So once I finished the baby blanket and lost all the images from the shower (my SD card died AFTER the party). I started spinning for the tour. Right before the tour started, I took stock of my projects in progress.
I finished a few things from that list.
The blue and green tidbits from Hobbledehoy plyed into a 33 yard 2 ply. I also finished the rainbow fiber I started in May.
I had been planning ply it with some glow in the dark fiber, but it is proving more difficult to spin than I had expected, so right now I just have the finished 2oz, and a plan for yarn that glows in the dark. It might be time to break out the hand cards.
The tour ended this past weekend. I had set goals for myself and while I didn’t meet all of them I made good progress:
Card and Spin the locks I have had for ages I still haven’t found these!
Spin up the Rainbow Tribbles I got from Gourmet Stash During the Olympics Done!
- Spin a Loop bump -well I spun more of it…
- Finish the Wednesday braid – All the singles I had done have been chain plyed and I have 206 yards of finished yarn, and am now plying on the fly with the rest of the braid.
Finish the blue braid Done!
Super Stretch Goal
- Spin up Smaller on the outside for socks – I didn’t even pull this fiber out of the stash. At least I was a bit realistic.
All in all good progress. 9 oz of finished spinning, totaling 568 yards, not counting anything still on a spindle. Along with a plan to turn the blue yarn into a hat, and my roommate may run off and knit herself something with the rainbow tribbles. Every year I seem to get a bit more done. So now to get on the knitting of finished items.
The tour is going well I have finished two yarns in the last couple days. First I finished the Roy G. Biv, Gourmet Stash tribbles and I got myself 132 yards of a chain plyed fingering weight.
And then on Sunday I finished the blue fiber that I had been working on since I learned to spin pretty much. It had been battered so much some of it started to felt, and it was a fight to get what was once fantastic fiber to spin. But I did it.
It turned out much to my surprise when I had first started spinning I was doing a lace weight single. This worked out in my favor as near the end, the more battered fiber was worsted almost on its own. So using the center pull ball I created a two ply.
One very full spindle later and I had 230 yards of a heavy fingering/light worsted weight yarn. I still to turn it into a hat and the yardage gives me hope. I may just do a simple cast on and work until I run out of yarn. Possibly a 1×1 rib similar to the yellow hat I made out of some single ply malabrigo I had lying around.
Well that is two goals down and two to go since I still can’t find the locks to card them. The Loop Bump and the Wednesday braid are all that remain of my goals. And with the idea to make socks out of the Wednesday braid if it has enough yardage, its a way to even reach the extra stretch goal. 60z of fiber done with I think about another ounce spun of the Weds braid so far.
So I seem to have gotten into a small spinning groove. I pretty much ending up spinning a color a day for the rainbow tribbles and started plying last night.
We have Red, Orange, Yellow, and green, all that fit onto one of my smaller spindles. When I got to blue it became clear that it wasn’t going to cut it much longer so I pulled out a second spindle and got to work.
Sunday afternoon, chatting I finished up the last of the violet. and was ready to combine both spindles into a single ply of yarn. Another rainbow of singles that looks pretty good.
And once I had that done I started chain plying. I made it to orange before I called it a night. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished yardage on this.
Currently everything but the missing locks is on the spindle at least a little bit. The rainbow tribbles are up to yellow. But the tiny spindle is nearly full so it may be time to pull it off to another and start chain plying.
The other three spinning projects are still in much the same state that they used to be in.
The barely started loop batt.
And the really need to be done blue braid. Getting there…slowly.
Another year another tour. So I have already hit a small snafu with my tour goals. I gathered all the fiber and put it in one place. And I can’t find the locks to card them! Handcards, blending brush, dowel for making rolags, but fiber…nope.
So I have moved the Hobbledehoy braid up in the goals list. I plyed everything I had so far and threw it on my noddy. I have 206 yards of fingering weight so far, and 3.2oz left to spin, so my thought of making socks with the finished yarn may be a good one and would move right towards one of my goals for the year.
And of course because I can’t just spin one project, I pulled out my Gourmet Stash Tribbles in ROY G BIV and started spinning those as well. I finished the red, and am about halfway through the orange.
I keep being torn on chain plying the finished product or two plying it with the glow in the dark fiber I got at LIFFF with my other rainbow braid. As my noddy is currently full I’ve decided to just continue to spin and decide when I’m done. But I’m really enjoying this rainbow kick.
