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.
When the Tour de France starts next Saturday, spinners from around the world will be cheering on the cyclists by getting out their spindles and wheels. These spinners challenge themselves to be better spinners by creating extra special, to them, yarn. This is called the Tour de Fleece and is on Ravelry. I will be one of the Tour De Fleece spinners and have set myself several goals as I am a member of several teams.
As a member of Team Suck Less I am going to suck less at hand-carding and get Marta Jacob’s fleece carded up as much as possible. This has been hanging over me since last year’s TDF! Team Suck Less is sponsored by Friend’s of Abby’s Yarns, an awesome group of very supportive Ravelry members.
As a member of Team Black & Beyond with Fleece Fiber Source Book, I have a fiber sampler challenge. For this I will spin some new to me fibers. In particular, fibers I purchased last month at All About Ewe: Babydoll, Romney, and Dorset-Corriedale X. If that isn’t enough I have some llama, yak and alpaca to try.
I am also a member of the Peloton, with walking with my spindle while spinning as my challenge. I especially want to spin on my Jenkins Kuchulu Turkish Spindle which I purchased earlier this year. Look isn’t the Kuchulu sweet:
As part of my training, I carded the fibers for my fiber sampler challenge and got my arms all good and ready for carding Marta Jacob. Here are my puni-rolags, which I made after carding by rolling over a spindle shaft. Here are the three fibers:
I also cheated a little bit. I have got into hand carding so much that I didn’t want to stop. So I started on Marta’s fleece mentioned above. I have quite a lot of her fleece to card and I do want to get it done this year, so I carded the light gray fiber and started on the mid grays. I did all the darker colors last year.
Ooof. I think I am spun out for a while.
Top LH corner: Jacob from Marta – gold batts, mid dark singles, white batts, white yarn 3ply and 2 ply
Top RH: Mad Colors: Wild Side
Middle L: Fabulous Fibers: Summit
Middle: Drying Shetland fleeces
Bottom L + Middle: Drachenwolle
Bottom R: Dad’s cardigan
If you remember I had goals. So how did I do?
Goal 1: Prepare lots of Jacob. I got about 100 g carded and a further 20 g waiting for the carder. Still have a long way to go before it is all finished.
Goal 2: Wash fleeces. Thanks to members of Team Suck Less and the FOAY group on Ravelry, I found out that my water is not hot enough to dissolve lanolin. So I had to change my methods and rewash the first few lots. Despite that I am only 3.5 mesh bags away from finishing the second fleece! For this fleece I got fancy and sorted out the fiber into different categories:
A) Least compacted and long clear locks
B) Back like A but compacted
C) Sides are slightly dirty and not as soft as A or B
D) End of legs – very compacted and not soft
E) Worst, as in dirtiest, locks. Fleece was skirted which means the really nasty bits were already removed.
Goal 3: Spin on my Trindle every day. I span every day but not always on my Trindle. I did, however, spin all the fiber I intended for the Trindle.
Goal 4: Knit Dad’s cardigan. Unfortunately, the last few days have been too hot too knit a thick cardigan but before the heat dome arrived I finished the left sleeve and I’m about a third into the right sleeve.
So all in all tour de fleece 2011 was a success.
I have finished flicking and carding the Jacob I dyed yellow. My goal this week is to flick 200 g of white so that on Saturday I can dye fiber to make a color wheel.
MD398 is not clean enough so tomorrow I am going to rewash the locks I started yesterday. Combing was tough because the fiber was so greasy. I should also look for a source of power-scourer just in case more washing isn’t enough. However, spinning the top was lovely. I adore spinning Shetland wool and sometimes wonder why I bother with anything else.
I washed some of Pippit – I need a better way to take the locks from the fleece as last night it was too late to unroll the whole fleece so I just grabbed the nearest loss bits. However, I think it was the back leg as it is covered in VM. The fiber washed up nicely; I used lower temperature water, more soap and and extra rinse at the end.
I still have a few hours and hope to spin with my Trindle and knit on Dad’s cardigan.