And I’m Off

I began the Tour de Fleece with a rolling start this weekend.

A little spindle spinning in the backyard on the 4th:

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I’m not smitten with this fiber. It reminds me of trying to get a really bad knot out of my hair. I’m not sure what’s up. I’ve tried spinning from both ends of the roving and it doesn’t make a difference. I picked this up a few years ago, and the other fiber I’ve gotten from this seller has been lovely. This fiber is a bit coarse, long staple length but then has all this short stuff mixed in. Not enjoyable so far, but the color is pretty.

I took my wheel for a ride and went to my spinning group at the Fiber Studio. (Psst, Pam’s having a sale!!)I thought taking my wheel for a bike ride was a fitting way to start the tour.
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While I was there, I finished up this blue, sparkley fluff that I picked up at Ewetopia. Going by my plan to try different techniques, this was meant to be a singles yarn. But as you can tell by that pile of spaghetti it’s a little, shall we say… energized. I may have to find something else to ply it with but I’m not sure what. Plus, despite the absolutely gorgeous color (I wish my photo was better) it is a pretty coarse yarn. Not good for the neck or head. So I’ve got to think about this one.
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Lastly, I finished up the mix of Spinner’s Web Promethean and Punta that I plied together. I’m so, so in love with this yarn. It will be a sweater for Spinner for his birthday, not sure on the pattern yet. I’m open for suggestions! I have two big skeins of this yarn and for the first time I spun what I had planned on, with a project in mind. It’s a worsted weight.
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Both of the above skeins are soaking and drying right now. I’m quite on track with my Tour goal of spin as much as I can, with as many techniques as I can. Oh, and take notes!

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9 responses to “And I’m Off

  1. Good luck on your Tour!

  2. Sorry I missed Spinning Group at the Studio this month! Your work looks lovely though!!!

  3. knittymama's mama

    I luv your blog !!!

  4. Guinifer

    Love that blue yarn – absolutely shiny!

  5. Rebecca

    Ha! I love the wheel on a bike ride. It’s the 5th wheel.

  6. I loved that you gave your wheel a little ride on the bike! The yarn you spun for a sweater for Spinner is awesome! Look forward to seeing that all knit up.

  7. Have you seen the EZ Snail Hat KAL on Ravelry? They recommend using handspun! I started spinning again and if I have any sort of photo/laptop access by the end of the week – hmm.

  8. camilla

    Love your spun yarn!
    Very clever transport of the wheel!

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