will turn out.

The nice thing about the Tour de Fleece is that it has ignited my desire to spin and I will try to keep this going by continuing to keep spinning 20 to 30 min a day or more if the mood strikes me :).

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the beautiful weather (hopefully the weather is beautiful where you are, tho I’m sure those of you who are in your winter are impatiently awaiting spring :).)

Tour de Fleece 1st Skein and Next Project

The first picture is the first finished skein of yarn, tho is not showing as colorful as it is with bits of blue, light turquoise and lavender in it. Sorry about that :/. It was a little under-plied but I can make a hat for a family member and it won’t show. It ended up being 213 yds and 93 grams, a nice sport weight.

The 2nd picture is the roving for the next project. It is a beautiful hand dyed merino wool, 3.8 ounces of roving. The dyer let it felt just a little bit during her dying process so I’m having to pull it apart width wise to separate it enough to spin and even doing this, it’s a bit hard to pull out as I spin and my hands are letting me know they do not appreciate it :P. As beautiful as the colors are spinning up, I will be glad when I am done with this one. I may, to make it a bit easier to spin, choose to do this as a fractile spin because I can separate the half of the fiber, for the 2nd bobbin, into 3 long strips which should help it to spin easier. I did separate the full roving into half, length ways already and am using the 1st half for the 1st bobbin. Guess we will see what happens 🙂

We got quite a bit of rain in the last 2 days, and I’m sure the farmers are appreciating it, at least until harvest time. The temps have been pretty nice 70’s and lower 80’s but the humidity is up. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer :).

Think I’m going to go get a milk shake, my favorite is chocolate-cherry :P.

2nd Bobbin done, Let the Plying Begin

I have the 2nd bobbin done and it is on my Kromski lazy kate. I haven’t decided if I will ply it tomorrow or wait until the Tour de France starts up again on Tuesday because tomorrow is a rest day for them. But I’m anxious to see yarn, lol. I’ll show the skein of yarn when it is plied and washed and set. Dang I’m hoping for some better pictures!! Maybe it’s just my computer screen. I only fill 1/2 of each of the 2 bobbins with when I spin singles, about 2 ozs on each bobbin, because my bobbins only hold about 4 ozs when full, so that only seems logical to ply two 2 ozs single bobbins to get a 4 oz skein of yarn :). I’ll weigh the yarn when it’s done and see how close to 4 ozs I was :).

We’ve been in the 70’s for the last several days (not that I’m complaining!!) We have a storm coming in on Wed night and Thursday, not sure how much rain it will bring.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!

Tour De Fleece and a Mandalorian goody :)

I can not figure out how to make these smaller :(, every time they update this platform it’s harder to use :(.

I am doing a spin-a-long for the Tour De Fleece (take off of the Tour De France race). I am spinning with Fiber Love Diary on youtube. She has a great spinning and dying podcast. The first picture is one of the two batts I made on my blending board with Polypay and some firestar I dyed. I think I put a little too much firestar in LOL, but it’s a learning experience right? I still have to put this 2nd batt on the blending board for one more pass. This was day two, sorry no picture of day 1. I won’t be posting everyday but I will when I get the first bobbin done, then the second and then after plying before I start on another batt or roving :). This is going on for 3 weeks and I’m spinning about 20 min a day, well maybe 30 :P, except we take a break on the days the bicyclists aren’t riding.

The last picture is a gift I got from my son and his spouse. They go to Disney World and Universal Studios every year, well except for last year when absolutely no one went haha, so the year before or maybe it was the year before that, anyway when they went to Universal Studios they brought me back a wand from Harry Potter World, I’m such a fan of the Harry Potter movies! This year because I am such a Mandalorian fan they brought me back these two pins, which are now adorning two of my knitting project bags, what more could a knitter want? They look very awesome and I am loving them!!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer, or at least the air conditioning :P, and the longer days (meaning more sunshine, well except for all the rainy days we’ve had lately)

New Needles, Stitch Markers and Some Blending of Roving going on!

I got the Knitter’s Pride Ginger Deluxe set last year (blue one), I ordered the Special set but they sent the deluxe and I kept it because I intended to order it later anyway. So this year I re-ordered and got the Knitter’s Pride Ginger Special set (brown one) this year. They are really nice wood needles and I have really enjoyed using the Deluxe set, I made the wedding shawl last fall with that set. The Special set I wanted for hats and baby sweaters etc because the needles are shorter and they come with size 16″ and 20″ cables. going to love using them! They are on sale once a year at Webs on line, they are now having their yearly sale and they are on sale this month if you want a set.

I did order and receive some more stitch markers, sigh, addiction :P. I got another Mandalorian set with the RazorCrest ship that the Mandalorian use to have, I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t watched it. I also ordered a Minney Mouse sparkly headband stitch marker set and AdoreKnit put in a Mickey Mouse progress keeper as a gift. So cute! Love her stitch markers and progress keepers.

Last picture is a batt I made on my blending board with some polypay roving and firestar (a sparkle fiber) that I dyed. you can see the batt on the left end and the dyed firestar on the right end, and the cream colored polypay roving in the middle. I will write more about that when I make 3 more batts and start spinning it. 🙂

New Stitch Markers and Progress Keeper, Spring But Not, Fiber Festival and that Dang Virus.

