Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
I challenged myself to finish filling this bobbin tonight after work, and I succeeded! Tour de Fleece is over on Sunday, not sure what time yet, so I'm going to see how far I can get on the next bobbin this weekend. Wish me luck!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
First, I joined the Tour de Fleece event on Ravelry as incentive to get some of my white Border Leicester X fleece spun up. I'm spinning it on my Merlin Tree Hitchhiker until I get three bobbins full, then I'm plying it on my Louet with the 8 ounce bobbins. The long term goal is to get a round three-ply yarn to use for a self-designed Aran cardigan for myself, maybe started next year if I get this fleece spun up by the end of the year (God willing, sooner than that!). There are several Aran ideas floating around in my head that I want to play around with, including having the main front and back cable designs different. This way I could center the front main cable on each front, instead of having to find a way to divide it in half at the front opening. I'm not a fan personally of asymmetrical openings on sweaters for me, they tend to emphasize my fluffy shape too much. So here are some progress pics of my TdF spinning to share with you.
First up is an almost full bobbin on my Hitchhiker of the BLx, which I filled later and swapped out for the third bobbin to spin on today at the Marion County, OR, Fair.
On Sunday, July 3rd, we held our weekly spinning get together at my home, so we could enjoy the cool backyard and eat some of the leftovers from Saturday. Since my DH went fishing, I decided to spin the roving I had bought the previous weekend at Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR on my Louet, which my DH uses mostly, using the new Wooly Winder he had bought at BSG. I wanted to see how it worked and whether I would remember to change my hand positions regularly to avoid cramping (I didn't do very well at that). Here's the start photo.
And here's the full bobbin.
Here's the yarn after being plied.
I'd like to get busy and skein off the yarn, so I can wash and dry it to mark it off my to-do list. I might get it done before I leave for the County Fair today, or later this evening.
Then I did some more spinning on the 4th of July, since I had the day off and knew my spinning time the rest of the week would be marginal.
This is some roving that I had previously spun up and plied.
Here's the skein tied and ready to be washed and hung outside in the shade to dry.
I ended up with about 158 yards of three plied yarn and will decide on a project for it later. The gauge is about knitting worsted weight. Pretty, yes?
Here are some pics of my drop spindle spinning, using a Schacht Hi-Lo 1.1 ounce spindle, which I am really enjoying. It's balanced, a good length, nicely formed, and a dream to spin on.
This last picture is after I wound the singles off the full spindle, onto a tp roll I had already wound the first full spindle-full on, and started spinning again.
Here's the first skein after being washed and dried, yumm!
I've been thinking that I wanted to finish my Salida socks to wear at Sock Summit and I've been feeling guilty that I'm spending so much time spinning instead of knitting. Last night, while I was pulling locks to take to the Fair today, I decided that I wasn't going to stress about the socks. I've got four new pairs I haven't worn yet, including Glynis which has one sock on display at Teaselwick Wools at Mission Mill Museum. So even if I don't get Salida finished before I get there, I'll still have new socks to wear the four days of the summit. I plan to wear my Orion socks on Wednesday when I arrive, as that is the pair on the SS logo. So I'm covered and I can sit back and enjoy my spinning now. Aaahhhhhhh.
In other areas of my life, work is getting more stressful, as Congress isn't budging on refunding the humongous overpayment of money to both Civil Service and FERS systems. If we got part of the 11 BILLION dollar overpayment refunded, we could buy new computer systems for the windowline clerks to speed things up and avoid so much downtime with machine malfunctions. We could hire enough clerks and carriers to actually improve delivery times. I still haven't gotten over management's game of 'improving delivery standards' to eastern Oregon by setting the delivery standard to two days, instead of overnight. More corporate game playing with numbers and more ignoring the customers' needs. So by slowing down delivery, we are on time more often, so they say we are giving better service (?!?!)? In whose dreams?
But today I'm going to join friends at the county Fair and spin for a few hours. Last night I brought a card table in from the garage and set it up in our fiber workroom. I put a couple of plastic bags over the table and spread out the white fleece, so it will be easier to pull locks to spin. I can leave the fleece spread out and it will stay cool in the house, instead of getting hot in the garage. Now I have two plastic bags full of locks to spin, should be enough to fill a bobbin completely. Then I'll be able to ply them together into a skein, wash and dry the skein, and do it all over again. But it will be a large skein, probably over 500 yards, and a chunk of the fleece spun up.
Oh, and the most important thing? Sock Summit is just seventeen days away!!! Do you think I'm getting excited yet?
Happy knitting and spinning!
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
4 ounces of Mountain Colors roving in Spring Eclipse colorway, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
100% Targhee Wool purchased at Carolina Homespun at BSG last weekend. All spun today!
Saturday, July 02, 2011
You can see the white line on the flyer where I glued it. Next time I'll catch the wheel and let my cup of iced tea fall, lol. I didn't realize that simply falling over could break the flyer so easily, especially landing on soft grass.
Here's my drop spindle with the singles on it. I have quite a ways still to go, but have wound off one length of spun singles already onto an empty toilet paper roll. By the way, what's in the bag is just a fraction of the roving I have left. I pulled it off and pre-drafted some to carry with me in the basket, the rest is in a bag in my den closet.
My friend Steve came to the potluck and brought his partner Buddy. He told folks about his specially built trike and several wanted to see it. So he drove his car home and came back in a few minutes on his trike. Buddy just loves going places on it with Steve, they drive to Las Vegas at least once a month in the summer.
The KAL for the Three Fates Mystery Sock pattern started yesterday and over a hundred people downloaded the pattern the first day! I also uploaded a scan of my notes for my Twelve Months of Christmas vest - last time I checked, this morning, almost two hundred had downloaded the file! Last night when I got home I checked and there were 68 Favorites for my vest - I was in tears. This morning even more and I'll be getting on in a while to see how things are going tonight. The pattern is free on Ravelry until Sock Summit begins, at that point it will be for sale for $5.00.
Tonight I'm knitting on DH's Father's Day socks while watching a Dr. Who DVD. Once his second sock is done I'll be able to get back to knitting on my Salida socks to wear at Sock Summit. I need to stop by Teaselwick Wools on Monday to pick up the one Glynis sock I had there as a class sample so I can wear that pair at SS11, too.
The weather today was gorgeous - 80 degrees, clear and sunny. By the time folks started arriving for the potluck, the sun had moved far enough westward that our neighbor's maple tree shaded the backyard so we could eat, spin, and knit in comfortable shade. I'm hoping that the weather is just as good tomorrow for the Spin In.
Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July, safe and sane and patriotic!
Happy knitting and spinning!