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
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.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
First half of goal number four - white Wensleydale., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
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
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tour de Fleece day 20 progress - almost up to half full on the second bobbin!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
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
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
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Third goal for TdF - Sheep to Shoe kit in Happy Go Lucky colorway., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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!
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., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tour de Fleece day 12 progress - Teeswater roving is spun up!, a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
Monday, July 08, 2013
Sunday, July 07, 2013
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., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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.
Tour de Fleece progress for day 8 - filled the first bobbin with Teeswater roving and Navaho-plied the green Merino/yak., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
Trapping the design yarn with the background yarn., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.
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
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., a photo by BlueDragon2 on Flickr.