Monthly Archives: July 2012

TdF Day 12

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Today has been a productive day. I have spun one of the three planned bobbins that I have planned for the fiber that I have combed out. Plus I have moved onto the second bobbin! I hope to have all three bobbins full and possibly plied by July 21st which is when I get together with all of my spinner friends to show off what I’ve been working on.

TdF Days 3-6

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Well I’ve been busy. I started combing out my Bond fleece that I washed a couple of weeks ago. Tonite I finished what I had washed up, and my arms are tired! The problem now is that it’s too hot to wash more of the fleece.

On the nite of day 3, I finished spinning up both halves of my roving and started plying. I think by 1am the next day I finished plying. The next morning, I got it all wound up and the twist set. I decided that at one of my weekly knitting groups, I better get started on my combing. I had met with a friend the week before to get her expertise on whether or not I should brush or comb. I got more use of my fiber with less “pills” in the combed fiber.

Like I mentioned before, I finished combing up the washed fiber that I had, but I also used my drop spindle to make a swatch for my project. I think Reilly liked the drop spindle. This was the first time he’s seen me using it.

The project calls for a sport weight yarn, but I’m more used to spinning close to either fingering, DK, or worsted. Plus I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a 2 or 3-ply. I like the look of a 3-ply, but wasn’t sure how the fibers would lay. I did a 2 ply, and after setting the twist it fluffed up quite a bitThe picture below shows my first time knitting with my own handspun yarn. Pretty cool, huh? I have to admit, my gauge was right on! I can’t wait to get to spinning it all up and starting the project, but I just wish my arms weren’t so sore.

My other knitting group meets tomorrow and I’m still trying to decide what I want to bring to work on. I still have xmas knitting projects to finish. I guess I’ll decide tomorrow morning. I think I’ll head to bed early tonite. I’ve been going to bed about 1am or later for the past couple of nites. My 2 week break is coming to an end this weekend. ūüė¶

 

Fiber High!

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I think since my last spinning group, I have been on a fiber high. My non-LYS has a spinning group that meets on every third Tuesday, so that was a couple of ¬†weeks ago. I got to show off the fiber that I got from the Estes Park Wool Festival, plus I was almost done with spinning up half of a project that I started last month…I think it was last month. I decided that since Pueblo got a break from the triple digit heat that it would be a good time to start washing some of my fiber that evening before the predicted heat was supposed to return. That nite I started my cold soaks for my one pound CVM X Wenslydale/Lincoln fleece. I have to say that I kinda missed washing fleeces…which for those that don’t do the raw fleeces might find weird. (I know I did when I first started spinning.)

Once I got my first project cleaned up, I started on my second fleece…the Bond….Australian Bond. Hehe This is the fleece that I bought to work on during the Tour de Fleece¬†on my big project. I didn’t wash all of it, but maybe a quarter to a fifth of the fleece. Ms. Gleason told me that I had to make sure to get the musky smell out to know that it was completely washed. I think I had it in my mind that I needed to do a few more washes then I did with the fleece before that. In the process, I think I partially felted some of it. ūüė¶ I didn’t use a lingerie bag like I knew I should have. I had thought about it, but wasn’t quite sure where it was. For the remaining fleece, I will for sure be using a bag.

In between washes I made sure to be productive. I worked on finishing the project I was currently spinning. I had bought 4 oz of a Merino/Silk blend (80/20) a couple of years ago, but hadn’t thought about what to ply it with or what to do with it period. While spending time with Peggy and all of her amazing pieces of work, I found hand-dyed roving that matching the¬†sherbet¬†orange Merino/Silk that I already had. It had shades of yellow and orange and thought it would be perfect! I’m really happy with how it turned out. I spent a good part of a day plying. It came up to a little over 535 yds.

While spinning I had two good things going for me. Pride and Prejudice and beef jerky, which Reilly, my kitty loves also…the jerky that is.

Happy Spinning!

Tour de Fleece 2012: Day 1 & 2

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This will be the third year that I have participated in TdF. As I’ve posted in previous writings, I thought that I would be working on my Bond fleece. I was having complications on how I was going to prepare the fleece. I had tried both brushing using animal brushes and single row combs. I have finding what I know now as second cuts. I paid a pretty penny for this fleece, and have been told from two friends that I should let Gleason know about the second cuts she’s getting from her current shearer. I should not be getting second cuts from a fleece I paid $100 for. It’s making me wonder if the entire fleece will be like that and how bad. I want to make sure that I get enough out of this fleece in order to be able to make my project. I’d really hate to be short because I paid for second cuts.¬†So with that said, I had to go through my stash and decided what I wanted to start while I decide what I want to do. Plus I have to take some time out to prepare the fiber for spinning.

I found a braid that I bought back in March 2011 from a shop in San Diego that I had been recommended to me. It wasn’t the type of shop that I was expecting. About a quarter to a third of the shop was dedicated to fiber and the other was like a Cracker Barrel.¬†It had everything else. It’s a gorgeous braid. I for some reason thought that it had some green to it. One thing I bought from the yarn store that closed here in town was a dark green Mernio/Bamboo. Oh well…it’ll be used for something else. Since the braid was only 4 oz, I decided to spin this thin.

The first day I got a little under an ounce completed because I got a late start. I was having a new and much needed mattress delivered and I still needed to clean up the entry way and my bedroom. Today is….well since it’s after midnite, it’s officially day 3. As of now, I have completed about half of the braid. I plan to finish spinning the other half of it maybe more tomorrow and have the two bobbins plied either by later tonite or the day after.

In between all of that, I need to get to my combing. I still need to figure out if I want to do a 2 or 3 ply on this project. I think that if it were a Merino I might do a 3 ply, but with how it’s feeling right now I think I might do a 2 ply. If I don’t have all of that decided and I have my carding going, I do need to think about my next project. Other than starting my big project I also have to think what other projects I want to work with. I have two awesome batts that are just wait to be spun. I’m just not sure how I want to spin them up. I think I might try using some thread like my friend Peggy does with some of her projects. With my stash…the sky’s the limit.