Tour de Fleece 2015: Week 3 & Wrap-Up

This has been a big week in Chez Knitting Sarah and I have so much to share from outdoor adventures to knitting to spinning. I think the best place to start is the very beginning, with the end of the Tour de Fleece so that’s what I’ll tell you about today. I’m always a little sad and a little relieved to see the Tour end. I really love spending this time every year focused on my spinning, but since I do tend to push myself, by the end my body and mind are ready to shift back to more balanced days.

For me, like any good event, the third and final week of the Tour was filled with highs and lows. I’ll start with a huge high.

kai ranchThis little 124yd skein of 100% kid mohair from Kai Ranch may not look like anything to really get into a lather about aside from being a collection of really gorgeous blues, but this is my very first skein made completely with a spindle. I spun and plied it using my Snyder Spindles Turkish spindle.

kai ranch detDespite some reservations about plying from the inside & outside of the ‘turtle’, I really thought it was highly do-able — not as smooth as my tensioned lazy kate with my wheel, but really it wasn’t bad at all. I would definitely go this route again without hesitation. The only thing I might consider is getting a slightly heavier spindle for plying. My 1.3oz Turkish was a little light for the job and the very end was a little laborious. It got the job done, though, and the yarn turned out very lovely. My main hope was that I could develop some spindle skills so that my spinning would become a bit more mobile. I feel pretty confidant that I’ve got a strong start on that goal, not to mention a pretty little skein of beautiful blue mohair yarn.

Next up, I realized at the last minute that one of my goals was to spin at least 3 stand-alone singles and I had only spun 2, so on Saturday I whipped up a quick aran single in Spun Right Round Merino.

SRR Merino singleThis is a colorway called Color Play #83. I maybe got a little bit overzealous with the twist, but it’ll knit up just fine.

SRR Merisno single detAt about 164yds, I think this will make a fun, quick hat. I just love Spun Right Round’s palettes — they are always so bright and fun and just a total joy to spin. I have a couple knitting projects coming up with yarn from this shop, too, so I’m looking forward to lots of fun brights in my future.

And now, let’s talk about my low point of the TdF 2015.

I shared some photos on Instagram of spinning my Frabjous Fibers 3 Feet of Sheep Rainbow Merino…

IMG_0073After changing my mind multiple times on how to spin this fiber, I decided to spin one long single (connecting the singles on these two bobbins, of course), wind the singles into a center-pull ball, and ply them into a 2ply. I was thinking fun-giant-bright skein. I saved the plying for the final day of the Tour, letting the singles rest for a couple days in between, and planned to ply them in the morning and then my final skein in the afternoon. Well, the winding took some time and wasn’t what I’d call smooth. And then I started plying and it was going all right until this happened…

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(please note, this photo actually makes the issue look much smaller than it was)

I’ve learned that an episode of ‘yarn barf’ is bad when you are knitting, but it is a COMPLETE DISASTER when spinning. Not only do you have knots and messes, but the yarn is energized singles, so it is especially challenging to straighten out. Now I’m an extreme knot un-doer if ever there was one and I have what can only be described as superhuman patience for the task, but this was a total nightmare. The plying job that should have taken a few hours took me the entire day. The down side, of course, being that I didn’t get to plying my final skein until the following morning. The bright sides (yes, I’m counting 2 bright sides) being that 1) when all was said and done I only had to cut out about 5 or 6yards of unrecoverable yarn, and 2) this:

3ft sheep535yards of perfect fun/bright DK-ish weight yarn.

3ft sheep detThankfully, it’s not one of those skeins that I can’t see past the struggles to appreciate the beauty. This is one of those skeins that makes me feel like the time I put into making it work was all worth it.

 And last, but certainly not least, my yellow skein for the finish.

CL Elysium SW BFL wholeWhile it’s true that the plying of this skein took place the morning after the TdF was completed, in my mind I’m still counting it as part of the 2015 Tour de Fleece. The singles were spun during the TdF proper and — I don’t know — it just felt like my victory lap after the previous day’s plying debacle.

