My Challenge

Day 20 of the Tour de France/Tour de Fleece is challenge day. For my challenge spinning, I decided I would try woolen spinning using the supported longdraw technique and spinning from the fold. I did pretty well for a first attempt.

My feeble attempt at supported longdraw spinning

I used some sample fiber that came with my Loop Bullseye bumps. I might finish this off as a singles sample skein, or I might spin up the rest of the samples I have and do a 2-ply sample skein.

I also plied the lovely BFL from OnTheRound. The somewhat bright pastels blend really nicely and I think the yarn will make some very nice wristers.

A hank of 2-ply BFL hanging to dry

And last but not least, I’ve been spinning more of the superwash Merino blend.

Sock yarn in the making

This is my last Tour de Fleece project. I hope to get the spinning finished tomorrow and ply it on Saturday, the last next-to-the-last day of the TdF. I cannot believe how much yarn I have made in the past 19 days.

TdF Day #19

I started spinning up some superwash Merino/mohair/Nylon fiber in a colorway called “I Think I Love You” from BohoKnitterChic.

The first bobbin is nearly done.

I’ve never spun superwash anything before, but I am totally loving this fiber. Merino, even superwash Merino, is heaven to spin. And being superwash that is blended with both mohair and Nylon, this fiber is destined to become a 3-ply sock yarn.

WIP Wednesday And The Tour De Fleece

I haven’t posted anything for WIP Wednesday for a while because I haven’t been doing much knitting lately. With the Tour de Fleece going strong and little worth watching on television, the knitting has been limited. Poor Cassidy has only increased by a handful of pattern repeats in the past few weeks, but once the TdF is over, she will become my priority. I want her intended to be able to wear her come autumn. The boy’s red raglan has sat untouched for all of July, but once football and hockey seasons start, it will move along quickly.

What I have been working on a bit are socks. Two “second” socks are progressing quite nicely. One of the things I love about knitting socks is that socks don’t seem to mind waiting while I busy myself with other projects. They seem to know that I will return to them at some point and give them my full attention. 🙂

Two "second socks" on their way to completion

Two “second socks” on their way to completion

The reason I didn’t post my TdF progress for day 16 is because the power went out last night. Funny thing, my computer and Internet don’t work well with no power. I hope you didn’t think I had crapped out on the TdF. To the contrary, my spinning has been something of a whirlwind. Monday was a rest day for the TdF, and so yesterday I was re-energized and ready to kick some ass.

I finished up the remainder of the 4-ounce bump of Wonder Why Alpaca Farm alpaca/Merino. I have another 4-ounce bump to spin, then I will ply the two singles together. But this is a long-term project. I’m spinning the singles very finely, so it is taking somewhere this side of forever to spin.

I chain-plied the singles I spun from Sunset Fibers July 2013 ROTM BFL. I’m starting to feel comfortable with chain-plying; my new Lendrum lazy kate has made a big difference. I can adjust the tension so that the yarn feeds smoothly and easily but without any backspin. The Ladybug’s on-board lazy kate is tensioned, but the tensioning isn’t adjustable. When I try to chain-ply using the Ladybug’s kate, I have to fight the yarn to get everything to feed smoothly and I end up breaking the singles. With the new kate, I can develop a smooth rhythm and just keep going. I’m very pleased with how this yarn turned out.

Even though we lost power last night for 2-and-a-half hours, I was able to keep spinning thanks to a battery-operated lantern, so I was able to spin up an entire 4-ounce braid of lovely BFL from OnTheRound. I plan to ply the singles together today to make a nice 2-ply yarn.

Last but not least, I ended up with around 1500 yards of lace-weight 2-ply from the 8 ounces of Sunset Fibers Polwarth in Pink Elephant. The picture does not do the colors justice, and you have to touch the yarn to appreciate how soft and cushy it is.

On today’s agenda:

plying the OnTheRound Singles

spin some superwash Merino/mohair/Nylon fiber to make a 3-ply sock yarn

Pictures at 11.

TdF Day #15

I just realized that I forgot to post on Saturday. On Day 15 of the Tour de Fleece, I plied and plied and plied. I plied 8 ounces of Polwarth singles. That’s a lot of plying. But the yarn turned out even better than I had expected, and I expected it to turn out really well.

Pink Elephant 2-ply on niddy noddy and bobbins

I both spun and plied this yarn on my Lendrum. The Lendrum is a mighty fine spinning wheel.

TdF Day #16

Day 16 of the Tour de Fleece is here and I finished skeining the Sunset Fibers Polwarth 2-ply.

Pink Elephant

The picture shows the yarn before I set the twist.

Now that the Pink Elephant is spun and plied, I have moved on to another bump of wool from Sunset Fibers, this one BFL in the July 2013 Roving of the Month colorway.

BFL on the ‘Bug

My plan is to chain-ply the singles and get a self-striping yarn. Keep your fingers crossed that it will turn out okay. My chain-plying has improved, but I still have a long way to go before I’m good at it.