Le Tour: The First 10 Days

I have to admit that I am very surprised by how quickly the Tour de Fleece is flying by for me. It could be because I am spinning in every free moment I have. It could also be that I am pushing myself even harder than I had planned. However fast the time flies past, one thing is for certain: I have spun much more than I normally do & I have learned a lot. It is really fantastic!

The last update I gave you, I was spinning away on my double-marl. Remember it started as these two braids of SW BFL Top.image_medium2

Cloudlover Kimono


And Cloudlover Printemps.

The finished skein — about 300yds of a worsted weight yarn — reflects the project itself — So. Much. Fun.

20130708-143625.jpgIt turned out so lovely!

20130708-143633.jpgSo colorful & lively — I have no idea what to do with it yet. Honestly, I just kind of like looking at it! I have received a bunch of questions regarding how I spun this skein, so I have another double-marl on the docket for which I plan to photograph the process in order to share my method. Until that time, I will direct you to Susan B Anderson’s blog — this blog post is actually where I learned about the double-marl (Thanks, Susan!). From here, I visited the Knitty.com post Susan recommended for the how-to. The coolest part about the process is that you don’t just spin different colors together — if you watch carefully while you spin, you get a crash course in how colors blend together and the seemingly infinite number of color possibilities when you spin two braids of hand-dyed fiber together. If you haven’t tried this technique, I really can’t recommend it enough — it is fun and an education!

Next up came my Cloudlover Decay — a merino, bamboo, silk blend. image_medium6

For this spin, I opted to try my hand at making & spinning fauxlags (a clever way of referring to ‘faked rolags’). Again, this is a technique I will illustrate in a coming post, but for now just know that you roll your fiber into these little cylinder-type shapes…20130708-143658.jpgOrganize them how you want the colors to flow & spin.

My end result was about 310yds of a lovely 2-ply fingering weight yarn with nice drape and a very even mix of color.

20130708-143929.jpgDon’t mind the yellow ties — it was all I had on hand when I was skeining it.

20130708-144020.jpgI really love how the colors remain independent and yet still mixed on this spin.

Next up was my Cloudlover Chimera III, a Rambouillet fiber. image_medium4I am doing something perhaps a little foolhardy with this — I split it in half & am planning to spin 2 mini-skeins with a Navajo-ply. I am a bit wary of how small these skeins may wind up being, but I am equally excited to see the finished yarn.

They started with a beautiful blue…20130708-143805.jpgAnd ended with these lovely forest tones.20130708-143814.jpg

These are resting, waiting their turn to be plied.

Waiting, in fact, on this braid.

image_medium5My Cloudlover Nightshade — 50% Superwash Merino, 50% Silk

Just to experiment, I did this with the braid…20130708-143824.jpgAnd now my kitchen table looks like this…

20130708-145353.jpgMy plan is to Navajo-ply this as well. In retrospect, a double-marl might have been more what I was looking for than the fauxlags, but I think I will get some nice little short repeats of color. In all honesty, I cannot imagine how this colorway could not look great no matter what I do to it.20130708-145347.jpgIt is somehow dainty & bold at the same time.  ♥

This spin is probably the toughest thus far for me on Le Tour. Spinning this lightweight yarn, I tend to get kind of bored and easily distracted. I am glad I have the Tour de Fleece to keep propelling me forward. With over halfway still to go with this braid, I am going to need it!

6 thoughts on “Le Tour: The First 10 Days

  1. Love this! I’m really trying to talk myself out of trying spinning…..I really don’t have the time!

    1. You know, I considered learning for years before taking the plunge. Now that I know how, I love that it compliments my knitting & enhances what I know about yarn & fiber. It is also a really nice break from knitting to keep the craft fresh for me. Once you get over the initial learning curve, it is really just about finding time to spin, a lot like making time for knitting – it is just less portable (although the do make travel wheels) – so it usually means dividing crafting time between the two. So, once you are a spinner & a knitter, you find yourself choosing between two great things. It could be worse. 😉

  2. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I have a question, if you don’t mind. I’m starting to consider buying a wheel. Do you have any recommendations? I’ve been using a drop spindle.

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