Also as I’ve been going through my stash for the Tour I’ve pulled aside a few braids that are up for sale on Raverly. They are all on my destash page and you can take a look see if anything catches your fancy. Three are up so far but a couple more may be added before the tour is over.
Another Tour de Fleece ends and it is amazing to see my progress. Especially considering this might be my last tour without a wheel to do at least some spinning. I spun everyday, even if it was for only a few drunken moments a couple of times. But when compared to last year where I finished a loop batt but did not get any plying done.
This year I did much better on that front as can be seen. The Tribbles were spun up with the Merino/Silk/Cashmere blend from Hampton Artistic Yarn, and some undyed wool by expertly dyed. Four ounces spun and plied together, into 347 yards. Just that would have been more than last year but that is just the start.
I kept to my plan of trying new things this tour. I spun my first punis. Luck of the Fryrish and a sampler of 50 shades of gray. I actually spun the fiber in a friend’s living room, having a silly gathering, and it was perfect. each puni
I’ve already ordered a set of 50 shades of grey to finish this out. It will be quite the cunning and ambitious yarn. But I have nothing against showing a bit of Slytherin pride. If the tribbles are anything to go by, there should be at least 100 yards. The green was a sampler, and half and ounce, and the gray 1/8 of an ounce.
I finished about half of my Into the Whirled braid. The spinning of which was the first time I worked with a merino tencel blend. I also plied on the fly for the first time. I have gotten better at it faster than expected, but I still have moments where I get thick thin oddness. I wondered if it was the new fiber and started attempting the same with the loop braid. And very quickly learned no. It’s a new technique. I will have odd moments.
So final round up? Just under 7 ounces spun up and one finished yarn. Not bad at all, an almost double increase from the last tour. Shall I aim for a pound next tour? Possibly on my wheel? A sweater’s worth? One will have to wait and see.
The Tour de Fleece continues on and I continue to spin on. I finished plying the tribbles and my undyed wool. My best guess is it is 4 oz. of fiber in total; 2oz. of tribble, 1oz. of cashmere silk merino, and approx. 1oz. of undyed wool.
All done, and ready to wash. It turned out once I got the yarn off the spindle it, was a total of 347 yards not too shabby. And it means I have a finished item, and still more tour time to keep working.
I decided to pull out the Luck of the Fryrish punis sampler I had purchased, and fell a bit in love. It was a great spinning process and I flew through the sample set and have half an ounce waiting to ply. Most likely with a grey.
With another week left, this is my best tour yet. Spinning everyday and making a lot of progress. I have actually at least started to work with all the fiber I thought I would this tour.
Both the Loop batt and the Into The Whirled braid I have started chain plying. I will be focusing on the braid for the next few days. but so much progress.
One week and a day or two have passed and I’m doing much better than this time last year. I have spun a little over three ounces of fiber. And have already plyed more than half of that.
Look at that giant tuft of yarn. Now to spin some more yarn to ply with it…well I figured that would happen and based on how I spun the tribbles this is part way into the first one. So we’ll call it half an ounce of fiber left. I also think I got much more yardage then I initially thought. But that is for whenever I actually get to washing.
I also started working on Into the Whirled, The ‘Verse braid. And started to ply on fly. It’s messy but I am still getting what is a pretty standard, fingering weight yarn. It’s also my first time working with a Merino/Tencel blend.
We’re getting there. And getting to making that look like yarn. I’m looking forward to what it will look like once I’m done. Even as I wrap I feel like I can see the fiber becoming more uniform and neat. I’ll get there.
I have made a good amount of progress on my first couple days on the tour. Day one saw me pulling out my tribbles. Two ounces of fiber from Gourmet Stash.
This was the day I got the least amount of spinning done. Assuming each of the tribbles is .5 oz. I probably spun about half of that on the first day. Can I blame the bourbon? I had a lot of bourbon. Day two I did much better, I finished off the first tribble, worked a second, and when I realized I wasn’t even a bit tired started on the third.
That is all of my remaining tribbles. I also devised a plan of what to do with this once it was spun up. I will be plying it with the cashmere merino silk blend I picked up at the Long Island Fiber Festival. I only have an ounce of that fiber and I think together they will make something great for a cowl. I even gave the fiber a little test spin.
I’m hoping/guessing I will finish the tribbles tonight as I watch teenage werewolves, and people foolishly wander into alleys after hearing a strange noise… Then I can work on the C/M/S fiber and ply ply ply. Then it will be possibly the Into the Whirled braid.