Tour de Fleece Days 1-3

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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Tour de Fleece Plans

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

Tour De Fleece 2012

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

TDF Week 2

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

Week 10: Vanishing Point

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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Week 7/52: Love

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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