CL Elysium SW BFLThis skein was spun from Cloudlover SW BFL in the Elysium colorway and I managed about 290yds of a sport weight yarn. It has epic drape and just a truly beautiful, rich yellow/gold hue. I can’t wait to hunt up the perfect quick little pattern for this skein. I am pretty happy to have spun a number of skeins with BFL this Tour because it reminds me what a fantastic fiber it is to spin. This SW BFL from Cloudlover is definitely as fine as they come, too.

So, that is how my Tour de Fleece 2015 ended. I managed to achieve my goals — my girl got a little spindling in, I spindled a bit daily (and even finished that skein!), and I managed 3 stand-alone singles. I never really pay attention to big picture yardage or number of skeins while I’m spinning because my focus remains wholly on making each skein the best I can, but because I’m a nerd I did some tallying this morning.

For the 2015 Tour de Fleece I spun:

– 54oz of fiber –

– roughly 6395 yards of singles –

 – 3263 yards of finished yarn –

 – which take the form of 13 new skeins of handspun –

allskeins23I’m pretty happy with that.

Many thanks to Cloudlover for hosting the team and my insanely talented teammates!

So long TdF 2015, here’s to TdF 2016!

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.

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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.

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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!

TdF: Week 1 Recap

The first week of the Tour de Fleece has absolutely flown by. Way back the on the 4th I actually started the Tour at home and then traveled up to my parents’ house for a couple days of fireworks & fishing. Of course, I brought my wheel and more fiber than I had any hope of spinning. I don’t often travel with my wheel, but when I do I tend to fuss about it more than I would a newborn baby. Is it getting jostled too much? Is it packed well enough that it can’t slide around? Is that hinge stressed? One day I will just suck it up and purchase the nice carrying case from The Woolery, but I don’t because it always seems like a lot to spend unless I traveled with it more. The irony being, of course, that I would travel more with it if I had the case, but whatever — I’ll just be a nervous nelly for the foreseeable future and that’s that.

In any case, I spun a lot this week. I am the first to admit that I make a lot of time for spinning during the TdF and I’m thankful that my family takes it in stride. I don’t ask for much time away or time to myself, so I appreciate that during these weeks they let me spin my little heart out. So, would you like to see what I’ve been spinning? I just took the beauty shots of my finished skeins, so here we go!

Since I’m co-captaining Team Cloudlover this year, I thought it only fitting that I start with a braid of Cloudlover fiber.

ariadne This is 100% Targhee in the Ariadne colorway.

ariadne detIt’s about 140yards of worsted/aran singles which I felted lightly when I washed and set it. One of my goals was to spin more singles this TdF and I have to say that I’m already definitely gaining confidence in that realm. I still spin them painfully slow, but I like how they’re turning out so I’ll be patient on the speed front there.

Next, I started a braid of Malabrigo Nube, but had to press pause for the travels up to my parents’ house — it was a plying head vs regular head situation because I didn’t want to travel with both. So I started in on a braid of Cloudlover Apple Picking in Rambouillet.

apple picking detI did a standard 2-ply and it turned out really, just lovely.

apple pickingI used an Andean plying bracelet to use every last bit of the singles and wound up with about 335yards of a heavy fingering or sport weight yarn.

Next, I wanted something nice and quick, so I grabbed a braid of merino from Spun Right Round in the Rock Lobster colorway.

rock lobsterAnd I spun it into about 72yards of a chunky standard 2-ply that is the bright, squishy, soft skein I’ve come to love making with Spun Right Round merino.

All the while, of course, I’ve been spinning bits and bobs with my spindles.

spindlesI have so much to learn, but the spindle is definitely growing on me. I do finally have the hang of my my very basic Schacht — after only 3 or 4 years — lol! And I really love my new Turkish Spindle from Snyder Spindles, as well.

