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11. July 2015 09:10
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Tour De Fleece - Week One!

11. July 2015 09:10 by Jobo | 1 Comments

The Tour de Fleece is ONNNNN! 

For those of you who aren't familiar - The Tour de France is a famous bicycle race that runs over the better part of a month, takes place in France... and the Tour de FLEECE is a spinning event that coincides!  On the days the Tour rides - the spinners spin, and encourage each other, and tease each other, and compete on Ravelry for Prizes if they accomplish their goals! 

My own Tour goal is a very simple one - to just pick up my spinning every day.  My life is so full of mommy/work/wifey responsibilities that planning to spin a specific weight of wool, or a specific number of yards, or anything concrete was probably a bad idea.  I was afraid that if I put words to it, that I'd end up jinxing it.

So here we are - The Tour began on July 4/15 and I have managed to at least touch my spinning every day this week!  Here is what I'm working on:

Inglenook Batts!  The color is "Purple Heartwood" and it's a mix of wool, alpaca, silk, sparkle, and bamboo (I think... my tag is at home)

 

My first impression of Inglenook Fibers is just Wow.  So soft and sparkly and shiny.  And it's purple.  So Win win win.  And then when I tore into the batt to strip it into spinnable chunks... well Look at all of those colors!  So fun and cheery! 

I decided on stripping the batt into 4 x 1 oz chunks, and then further subdividing each ounce into 8 pieces.  The plan is to spin it all on supported spindles, likely putting one ounce on each spindle and then pairing them up to make 2 skeins of two ply. 

 

Here is my Bristlecone Ladybug "Gaston"... doing it's thing!

I usually like to work with laceweight or finer, but I didn't really fuss too much about the grist and diameter of the thread.  I just went with whatever the fiber wanted.  There are some thin bits and some chunky bits.  Some of the single is pretty uniform in color, some sections are mostly one color or another, and other sections still are all barberpoled and stripey.  I'm thinking the finished yarn will be both visually and texturally unique.  I'm not sure what kind of pattern I can find that will work... but no doubt something will turn up.  I'm thinking even something with a central garter stitch panel (either crescent or half-square or something) to show off the variety and texture without obscuring the stitch pattern.

And finally... here is the first two ounces basically finished.  I'm hoping to finish the last poof of fiber on my break today (since I'm working all weekend) and then make a plying ball!  The dark spindle is a Spanish Peacock Russian Set in Macassar Ebony... smooth and fast! 

4. July 2011 10:57
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Yarn Candy Monday... More Lace Handspun

4. July 2011 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

madli Swatch

Lately I've been gravitating towards ultra-thin, almost cobwebby handspun for lace.  I think maybe because I like getting the absolute most out of a pretty braid of fiber... that, and I love to knit lace in the first place! 

This - is from a bag of carded fiber from Belfast Mini Mills - a blend of Bamboo, Merino and Tussah Silk (percentages of which elude me at the moment)  I'm testing out a theory that I should be able to spin this very lightweight on my Russian Supported Spindle, and perhaps have enough out of the 4 ounce bag to make an estonian style haapsalu shawl... or at least something in that tradition.  I wanted to spin up a handful first and see how the finished yarn behaves before I go on to complete the whole bag.

The Yarn is a nice fine 2 ply... which shifts from light creamy green to denim blue and back and forth.  Basically the roving has a strip of each color side-by-side (will get more photos later) and as you spin back and forth across you get a blend.  When I started spinning, I noticed quite a few nepps and little blobs of the silk, which was a little disappointing.  I had hoped for an ultra-smooth spin, as one would usually find with bamboo and silk blend fibers.  I decided though, to just let it go - spin it as it comes - and try not to be too much of a control freak about everything.  I'm going to have to learn to let go a bit with the whole baby thing, so why not start now?  (Jobo - you can't control every aspect of the world... lol)madli thread swatch

I decided to try a swatch from Knitted Lace of Estonia, since that's what was on my coffee table at the time... though I will likely go back to the Haapsalu Shawl Book when the yarn is completed and I'm ready for the official cast on.  I plan to do the basic rectangle, with the vine lace and nupps, and the standard garter stitch border, then maybe a knitted border sewn on afterwards, sanity and remaining yarn notwithstanding.  This swatch was knit on 2.75 mm dpns (since also, this is what was on my coffee table!)

The resulting lace yarn has some lumps and bumps in it.  The colors come at you randomly (only blended a little by the 2-ply's effect) and I wasn't sure if the lace stitches would cover up and complement some of this effect, or hide the lace completely.  I think the finished swatch is alright... definitely less muddy than I might have guessed it would be.  I think it's promising enough to finish spinning up the bag this way, and then cast on and see how it goes.

What do you think?  does the yarn mask the lace too much?

16. May 2011 09:59
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Yarn Candy Monday: Living Vicariously...

16. May 2011 09:59 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My knitting Mojo has taken a serious hit... so there hasn't been a lot of new knitting or new spinning going on in the last few weeks.... so This week - I bring you Beautiful Wooly Wonders that I Do Not Own!  Though these beauties are on the short list for items to buy when the budget allows:

Alpaca/Merino/Silk Roving from Woolgatherings

image I absolutely love the cheery Greens, Blues, Teals, and every shade in between!

No 31. Equinox Superwash Merino/Bamboo Pencil Roving from FiberOptic

imageThese Great Greens and Yellows just scream Spring!

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