25 Jul 2014
31 Dec 2013
I find it useful to write a wrap up to see what I made in the last 12 months. It looks very impressive this way.
Project 1: Wild Color Hunter Mittens
Yarn: Made from hand-spun. The fiber was purchased in 2011 at New Hampshire Sheep and Wool from Mad Colors in the Wildside color way. I spun using my Bosworth’s mini making a 3 ply light weight fingering yarn.
Needles: 2.75 mm
Pattern: Self designed
Finished: Feb 2013
Project 2: Touch of Silk 3 ply skein
Project 3: Twisted Stitch Socks
I don’t actually have a finished photo of these, even though I have been wearing them fairly constantly when the weather has been cold enough.
Yarn: Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Portland Rose
Needles: 2.75 mm
Pattern: Self designed with a knit two (twisted approximately every 3rd row) purl 3 rib
Finished: April 2013
Project 4: Red Pei
Project 5: Dyeing and Carding Jacob
Still working on the fleece I bought in 2010! This is hopefully the last stages of fiber prep and spinning:
For TDF 2013 I dyed and blended secondary colors.
For the rest of 2013 and going into 2014, I spun/am spinning singles on my Sunflower Breeze spindles.
Hopefully the yarn will be completed by the end of 2014.
Project 6: Silkie Pear Drop Shawl
Project 7: N. Ronaldsay Singles
Project 9: Mostly Hebridean Yarn
Project 9: Marin
I’ve since been sent enough yarn to redo the corner but I kind of like it being a different color. One of my Doylestown friends calls it my Clorox shawl!
Yarn: La Drogourie Surnaturelle in Cape Horn (mostly)
Needles: 3.5 mm
Finished: Sept 2013
Project 10: Shortening socks originally knit for Mum
No pictures. But Mum’s feet were 1″ longer than mine and I couldn’t bear to give these socks away. So I have adjusted two pairs and still have one left to go.
Project 11: Pei for Jessica
Project 12: Christmas Washcloths
Also one Nanayaya dishcloth takes me about 90 -120 mins. So I do it during meetings!
Yarn: Lily’s Peaches and Creme
Needles: 4 mm
Project 13: WWKAL 13: Erica Hat
Project 14: Dreaming of Shetland Shawl
Project 15: Dad’s Cardigan
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Delight in Green-blue (colorway 16)
Needles: 2.5 mm
Pattern: Self designed with extra space in the back for widower’s hump
Finished: Dec 2013, with help with sewing in zipper from SIL
Ongoing but Unfinished Projects
Project 16: England Sweater
Working on the sleeves. Then I have the front steek to open up. Buttons with band up the front.
I only work on this project in England, so I might not finish it this trip!
Project 17: Never-ending Blanket
Project 18: Abbysilk
I have other spinning and need to get better about recording my hand spun. I do label it all and keep small samples.
5 Jul 2013
I made batts yesterday by blending two colors together using my drumcarder.
In the picture above, the top row is the original colors, and the next rows show the degree of blending. I stopped after blending three times.
3 Jul 2013
Well actually it is Day 2 -4 but I can’t be bothered to change it now. I’ve been spinning Jacob fiber and slowly seeing some progress. It takes me about an hour to spin 10 g, so that is my target each day. I hope to get faster as the tour goes on. So this is white, light gray, gold self-dyed. The spindle is now as full as I can cope with so it will be emptied tomorrow with the three colors being wound into their own little pre-ply ball. Then I think I will get out my drumcarder and do some blending of colors.
Oh, a couple of firsts:
There is ~64 g of singles on this spindles. That is the most I’ve put on a spindle at a time (I think).
I spun ~20 g of fiber today. Again, IIRC, I have never spun that much in one day before. Perhaps by the end of the Tour, I can spin more than 50 g/day! I’m taking it slow as I don’t want to hurt my shoulder and not be able to spin at all.
30 Jun 2013
After the first day, I have some singles, mostly spun before the tour started:
4 May 2013
14 Jan 2013
9 Jul 2012
I got a little bit behind with posting pictures of my Tour De Fleece progress. I finished spinning the singles for the Babydoll Southdown and I am now half way through the singles for the Dorset Corriedale X.
On the carding front, all the turquoise Jacob is done! I have now started on the magenta Jacob. This time I am trying to make fluffy rolags and see how differently they spin to the punis I prepared from the other fibers.
4 Jul 2012
I’ve been trying to roll my carded yarn into punis every since I saw one of my Ravelry spinning friends show off hers. I finally managed it:
I also started on the second half of the spinning my Babydoll Southdown fiber. I might even have yarn by the end of the week:
3 Jul 2012
Here is the progress I made as of this morning:
The spindle is now empty again as I am half way through spinning the Babydoll-Southdown and I want to make a 2-ply yarn. I also realized that I might be nearly half way through carding the torquoise Jacob too. Which is about on target as each are 1/3rd of my target, so being 1/6th of the way through by the end of today would mean I might even get everything done!
My spinning of the Babydoll had definitely improved; either that or the rolags lower in the bag were better prepared. Babydoll is different to any other fiber I have spun before and I am excited to see what the final yarn will look like.