Taking s bit of s break this morning to play with this new tool that arrived yesterday. #snyderspindles #narwhal #narhwalspindle #handspinning #spinnersofinstagram #spinstagram #TDF2015

 It feels very well balanced and I just love the narwhal motif. I must say, I can sense a slippery slope with spindles. I find myself really interested in trying a Turtle Made spindle, too. They are very popular in my TdF team and have very good word of mouth. I think the reason I’m most intrigued is they are made with a 3D printer. Normally I am one to stick with non-plastics, but I’m really interested in seeing how they feel in comparison to wood. Plus, you can pick from a wide variety of colors which is great fun.
That is for another day, though, as I had to spend a bit for some oil for my wheel. I have done shockingly little as far as maintenance goes with my wheel, but it’s been squeaking a bit lately so I called the folks at The Woolery for advice on routine maintenance. They were incredibly nice and helpful in describing exactly what I needed to do and the oil they recommended using. While I was at it, I ordered some new drive bands, too. I’ve been using the same ones since I purchased my wheel and I think it’s about time to change them out. Yes, a new spindle is going to have to wait, but it’ll be worth it to have my wheel back in top-notch shape.
Back to the yarn though, right?
queensteaI got about 250yards of roughly sport weight yarn.
queenstea detI highly recommend the fawn shetland base for this colorway. I think it lends itself very nicely to the blacks and browns that make up Queen’s Tea. I don’t do a ton with Earth tones usually, but this skein has made it clear that I definitely need to incorporate more of these browns and blacks and greys into my spinning.
And last but not least, that Malabrigo Nube in the Archangel colorway. Credit where credit is due, I completely copy-catted Lolly of lollyknits here. I was so captivated by her handspun Hitchhiker (which you can see and read all about here) that I decided to try my hand at spinning up a lightweight single. Even though I’m so not great with the lightweight singles, she had done such a lovely job that I just had to try.
archangel not detI am really, really, really happy with the results — about 490yards of heavy fingering weight yarn. In the past I’d really had a rough time with some Malabrigo Nube I purchased when it first came out. I was gifted another braid and kind of avoided it for a while because of the first encounter. After some research and discussion in a couple forums, though, I learned that the first batches of Nube wound up getting really compressed and many spinners had a rough time with them, so I was not alone. Clearly I’m very spoiled with the dyers that I use because this braid still required more pre-drafting than I’m used to, but it was much easier than my first foray in spinning this fiber and I’m very happy about that. I would definitely spin with Malabrigo Nube again after this experience — music to my ears because as we all know Malabrigo does amazing things with color.
archangelAnyhoo, as with my heavier singles yarn, I lightly felted this skein when I set it and the resulting yarn is really beautiful. I am so very pleased. Mine will most likely not be a Hitchhiker like Lolly’s, but I’m so grateful to her for the inspiration. Honestly, I didn’t know I could spin a lightweight singles yarn. It goes to show, you really never know unless you try!
I’m already back at filling my bobbins — I can’t wait to see what inspirations and lessons await in week 2 of the Tour de Fleece!

Spin!

My daughter woke up this morning and went on to explain that during the Tour de Fleece I really should start waking up a couple hours earlier than normal so that I can get in extra spinning time. She was very matter-of-fact about it, as if I hadn’t thought of that and I really needed some provocation and coaching. Of course, she knows as well as anyone in my family that I’m not exactly a morning person. I’m also not a night owl. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find me rather ornery upon waking and just being falling asleep. My husband is fond of saying, “You’re more of a middle-of-the-day kind of person, especially if you get a nap.” All joking aside, I do function in better spirits on a solid night’s sleep and although the idea of waking early to start the Tour de Fleece did cross my mind, I awoke at the respectable yet not crazy hour of 6am and got straight to it (after 10minutes of Moose snuggles).

As I said yesterday, I started with some Cloudlover Targhee in the Ariadne colorway.

IMG_9871I finished in a couple hours and I’m happy to say that so far it was the easiest time I’ve had spinning a single

With one project resting, but complete and feeling a wee bit empowered by how the Cloudlover single turned out, I opted to go straight into another single…

IMG_9874With a braid of Malabrigo Nube in the Archangel colorway. Totally inspired by Lolly of the lollyknits blog, I am attempting to do a lightweight single. I’ve never done a single lighter than worsted weight, so this is a bit of a leap of faith for me. I figure if it doesn’t work out, I can probably always ply it.

