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!
And Cloudlover Printemps.
The finished skein — about 300yds of a worsted weight yarn — reflects the project itself — So. Much. Fun.
So 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!
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…Organize 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.
Next up was my Cloudlover Chimera III, a Rambouillet fiber. I 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.
These are resting, waiting their turn to be plied.
Waiting, in fact, on this braid.
My 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.It 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!