So. Many. Pretties.

Tour de Fleece 2018 finished a little less than 2 weeks ago, so I suppose I could be farther behind in sharing my final spins. Alas, I can share them in sparse detail because I’ve yet to properly measure and label them (of course), but I can wait no longer! Today is the day!

Let’s dive right in!

As a co-captain of Team Three Waters Farm, I spun exclusively Three Waters Farm fibers during the TdF. It seems appropriate that I first share the special Tour de Fleece inspired colorway and its companion tonal, both on Falkland and both spun as stand alone singles.

Racing Through Puddles…


And Race Splash…


Oh, humor me with a couple detail shots….


I think this one is just stunning!


And this is just a lovely thunderstorm-y blue.

I plied my Flying Home singles which I’d spun just before the start of the Tour de Fleece…


I chain-plied this 100% Corriedale and am considering using it for socks, so I plied with a higher twist for good measure.


The camera just does not do this one justice. It’s just a true beauty.

The bulk of my spinning was 2-ply worsted weight silk blend yarns destined, hopefully, for a Vivid blanket.

There was Mighty Incentive…


This on the Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk 40/40/20 base.


And then Living Color…


On a Polwarth/Tussah Silk 60/40 base.


And then there was Summer Heat…


Again, on that lush Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah Silk 40/40/20 base.


I want to say this one is my favorite with those pops of cool turquoise, but honestly, then I turn to the next color and think the same thing. So “favorite” is meaningless in this group!

Next was Cave at Hug Point…


This one is on the delicious BFL/Silk 75/25 base. I have a serious infatuation with spinning this base.


And then there was Reversal…


This one I got from a destash and is on a Merino/Tussah Silk 80/20 base.

And the last of this group, Gilded Complements…


This Polwarth/Silk 85/15 one was very stunning ever step of the way…

img_2276 And did not disappoint in the final yarn at all, of course

As I said, these are all in the worsted weight realm. They aren’t exactly identical, of course — I’m not that skilled, but I did use my control card religiously throughout each spin. I believe they’ll be close enough to work together for the blanket with only minor adjustments on my part. I’ve got a long way to go before I have the colorway variety I’m seeking, so I’ll just have to keep it up!

And finally, my July Top of the Month Club, Shade Tree Revival…


This is on a 100% BFL base and I chain-plied it, thinking that one day they might make some funky socks.


This turned out a smidge heavier than I’d have liked, but I was kind of winging the singles so the fact that it didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped is not really a surprise. I’ll adjust my gauge and it’ll knit up just fine. I’m not worried. In fact, I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I still have these 4oz of Still Water that I spun the singles for that are still waiting… ahem… to be wound off the bobbins…


Oh, I’ll get there one of these days!

I’m not sure my yardage total, but counting the Flying Home plying and the Still Water singles as a full 4oz spin (because, you know, for the work involved that’s accurate), that’s a full 40oz spun during Tour de Fleece 2018! It’s not a record for me, but it’s not half bad!


So. Many. Pretties.

Maybe the real reason I’ve been putting off posting this is it’s given me an excuse to keep this basket of beauties on my desk. Alas, they’ll be moved to my handspun shelf to make room for other work. Let’s hope there’s room over there!


23 thoughts on “So. Many. Pretties.”

  1. Very pretty! I love those wool/silk blends, they just are so wonderful to spin! I love every skein, and stand in awe at all you got done!

      1. I think that they are good at any weight. I spun that blue as a quite thick – certainly aran and maybe bulky – and it is SO soft and shimmery! I plan to knit a simple scarf with it for my stepbrother, but it will be really hard to part with it.

  2. MY OH MY OH MY! Such pretties. I say leave ’em on the desk – just don’t drool on anything important.

  3. Wow!
    My favourite must be Flying Home, together with the blue ones (I have a thing for blues and greens…)
    Well done on your hard working and beautiful results

      1. It has such a beautiful combination of earthy tones – greens from trees and grey/brown from soil, blues from water and sky. Just perfect!
        I look forward to seeing it into a knit item one day 🙂

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