Unfortunately I’m starting this Tour off with already very dry hands. I’ve no shortage of lotion bars, thank goodness, and yesterday in the mail I got a brand new one for review…

IMG_9869I’ll be taking this lavender & rosemary Love + Leche bar through its paces. I’ll report back with my thought in a week or so.

Well, that’s the start of my Tour de Fleece — back to the wheel before some family holiday celebrations later this evening!

Ready, Set…

With the Tour de Fleece kicking off tomorrow, I promised to share the tools I’ve gathered together so that I’m all set to go.

full imageI’ll start by pointing out the empty bobbin — of course, it’s one of those that I talked about yesterday. Let’s just let that represent my wheel, a Lendrum DT, because unfortunately I need to mow the lawn more than I need to set up a pretty picture of my spinning wheel. Contrary to popular belief, I do a lot of things that aren’t knitting & spinning and mowing the lawn is one of the more unfortunate things on that to-do list.

booksAside from my wheel, I pulled out a couple titles from my bookshelf — Start Spinning by Maggie Casey and The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning. In an effort to learn some of the technical terms used in spinning, I’m attempting to read up a bit. I’ll also be using Sarah Anderson’s The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs once I get going. Anderson’s book is phenomenal for any skill level of spinner and really is an indispensable addition to my library, but it’s also an excellent title for a spinner who is past the beginner stage and interested in getting a bit more creative and adventurous in their yarn design.

wpiNext, I grabbed by Ashford Yarn Gauge. This tool lets me measure wraps per inch so I can check consistency or just help judge yarn weight when a skein is done. I really love this gauge perhaps because I found the first one I had — one where you roll the yarn onto a dowel-type thing — really difficult to use. The Ashford tool has been trouble-free and very accurate and I’d highly recommend it to anyone in need.

tagsOf course, I can’t make yarn without my trusty marking tags. There are tons are very cute printable yarn tags out there, but a few years ago at a TNNA class these were on the materials list so we could mark our sample skeins. They are super generic & boring, but they are also cheap & easy and I’ve used them ever since. I mark essential yarn info on the tag when I skein my new yarn and then as soon as the skein is set & dry I pop the tag on. If I decide to give a skein as a gift I make a nicer tag, but for hanging out in my stash these plain tags do the trick.

cloudloverMy first spin? The plan is to kickoff the Tour with this 4oz braid of Cloudlover Targhee in the Ariadne colorway. I love targhee and this is a really pretty red. I’m tentatively thinking a nice fluffy single is the way I want to go. I’ve been knitting with a handspun single lately and I really love it, so I kind of want to make more. It’s worth mentioning that this colorway is currently still available in the Cloudlover shop and don’t forget there’s a coupon code to help us stock up for the Tour. If you like this fiber, it’s a great chance to pick it up!

spindleWell, and then this happened. I really never learned how to spin on a spindle. I tried and was terrible and then I got a wheel and never tried the spindle again. Until yesterday. It’s been on my bucket list (I don’t really have a bucket list, but you know what I mean) of skills to learn so yesterday morning after breakfast I went downstairs and dug out my Scacht 1.1oz Hi-Lo Drop Spindle and some pretty Wild Hare Fiber Studio fiber that I’ve had in my stash almost as long as I’ve owned my wheel and I went at it. To my surprise, it wasn’t too bad. I quickly learned that I needed to reverse which hand was doing what. The only instruction I’ve ever had was from someone who spun with a dominant right hand and when I spin my left hand is dominant. Switching that up helped immediately and immensely!

Mr Knitting Sarah had a bit of heyday laughing at and teasing me because apparently the cross-eyed concentration that using the drop spindle currently requires is hilarious and makes me look super special, but I’m kind of surprised to admit that despite it all I actually really enjoy spindling. I’m definitely not as skilled with it as I am with my wheel, but I see potential. So much so, that I went ahead an ordered another spindle. I like the one I have, but I kind of wanted to see if I could get something that would spin a bit longer (although I think part of that issue is me, now that I’ve had a bit more practice). More importantly, my daughter really wanted to try and I really didn’t want us tripping over each other during the TdF. Spinning together, sure, but not sharing a spindle.

