TdF Week 2, Recap (belated)

I’m officially a whole week late posting these photos, but that’s life sometimes isn’t it? Especially in summer things get so busy and I’m of the school of thought that sometimes it’s good to just be busy doing stuff, living life. A big reason I love my blog is that I don’t punch a clock here — I try very hard to be timely with posts and keep fresh writing & photographs coming, but I can also let life unfold and enjoy experiences that come my way and while I do the blog can wait a bit. And I thank all of you for hanging with me through it all!

So at long last, I’m sitting down to share my week two skeins from the Tour de Fleece — I won’t beat around the bush, but let me just take you right into introductions with my four new handspun skeins.

First up was a gradient from Northbound Knitting. This BFL/Silk top was named Moonlight.

nbkmoonlight I spun and n-plied it into about 170yds of roughly sport weight yarn. I LOVE the cool blues and greys and purples.

nbkmoonlightdetThis was the first NorthBound Knitting fiber I’ve ever spun and I really could not tell from the braid exactly how this would turn out, but I really adore this yarn. It is gorgeous and I’m forever assured that Lisa at NorthBound Knitting dyes amazing fiber (not that I ever doubted it). My only regret is that I didn’t manage to eek out a little more yardage in the spinning process, but considering the yardage I’ve got this skein will undoubtedly make a lovely Zuzu’s Petals  one day.

My next skein I spun from a couple batts from Classy Squid Fiber Co. I caught wind of this shop via Handmade by Stefanie and grabbed a little over 4oz (2 batts of 2+oz) of the Cloudy with a Chance of BFL colorway.

CSFC wholeI’m relatively new to handling batts and this project was a real treat. The rich mix of black, grey, and navy with little punches of color were really inspiring.

CSFC detIt’s not the most even yarn I’ve spun and I only produced about 275yds of a 2-ply heavy sport weight yarn with these batts, but they are so very special for how unique they turned out.

CSFO detI just love how different this skein is from all my other skeins and I’m really, really, really looking forward to grabbing another couple batts from this shop when the ‘ol budget allows.

Next, I have another gradient from Northbound Knitting. This time the colorway Stormy Skies was dyed on llama top. It was another that I didn’t quite get how it’d look when I spun it, especially since I’d only spun once before with llama.

nbkllamadet

As with the skein of NBK that I mentioned earlier in this post, I’m ready to blindly trust Lisa from Northbound Knitting with her dyeing inspirations. This colorway is a neutral that is 100% to-die-for.

nbkllama

It turned out to be a DK-ish weight and I got about 144yards of n-plied yarn. It feels substantial in my hand so it’s kind of hard to believe it’s only 144yards, but I counted the yardage twice and that’s all she wrote. I’m afraid it might make finding the “right” pattern a little difficult, but I’m confident it’s out there and I’ll find it. Eventually.

And last, but certainly not least, I have something completely different. After spinning a fair bit of neutral & tonal fibers, my June Fiber Club installment arrived from Cloudlover.

IMG_9964And I knew I had to spin it immediately.

cloudlover O'ahudetAnd I did.

I got about 345 yards of a roughly sport weight (maybe DK, I haven’t checked since washing) yarn in this BFL wool. It’s probably one of the most even, professional looking skeins I’ve ever spun and I’m most definitely going to go for socks with this yarn.

Cloudlover O'ahuIt’s so bright and fun. I foresee this yarn and the future socks I intend to make as a major pick-me-up in the dead of winter.

As you might expect, I’m going to be a little behind in sharing my week 3 spins, too, but they’ll be worth the wait. Some fun brights and firsts are in the works and I could not be happier with the progress I’ve made as a spinner during this Tour. Here’s the the Tour de Fleece for getting me inspired and motivated to finish strong!

13 responses to “TdF Week 2, Recap (belated)

  1. Love the spinning – again, I would like to do it again with a better wheel for me but wowzas two expensive hobbies? Whew. I can’t wait to see those socks! And the DK weight blue/beige would be awesome mittens!

  2. They are all lovely, but the Cloudlover is my favorite! I always leave your posts with inspiration.

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