Le Tour: Days 2 & 3

There’s a slim chance that I am taking the Tour de Fleece too seriously. Or I having just a wee bit too much fun with it.  What do you think? Is it weird that I hear the Chariots of Fire theme song in my head every time I approach my wheel? Is it bad that when I accomplish some incredible feat like not strangling myself in a plying bracelet that I hear chants of ‘USA! USA! USA!’ in my head?

However bonkers I may be, I am having a blast and learning A TON. As I go into the evening of Day 3, I am more or less on track with my plans.

My first single is spun, set, washed, and dried.20130701-191734.jpgIt is far from perfect. It is closer to a thick & thin than a bulky weight. It broke as I put it on the niddy noddy because it needed more twist in one spot. It is, however, perfectly balanced. The colors spun up beautifully (of course, thanks Natalie aka Cloudlover!). Overall, considering it is my first real attempt at a knitable single, I am really happy with the results.

I also discussed my Haunted Vineyard colorway in my last Tour post. After the night of rest, it was time to ply these two bobbins…20130630-112641.jpg…into one.

Unfortunately, when I got to the end of the first bobbin it was clear that weighing out my fiber to evenly divide it hadn’t quite worked out. I had probably 10 or 15yards remaining. And it was pretty. So I did what any crazy person would do, I chose this moment to figure out how to use a plying bracelet.20130701-191357.jpgThis was the ‘oh, crap’ moment for me.

20130701-191406.jpgBut it worked out phenomenally well. I will definitely be using the plying bracelet from here on out. How did I not know about it before? (By the way, thanks to Kara at Suzy Sells Sea Shells for mentioning it in one of her recent blogs — that’s how I discovered it existed! Long live the blogosphere!)

I have also been spinning away at an 8oz project — yet another new technique: double-marled yarn.20130701-191518.jpgIt took me about 45seconds to absolutely fall in love with this spin. I have not done a ton with blending colors, but this — it took two beautiful colorways and made them 2000% amazing.20130701-195202.jpg

I can’t decide which sentiment is stronger right now: never wanting this spin to end or wanting to spin like the wind to see the final yarn.

While I am definitely a little fish in a big pond of talent on Team Cloudlover, I have really taken this Tour by the horns and have decided to not only spin my very favourite fibers without guilt (instead of hoarding them in my stash like I normally do), but I am also trying anything and everything my heart desires. I am taking chances. I am spinning. I am plying. I am having a blast!

Now, if you’ll excuse me…

2 responses to “Le Tour: Days 2 & 3

    • I swore I didn’t want to learn to spin for years. My mom & husband finally talked me into it. I am so glad they did – I have learned so much about fiber & yarn and continue to learn more everyday. It’s just awesome!

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