TdF Day #4

Well, another day of the Tour de Fleece is coming to an end. It was a busy and productive day for me. In addition to doing a little housework and cooking, I managed to spin up the remainder of the Sunset Fibers BFL that is going to become a 2 x 2 cable yarn.

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I’m not sure how the colors are going to blend when I ply then cable this yarn, but I think it should be interesting.

I also added some more fiber to the alpaca/Merino singles I’m spinning. I’m using my new Schacht high speed whorl on the largest “setting,” which has a ration of 14:1.

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Since this is my first attempt at spinning alpaca, I was curious how it would spin up on a spindle.

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And my new Lendrum has been getting a workout. I wanted to try the fast flyer, so I started spinning up some hand-dyed Merino wool top I bought from OnTheRound. The Lendrum fast flyer has three grooves on it, and I am using the middle one which has a ratio of 15:1.

A bazillion shades of blue

A bazillion shades of blue

The blues in this fiber are just incredible, ranging from palest gray-blue to robin’s egg blue to deep midnight blue. I can hardly wait to get the yarn finished so that I can knit something with it.

 

Hi’s and Lo’s

With the Summer Olympics in full swing, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting and spinning while watching coverage of the Games on television. The Spider Queen is almost 4/5s completed. I have started the edging of the 3rd border and the edging should be done by the end of the week. Then there will be just one border to go.

The lovely turquoise Corriedale fiber is now spun into singles. I spun half of the fiber on my beautiful Kundert high whorl spindle, but the second half I spun on my new Schacht Hi-Lo spindle using the spindle as a low whorl.

Schacht Hi-Lo 1.1-oz spindle used as low whorl

My verdict on this spindle is that it works very well as a low whorl spindle. My verdict on low whorl spindling in general is that I absolutely love it. My verdict on Corriedale is that it is a wonderful fiber and an excellent choice for a novice spindler. It is easy to draft and easy to control. All that’s left to do is ply the singles and set the twist.

Corriedale singles awaiting plying

The Wool of the Andes in Sapphire Heather is nearly all spun. The first half of the fiber was spun on the little guy–the .75-oz spindle I bought that is made from a wooden dowel and toy wheel. The second half of the fiber is being spun on the 2.2-oz Schacht Hi-Lo.

Wool of the Andes Sapphire Heather in progress

Once again, I’m using the Hi-Lo as a low whorl spindle. The heavier spindle definitely spins longer than the lighter one, but it spins slower, so I sometimes have to give the yarn an extra spin before winding it onto the shaft to ensure that it has enough twist. I don’t have much of this fiber left to spin and will probably have it finished before the day is over.

Not much left to spin

The Sapphire singles are pretty thin and I’m considering leaving them unplied and using the yarn for a lace shawl or scarf. This yarn had a lot of depth in the color as well as a beautiful shimmer. I’m thinking that it wants some beads. What do you think?

Blue, Blue, And More Blue

I have to admit that I’m partial to the color blue. Both of my current spinning projects involve blue fiber.

Half of the turquoise Corriedale fiber is spun. Doesn’t the cop look lovely on the Kundert spindle?

And I’ve got a nice start on the Wool of the Andes Sapphire Heather. I love how the roving shimmers.

And look what I received in the mail today.

The fiber is Polwarth from Sunset Fibers in the Blue Lagoon color way. Yes, more blue yarn!

The spindles are Schacht Hi-Lo spindles. I bought them from The Woolery in Frankfort, Kentucky, which is where I purchased my Kundert spindle and the turquoise Corriedale. The big Schacht is the 3-inch model that weighs 68 grams; the small one is the 2.5-inch model that weighs 33 grams. The Hi-Lo is designed to be used as both a high-whorl and a low-whorl spindle, which makes them versatile.

As you have already guessed, I’m dying to give the new spindles a whirl. I think I’ll spin up the rest of the Corriedale on the small Schacht using it as a low whorl and see how it compares to the Kundert. It’s so much fun to be a spindler!