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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.

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 2012

TDF Day 2

Filed under: Spinning — Tags: , , — Cat @ 11:55 am

More of the same really:

 TDF Day 2: Spinning and Carding

I need to do more spinning and, therefore, less carding.

24 Jun 2012

Tour De Fleece 2012

Filed under: Fiber Arts, Spinning — Tags: , , , , , , — Cat @ 10:44 am

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:

Kuchulu

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:

Three Fibers for TDF2012

L-R Babydoll, Dorset-Corriedale X, Romney

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.

Light Gray Jacob

Marta Jacob Puni-Rolags in Light Gray

15 Jul 2011

TDF Week 2

Filed under: Knitting, Spinning, Yarn — Tags: , , , — Cat @ 2:13 pm

TDF11 days 11-13

Top: Finished the left sleeve of Dad’s cardigan
Color skeins: Mad Colors wild side chain plied. Well one was chained and then plied because I couldn’t chain fast enough. The singles were spun on Habetrot’s support spindle, plying on Bosworth mini.
Middle: Windswept Pippit moorit Shetland drying
White fibre and yarn: Marta Jacob fleece in batts and span as two ply (smaller skein) and three ply on Saacht Hi-lo Spindle

2 Apr 2011

Week 10: Vanishing Point

Filed under: Photo, Spinning, Yarn — Tags: , , , , — Cat @ 9:09 pm

New yarn.

I wanted to take a picture for this week’s topic (Vanishing Point) that wasn’t of a road or railway or river or path going off into the distance.  Mainly because the roads aren’t that exciting or straight around here. So after winding some hand-spun yarn onto my niddy noddy and staring at it over dinner, I realised its potential. The B&W shot is best as the yarn is white and pink, which was a little distracting from the theme.

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10 Mar 2011

Week 7/52: Love

Filed under: Cat, Personal, Photo — Tags: , , , , , , , — Cat @ 11:13 am

Love

Love and Valentine’s Day for me are always hard to represent especially in a photo.  I am not really into hearts and romance at the moment. So I tried to compose a picture of some of the things that I love: photo of Mum because I miss her and the rest of the family; fiber and spindle to show my love of fiber arts; flowers indicating my gardening.  Not shown chocolate [oooh an idea for this theme next year just comes to mind], books, music, and Murphy:

Murphy

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4 Oct 2010

Murphy Monday: Is there such a thing a too much yarn?

Filed under: Cat, Yarn — Tags: , , , , — Cat @ 7:37 am

Back in August I took this photo to show you why I must stop buying yarn and fiber. Murphy is there for scale, and attention. BTW he is a long cat.
Recently aquired stash

This is the yarn I bought in July and August.  There was fiber as well.  Oh, it doesn’t include the yarn and fiber I left with my parents to work on when I am visiting. I find it annoying to have to pack knitting and spinning projects and as I visit often, I thought it was worthwhile to have, ahem, two stashes.

31 Jul 2010

Spindles on Saturday

Filed under: Fiber Arts, Spinning — Tags: , , — Cat @ 4:39 pm

Resurfacing briefly after teaching summer session.  Intro Chemistry in 5 weeks is hard on the lecturer as much as on the students.  Kudos to the students who completed the 5 weeks!

During the five weeks the tour de fleece took place, which is spinners way of watching cute men in tight lyric while doing their favorite thing,  making new yarn.  I managed to spin a little very day even if only a yard or so.  And it help, I am improving.  It helped that I bought two new spindles at Maryland Sheep and Wool back in May.

First up:  The Breeze from Spinabit

Breeze from Spinabit

The Breeze weights 45 g and keeps on going. I love it. The yarn is part of the Rambouillet I bought to spin into a sweater. I have nearly 2 lbs, so it might take me a while.

Second up: Bosworth Mini

Mahogany Bosworth Mini Whorl

Bosworth spindles are made by Jonathan Bosworth and have quite a reputation. I wanted a light weight spindle to round out my collection and I was happy to get this one.

To show how much I like it, I just spun an ounce of Shetland into singles in a week. Here is an in progress picture:

Shetland Wool Singles

20 Mar 2010

New Spindle and Fiber

Filed under: Yarn — Tags: , , , — Cat @ 8:29 pm

Chillis Spindle from Wildcraft

Chillis Spindle from Wildcraft

And…

Fiber Sampler from the Spinning Loft

Fiber Sampler from the Spinning Loft

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