I have been enamored with The Mandalorian from the Disney Star Wars series.  I have finished all the season “chapters” as they are called and await this fall when the new new season comes out.  Ugh only one season a year.  But while I wait, I bought a Mandalorian stitch markers set with a Yoda progress keeper.  I got them from Adoreknit and as usual they are wonderful.  She even gave me an extra progress keeper that has the Mandaloian helmet in color and a stitch marker holder to keep them safe.  She is a great maker!

It’s Spring here but not, I have seen a few Robins, no pictures yet, might not happen this year, go into that later.  I have seen the Geese coming back, but because I live in the mid-west, Mother Nature said it’s not Spring until she says so and she sent us more snow last Saturday.  It was raining today.  Spring will be here sooner than later tho :).

The Saturday before last I went to a fairly local fiber fair with my son and his spouse.  Picture shows part of their set up and I have a picture of my son using his new sock knitting machine.  He loves it and makes a pair of socks pretty quickly :).  They had me bring my more portable Rick Reeves spinning wheel and spin while I was there.  Almost finished with bobbin number 1 of the Alpaca/wool blend I was spinning at the Mall fair in Dec (yeah I’m a slow poke sometimes) then I will spin another bobbin and ply a skein of yarn :).  It was a fun day.  This wheel spins very well and I’m enjoying the experience on a double drive wheel.

I did get another charity hat done, but haven’t gotten around to getting a picture yet.  Caught another cold about 3 weeks ago (does that make 4 or 5 this winter?) and just dealing with some bronchitis now.  It’s not as bad as usual but I haven’t felt like doing a lot.  I’m doing my best to stay inside because of that dang virus going around (that is why I don’t have any first Robin pictures, but I’ll keep trying), tho once in a while I remember something I forgot at the grocery store, I try not to go, but you know how it is :P.  I was able to start and finish all of the 2 seasons of Lost in Space.  It was pretty good but oh my gosh the new season doesn’t start until next year!  All these one season a year shows will make our heads explode!  In the mean time I’ll just re-watch Merlin, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Star Trek series, at least they are all finished and aren’t going anywhere.  I do enjoy a good marathon from time to time :).

Everyone stay safe.

Craft Fair and New Progress Keepers :)

I bought a new progress keeper that I have been saving for.  It is a hand crafted polymer progress keeper.  I bought the little duck in a bottle (looks like it’s swimming in the bottle.)  She buys the bottles but crafts the duck and puts the stuff in the bottom to look like water.  Her crafting is amazing!  She also sent a cinnamon roll progress keeper and a crown stitch marker.  Please go check out her shop CharmingMinisShop on Etsy, you will be amazed at her crafting skills.

I was asked to help a family member at a Mall Christmas craft fair.   His spouse was out of town and he needed help and I happily agreed to help with their alpaca merchandise.  I have included some pictures of his set up and some cute Alpaca stuffies on his table.  The yarn is from their herd.  I did this on Saturday and after Church on Sunday.  It was fun, I was encouraged to bring my spinning wheel to spin there, so I brought my Rick Reeves Wheel, which allowed me to get some spinning practice on it. 🙂  Since it is a double drive wheel, and I’m not real practiced on those (I’ve always used a scotch tension drive) and since alpaca is a slippery fiber, I blended some alpaca with a little wool on my blending board so that it was a little more grabby and easier to spin on a different wheel.  Went well :).

Hope everyone is having a great December :).

Another Fractal Spin Done!

 

I wasn’t sure at all about the colors when I blended them on my blending board, just playing around with colors from a bag of various colored bits of roving that had been given to me.  The first bobbin (on the right) was 2 shades of orange (med orange and a light orange that looks yellow, but it’s not.)  The 2nd bobbin was a repeating range of complimentary colors to the oranges.  So I put together the colors I thought might blend together the best and there we have it, these were the rolags I made with the fiber.  I am very pleased with the final skein of yarn :).  My next spin will be some white roving (not sure what the sheep breed is, but it might be merino) and blend it on my blending board with an alpaca batt I have .  I will either kettle dye it or play around and try to make it a gradient when I am done spinning it .  It will probably be sometime next month before I start it, I have knitting I need to finish first.   I’m glad I got the blending board put together, it’s offered me a lot more creativity with colors and ability to bend different fibers together. 🙂

**Forgot to say this ended up being 368 yards and 90 grams, a good fingering weight. I’m thinking fingerless mitts :).

TDF (Tour De Fleece) 1st Half of 1st Bobbin

TDF 1st bobbin half done

This is my first bobbin of the “Tour De Fleece”.  It’s a spinning take off on the Tour De France.  We spin every day during the competition.  I got a late start, so I teased my friend that my “bike” was down for repairs :P.  I do spin a little bit everyday, not as much as I would like but life happens.

This bobbin is only half done tho, the first half is a dark medium orange and the 2nd half will be a light orange, tho it looks yellow in my picture.  Sorry my photo skills are seriously lacking.  I took the picture after starting the 2nd half so you could see both colors.  I will update when I I finish this bobbin and start the 2nd bobbin.

New Fractal/Gradient Spinning Project

2nd Fractal-Gradient spinning project

I went ahead and made rolags today for my next spinning project.  I made it from scraps that I had been given and tried to make the colors as aesthetic as possible together.

The first single will be the two shades of orange rolags in the back and the 2nd single will be a gradient of yellow (mixed with white), a really light orange,dusky rose, pink, then going backwards, dusky rose, really light orange and yellow (mixed with white), shown by the rolags in the front.  Not sure how that mixture will work out, guess we shall see.

I’m thinking of calling this colorway Sherbert.  That is what it looks like to me anyway.   Dang, now I’m hungry for sherbert or ice cream!