Tour de Fleece 2014 Wrap-Up

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the Tour de Fleece. With the exception of the KALs I’ve run on my own, it’s definitely my favorite fiber arts event. I love the talented spinners on the teams I’ve joined and I always learn a lot. I also appreciate that it really inspires me to experiment a little more with my spinning and pushes me to spin a bit every day. While I certainly didn’t spin 15skeins of yarn this year like I did in 2013, considering I was away from home 11 out of the 23 days Le Tour ran this year I’m not going to turn my nose up at my 5new skeins

Before I get to my full round-up here, let me share my last two skeins which I haven’t featured here on the blog yet. First, from my stash I pulled a beautiful 4ounces of Dyeabolical‘s Themyscira on a Mixed BFL/Tussah Silk base.

themyscira_medium2Like many fibers, this one had been in my stash far too long. I spun it into very lightweight singles as my original thought was that I would maximize the yardage with a simple 2-ply. Well, when it came time to ply I started in the evening when I should have called it a night and when I came back to it in the morning all I could see was this section I had under twisted. The only way to really deal with it was to run it back through my wheel. But I had a lot of yardage. And I was tired. And I wanted to finish. So while I thought over my options, I enlisted some help.

d spinsAnd when we finally got through the singles, when I had decided to just send it back through my wheel to adjust the twist instead on a total impulse I opted to Navajo ply my slightly wonky 2ply.

ThemysciraAnd I wound up with about 160yards of a really, really pretty 6ply.

Themyscira detailI think it was one of those lucky moments where a mistake leads to something really grand. I just love this skein!

Next up, I grabbed this fiber…

golden_afternoon_medium2Dyeabolical‘s Golden Afternoon on a polwarth/silk base. I bought this fiber after being inspired by Kara’s work last year — she actually  inspires the heck out of me on a regular basis. For those of you who don’t know, Kara is an amazing spinner and in addition to sparking my creativity, she’s been kind enough to help me now and then to solve spinning challenges. Definitely follow her blog if you don’t already — it is completely awesome.

Anyhoo, I split this fiber into 3equal portions for a traditional 3ply  and then split each of those 3 portions uniquely (read: randomly) to blend the colors.

Golden AfternoonI’m really very happy with the results. This fingering weight yarn could not be any prettier or softer.

golden afternoon fullI’m so happy to have a generous 450yard of this beautiful yarn.

As for the rest of the tour, let me sum up my other skeins. First, I had the skein of Cloudlover Rambouillet in the Lakefront colorway from the fiber club.

lakefrontFriends, also don’t forget the 15% discount for all Knitting Sarah friends at Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber which runs through the end of the year ( the giveaway is over, but see here for details on the discount).

Next, I had the Manos del Uruguay superfine merino in Blue Jay…

blue jay manosA beautiful blue-purple single.

And of course, the super lovely Cloudlover BFL/silk in Blue Hawaii….skeinedThis 2ply is so much fun!

Add the last two skeins to the mix and here you’ve got my five completed skeins from the Tour de Fleece 2014…

groupDefinitely not as many yards this year, but I’m so very happy with the results.  Most importantly though, I’m very inspired and motivated to keep spinning! And, as always, I’m marking my calendar for next year’s Tour — July 4, 2015 can’t come soon enough for me!

5 responses to “Tour de Fleece 2014 Wrap-Up

  1. The 6 ply is amazing, I am totally going to do that on purpose sometime. In fact, I can even think of a skein or two in my stash that I could pull out and do that to and be happier with the end result. I love it.

    And, the Golden Afternoon. Just….*sigh*….it’s so beautiful. It is no wonder I became so confused upon viewing it, between the differing greens, and the thin spin on your part, whereas mine was thick.

  2. those are all so beautiful – now, I can’t wait to see what you make with them! OR do you just keep them to look at and touch? 🙂

  3. Beautiful spinning! I didn’t produce as much this year as in years past, either, mostly because I had a knitting deadline that stole the first 6 days of the Tour from me. But I agree, it’s so much fun!

  4. I’m so impressed!!! These are just beautiful. I just showed all your skeins to my 95 year old mother who has just come to live with us, and she is inspired to do some spinning on her grandmother’s spinning wheel. We bought some beautifully colored Kaleidoscope Polwarth Wool Roving on Etsy to get her going. Thanks for the inspiration! She really needed this in her life right now. 🙂

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