Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tour de Fleece - Finished Yarns

Since I haven't really been keeping up with the days and progress... I figured I would just post about the finished yarns...

I have been trying to spin everyday... sometimes its only for a couple minutes, and others for a few hours. Having the kids all the time makes it a little difficult at times... lots of little fingers to watch out for :)

So... Other than the one skein that is already pictured in the previous post... I have done 3 more so far.

1. 325 Yards of Misc. Fibers from the Mad Hatter Batt Swap for the Fun Onion group on Ravelry... I had 3 partners and they each sent me fiber... then I made rolags and spun them into a fun and crazy yarn!

2. 50 Yards of "Buffy" - Buffy was my friend Laurie's dog who passed away a few years ago... many people have attempted to spin this fiber, with no success... so since I am always up for a challenge, I decided to give it a shot... Man was it difficult... I hand carded the fiber into punis and then started spinning super slowly... that is why there is only 50 yards :)

3. 120 Yards of Self Striping Yarn - this was for a challenge in the Blue Mountain and The Clay Sheep group on Ravelry... Beth from Blue Mountain came up with a way to spin self striping yarn without all the measuring and accuracy... so for the challenge, we followed her technique, spun up the yarn... then knit or crocheted it into a finished product...

Since I only had 120 yards and I couldn't figure out what the make... I decided to make a scarf... I had test knitted the Pullman Scarf by Angel Vista a few months back and decided that this yarn should be a "sort of" Pullman Scarf :)

Test both on mom and mom...

Hopefully I will have more yarn for you shortly... since the Tour de Fleece ends on Sunday :(

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013 - Day 5

As you may know, the Tour de France is upon us... for spinners, this time is known as the Tour de Fleece... and we spin as much as we can... every day if possible and see what we can get done :)

So, since I am actually trying to stick with it... there's no better way than to document everything that is going on... here :)

I decided to try out some colors that did not go together at all and see what happened in the end... so the pictures below are of Andean Plying... and what each color change looks like...

 The plying process begins... Purple - Purple

Purple - Blue

Blue - Teal

Teal - Purple

Purple - Purple

Purple - Yellow (This one I was nervous about... but its not too bad)

Yellow - Red/Pink

Red/Pink - Purple

Finished with Purple - Purple

Since I loved how everything was plying... I couldnt wait to get home last night and get the yarn skeined and washed... Here is the final result... I must say that I love it

A total of 72 Yards... Hand Dyed... Rambo, Corriedale, Mohair, Columbia, and Border Leicester... Enjoy!