Sunday, July 28, 2013

Last two Tour de Fleece goals are now plied.

Spent several hours today plying these two sets of singles. The red is a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sheep to Shoe kit. The white is local Wensleydale that I spun S and plied Z, so that I can use the yarn for two-ended knitting. I don't think I'll end up with enough yardage for mittens as I had hoped. So I'll knit a hat for the fair for next year instead. I'll let the yarns rest on the bobbins for a few days to set the twist before skeining and washing them.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Final goal reached for Tour de Fleece!

8 ounces of Wensleydale roving from Shaggy Bear Farm in Scio, OR. I spun this to the left and will ply it to the right to make a Zed-plied yarn to knit two-end knitting mittens for the county fair for next year.

Tour de Fleece final day spindle progress.

Spindling on each spindle to finish fiber already pre-drafted in travel bags. Later I'll spin on the Hitchhiker to finish the fourth goal fiber c

Saturday, July 20, 2013

First half of goal number four - white Wensleydale.

I'm making a Zed-plied yarn, so this bobbin was spun counterclockwise. Tomorrow morning I'll start the second four ounces. Our team leader has given us until midnight tomorrow night so I'm really hoping I can get the second four ounces spun tomorrow.

One thing I've learned about this fiber - it benefits from predrafting and prefers a long draw because of the staple length. Even though it feels very soft in my hands, there are lots of ends sticking out from the singles. I'm not sure yet how well the finished yarn will work for two end mittens. I might decide to get some more of the Teeswater from the same vendor to use if this doesn't give the quality knitting I want.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tour de Fleece goal number 3!

Finished spinning the STR roving tonight. So tomorrow I'll be able to start goal 4 - 8 ounces of Wensleydale roving. I plan to spin it to be used to knit two-end mittens to be entered in the Marion County Fair next year. I didn't enter this year because of the upheaval at work and my Mother's passing. So I'll be spinning a Zed-plied yarn for the mittens.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tour de Fleece progress for day 21.

Only six more bracelets of fiber to spin and I'll have the STR roving all spun up! I'm thinking maybe a small lacy shawl would look good in this yarn.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 20 progress - almost up to half full on the second bobbin!

I've got to keep pushing to get this spun before the race is over.

Tour de Fleece roving goal #2 - Teeswater roving spun into 2-ply yarn.

This is my second finished yarn for TdF 2013. The large skein has about 322 yards and the small one about 62 yards. They will now go into my stash for winter knitting. There are only a few days left to spin, so I'm trying to make the best of the time.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 17 progress

Split and predrafted the second four ounces of Blue Moon. I spun two of the fiber bracelets tonight and hope to get the rest done this week. Sunday is the end of the Tour and I'd like to at least get a start on my fourth fiber - 8 ounces of Wensleydale white roving. DH is thinking of coming to spinning with me on Saturday for the last get together of the Tour.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 17 progress.

Finished the first four ounces of the Sheep to Shoe kit. I weighed the roving left from yesterday and only had to spin four ounces to finish the first bobbin. Now I'll change bobbins and do the second half.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 16 progress

Spent about 6 hours at the Marion County Fair spinning, so close to finishing this bobbin!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Third goal for TdF - Sheep to Shoe kit in Happy Go Lucky colorway.

I had to finish plying the Teeswater on a spindle as I couldn't get all of it on one bobbin.

Almost full bobbin of plied Teeswater.

Good progress at Marion Count Fair today - plied all the Teeswater and started the next goal. I have a Sheep to Shoe kit in Happy Go Lucky colorway from Blue Moon Fiber arts - yumm!

Tour de Fleece goal number two reached!

8.1 ounces of Teeswater roving spun and plied at the Marion County Fair. Will skein and wash it next week. Today I get to start on goal number three 8 ounces of Sheep to Sock BFL roving from Blue Moon Fiber Arts!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Dumbledore's Christmas Stockings - ran out of yarn.

I'm going to send a piece of the green to Blue Moon and have them send me a skein of a shaded solid to finish the toes with. Then I'll make another pair with the rest of the green. Ah, well, at least I'll end up with two pairs of socks when I'm done.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

146 yards of Merino/yak two-ply yarn.

First finished yarn for Tour de Fleece 2013.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 12 progress - Teeswater roving is spun up!

Now I'll let it rest on the bobbins for a day or do before plying it. In the meantime I'll skein up the green Merino/yak yarn and wash it. Then I'll know about how many yards I got out of it.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 11 progress

About an hour spinning on the Teeswater tonight, another two nights and I think it will be done.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 10 progress

Spent almost an hour starting the second bobbin of Teeswater. This wool is so pleasant to spin, but I also want to get some knitting done tonight.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Tour de Fleece day 9 progress

Stripped down another length of 3 Fates BFL/silk roving and spun one part up. Spun half a bracelet of Dicentra roving also. A calm day of spindle spinning before heading back to work tomorrow.

At the heel on second Dumbledore's Christmas stocking.

Great pattern and the socks fit well. You really don't need to do chart B if you don't want to or if the closeness to chart A confuses you. They still look great. Hoping to get close to finishing the second sock today while DH is fishing. This will be WIP 2 of the 14 I've committed to finishing before starting a new Starmore kit.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Tour de Fleece progress for day 8 - filled the first bobbin with Teeswater roving and Navaho-plied the green Merino/yak.

A very good day's spinning done! Now I can kick back and knit the rest of the evening with a clear conscience. Just have to decide what to knit on!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fourth circle done on my Sirkler cardigan today!

Tomorrow night I'll start the fifth circle, but I'll have four charts to follow so not easily portable. Love this pattern!

Trapping the design yarn with the background yarn.

Tour de Fleece - first goal met!

Four ounces of Merino/yak spun up, to be plied this coming weekend if I have time. Now to choose which white rare breeds roving will be next.

I've chosen 8.1 ounces of Teeswater roving, from a sheep named Eleanor, from Shaggy Bear Farms in Scio, OR. Hmm, I had thought both white rovings were four ounces, this one is 8.1 and the Wensleydale is 8.0 ounces. They're probably heavier because they are long wools and combed roving. They're going to be like butter to spin!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Tour de Fleece Day 5 progress

Only about one more ounce to spin on the Merino/Yak blend. I finished the length of Dicentra roving I was working on and will start the next one tomorrow. The Dicentra is 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Tussah silk - a dream to spin! Oh, and the colorway name is Salmon Glacé.

Tour de Fleece Day 3 progress on both spindle and wheel.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Sirkler cardigan past halfway on fourth circle.

I am enjoying this pattern very much, easy to follow charts and the Kauni is very beautiful for patterns like this.