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11. July 2015 09:10
by Jobo
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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! 

23. March 2012 12:38
by Jobo
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a box of pretty ? Cupcake Fiber Company Batts

23. March 2012 12:38 by Jobo | 0 Comments

As a post holiday treat (using some of the money I earned on holiday custom knits) I ordered myself some batts from a company I?ve been dying to try ? The Cupcake Fiber Company.  Their products are tailored to lace spinners? with smooth blended colors, fibers like silks bamboo and merino, 6 ounce put ups, and measured weight batts? basically I just have to grab a batt and start spinning :)  And don?t you just love the packaging?  So simple and elegant? and neat for storage too!

cupcake cpny water

?Water? Colorway? Merino Silk

Maybe after I finish a few things, I can take this and start out on a new spinning project.  I?d like to aim for a soft and airy medium weight lace yarn? and maybe pair it up with some beads of some sort.  with the 6 ounces I should be able to get excellent yardage and hopefully make something larger.

28. June 2011 05:47
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Electric Orange Handspun Mittens

28. June 2011 05:47 by Jobo | 0 Comments

    • Orange_Mittens_web_thumbs_medium2 I had some odds and ends of dyed Merino and Mohair Locks… and some very VERY bright orange merino roving leftover from last year’s “Spin Wild” Maritime Handspinner’s Retreat… So I carded some technicolor batts, with Orange as a base, and whatever odds and ends matched the Red, Yellow, Orange, Black, kitchen sink. 
    • The Fiber was carded on my Strauch Petite, with much gusto, and little thought or planning.  I unfortunately forgot to photograph the batts...
  • The Yarn was spun extra chunky on an Ashford Traveler, and plied back upon itself instead of leaving as singles
  • The leftover screaming orange Merino was spun in a similar manner (what else was I going to use it for?)
  • The Mittens:  a makeshift pattern
  • -Cuffs in K1P1 Ribbing, cast on 22 stitches, 7 rows
  • -Knit 10 rows plain, then knit 3 stitches in waste yarn a-la-Elizabeth-Zimmermann thumb technique, then knit up approximately 14 rows and decreased like a usual mitten top (K2 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, then K1 K2Tog around, 1 row plain, K2tog around, draw through.)
    -Thumbs: 7 stitches picked up (3 bottom, 4 top) from the stitches after the waste yarn was removed, knit 8 rows, and drew through. Results: VERY orange Mittens…. hopefully some kid decides they really like Orange, and I can give these away. They aren’t as ugly as I thought they would be, but not exactly my style either!
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