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3 Jul 2013

Tour de Fleece Days 1-3

Filed under: Spinning — Tags: , , , , — Cat @ 9:42 pm

TDF 2013 Days 1 - 3
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.

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30 Jun 2013

Tour de Fleece Plans

Filed under: Spinning — Tags: , , , , — Cat @ 4:28 pm

Plans are to spin the Jacob fleece I bought back in 2013 (one of these days I’ll have a finished project from this fleece):
TDF13 Day 1

After the first day, I have some singles, mostly spun before the tour started:

Jacob Turquoise Singles

2 Jul 2011

Adventures with Fleece

Filed under: Knitting, Spinning, Yarn — Tags: , , , , , , — Cat @ 3:18 pm

When to the Tour de France takes place, spinners of the fiber kind join in with a Tour de Fleece. The idea is to set hand spinning goals to achieve while watching the cyclists get hot and sweaty. I have joined too many goals but it should be fun trying:

Goal 1:

Jacob Washed Fleece

Jacob Fleece - Washed

Process as much of the Jacob as possible. It is all washed but I have about a pound of a half that needs flicking and carding.

Goal 2:

Maryland 398

Maryland 398

Pippit

Windswept Pippit

Wash two Shetland Fleeces and comb and spin a sample of each.

Goal 3:
Spin on my Trindle every day and while at it, spin enough Fabulous Fibers Summit for making two swatches; regular 3 ply and Navajo 3 ply.

Fabulous Fibers Summit

BFL Summit from Fabulous Fibers

Goal 4:

Knit on Dad’s cardigan as much as possible. It would be nice to be finished when I visit in August.

Swatch for Dad's Cardigan

Swatch for Dad's Cardigan

So I joined four teams on Ravelry as part of the TDF as my new Avatar shows:

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