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…

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And Race Splash…

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Oh, humor me with a couple detail shots….

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I think this one is just stunning!

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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…

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

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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…

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

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And then Living Color…

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On a Polwarth/Tussah Silk 60/40 base.

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And then there was Summer Heat…

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

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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…

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

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And then there was Reversal…

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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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!

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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!

 

Tour de Fleece 2018 – Week 1 Recap

This year my Tour de Fleece experience did not have the most auspicious beginning. After aiming to wake early, I actually woke up late after a fitful night of sleep. When I finally pried myself from the clutches of slumber, I found Mr. Knitting Sarah had set coffee out next to my wheel. Things were starting to look up! I started spinning and after a few minutes my drive band broke.

As I find is most helpful at times like this, rather than get upset over something as easy to fix as a broken drive band, I got up and walked away. I stretched a bit and had some breakfast and another cup of coffee. Then I tracked down my drive band belting and got to fixing it. Within 15minutes or so I was up and running again. Since then, despite some travel days for mini-vacations visiting family and all the stuff of playing cards and outdoors with my family, I’ve managed to spin a bit each morning and then again in the evening. Some days I make more time than others, but I thought since week 1 had come to a close I’d share my progress thus far. I’m a co-captain on Team Three Waters Farm, so fair warning all my spins for the TDF will be of the Three Waters Farm variety.

First, I began by finishing up the singles for my June Top of the Month Club, Flying Home.

 

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This I spun on my Jensen Tina 2 using my new hi-speed bobbin. It may be my favorite wheel set-up yet. Eventually I will circle back and chain ply this bobbin, but as it’s the Tour de Fleece, I hopped right on to my next round of singles…

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This is Mighty Incentive on a 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk base.

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I’m working toward a bigger project with most of these spins, so I am splitting them more or less the same. I’m dividing each braid into it’s 3 color repeats. Then each repeat I divide in half lengthwise. Of these 6 pieces, 3 I leave and spin as they are and the other 3 I divide further into 6 or so pieces. It should make for a nice, random barberpoling. I’m aiming for a worsted weight and am using my control cards religiously to do so, but overall the skeins may wind up a bit on the light side. On a whole, I’m just aiming to stay consistent across the board so as long as all the skeins for this project are roughly the same I should be in good shape.

Next in this project, I have Living Color on a 60/40 Polwarth/Silk base…

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Again, this is the same as Mighty Incentive…

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You can see both of these spins are held on metal rods. It’s because I’m letting them ride on-board my Tina 2 as I spin…

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This is a favorite feature of mine. They look pretty, allow me to reference these spins while I keep going and also it keeps my spinning area very nice and tidy instead of strewn with bobbins.

Upon finishing up Living Color, I turned to Summer Heat on that beloved 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk base…

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I am so into this one.

On my downstairs wheel, the Schacht Reeves, I’ve been working primarily on singles. I started with the Three Waters Farm Tour de Fleece 2018 inspired tonal coordinate, Race Splash

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And then went straight on to Racing through Puddles

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Both of these spins are on a 100% Falkland base which is dreamy. I’ve never really been that into Falkland, but this base has changed my tune! I’m still learning how to work within the bobbin constraints of my Schacht Reeves. When working worsted and bigger singles, I find it pretty impossible to fit a full 4oz braid on the bobbin. On Race Splash I filled up bobbin one has full as I could and then put the remaining on a second bobbin. On Racing through Puddles, I switched bobbins roughly at the halfway mark and I think it’s going to make for a more consistent yarn. We’ll see how that theory plays out when I wind off and finish these skeins!

Anyways…. after finishing up these two singles, I hemmed and hawed about what to spin next. I wanted something different than Summer Heat, but since I was in the worsted weight groove, I wanted something to fit in with my bigger scale project. I picked Cave at Hug Point or is it Hug at Cave Point? I confused this all the time in my mind, but I promise it is the former and this 75/25 BFL/Silk blend is beautiful.

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I love the muted colors — they feel brine-y, like an ocean lagoon to me and I am all in with it. I got through almost the entire first 2oz in just an hour or so last night and with any luck I will finish it up tonight.

My spindle spin is Still Water again on that 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk blend and it’s coming along, slowly, but surely…

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As spindle spins do in my world. After finishing my last spindle spin, I am totally into the long term commitment approach to a good spindle spin. If it takes a year, I’m A-OK with that, i’m just going to enjoy my stolen moments with it in my everyday life.

And that, my friends is it! Week 1 of Tour de Fleece 2018 is in the books! Time to get back to my Summer Heat spin before the day gets busy!