I asked a few questions in the Team Cloudlover 2015 Ravelry thread and got some really helpful advice & recommendations. Originally I was interested in trying something a little lighter, but ultimately I decided instead to try a Turkish spindle of similar weight. The idea that I’d be spinning a yarn ball that was ready-to-go was extremely interesting to me and I thought changing the weight and style might be a lot all at once for me as a beginner. I ordered this one from the highly recommend Snyder Spindles.

Narwhal Turkish Drop Spindle 5 inch arms 9 inches tall
Photo from the Snyder Spindles Etsy Shop

Plus, narwhals! Who doesn’t love narwhals?! It doesn’t hurt that these are made just about a half hour away from my house — always nice to support local artisans! I really want to try the 0.7oz Indigo Steampunk Top Whorl as they get excellent reviews, but could only budget for one right now. Next time!

In any case, when the narwhals arrive, I plan to try out this mohair…

mohairIt may prove to be too tough for me to spin on the spindle, but I’ll give it a go and see how I do. I can always save it for the wheel and choose something else for the spindle.

Also not individually photographed in this post is my niddy-noddy. I have a Kromski 72″ niddy-noddy with mahogany finish. I have it because it was the only non-mini-skein niddy-noddy in the shop when I bought my wheel. Seriously. I don’t have much to say about it other than it works great and looks way fancier than most of my furniture.

Tools all set, what about goals for the Tour de Fleece 2015?

1) I’d love to get my daughter spinning with me. She’s kind of luke warm after day one, but I did some youtube investigations and am hoping to get her going with some better ideas as to how to present spinning to beginners. We shall see as it’ll be up to her, of course, but I’ll do my part to make it available to her.

2) Spindle a bit everyday. I’m not looking to move mountains with my spindling, but I think a bit everyday will go a long way toward gaining competency.

3) Spin at least 3 stand-alone singles. As I said earlier, I really love the handspun single I’ve been knitting with recently and would like to make some more.

Is there anything you’d be interested to see me try? I’d like to know! Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below! No guarantees, but I’m always up for a challenge!

Well, I’m all set to go I think. Ready… Set…

Empty Bobbins & Fresh Yarn

After my wheel, probably the best investment I’ve made in spinning was acquiring extra bobbins. I got my wheel in October of 2011 and when my birthday rolled around that December, I used birthday monies to stock up on bobbins.

bobbinsAs you can see, I have a small fleet! It may look like overkill and honestly it may be, but I do have what I think is a really good reason for having this many bobbins. My Lendrum DT has a plying head & flyer that I really like using — you guessed it — to ply. I like the speed of this flyer and I love the fact that the jumbo bobbins easily hold most of the skeins I spin. The thing is, most of my singles that I wish to ply are spun with the regular or fast flyer which requires the regular head. Have I lost you yet with all these heads and flyers and what not?

What I’m getting at here is that when I go to ply I’m changing out the head on my spinning wheel. It’s no big deal as it’s really a simple procedure and the ability to make this change is a big reason I bought my wheel, but having extra bobbins means I can spin a lot more singles before I switch things out to plying mode. This gives my singles time to rest in between plying without forcing me to press pause on my spinning and it also alleviates some wear & tear on my wheel with switching those heads. In practice what this means is that with my 7 regular bobbins I can spin at least 3-4 projects that each involve 4-8oz singles (the bulk of what I do these days). Likewise, then I can ply all those projects in a row, too, although with only two jumbo bobbins I do have to pause to skein my yarn every 2 projects. I am usually too excited to check out the final yarns after they’re plied, so as yet I haven’t felt the need to pick up more than 2 jumbo bobbins. Someday, I probably will. In any case, in addition to being a bit more efficient and easier on my wheel, I think this process allows me to create better yarn because I’m not constantly switching gears between singles and plying.

Knowing all this, as you can imagine a big part of my Tour de Fleece prep involves clearing off my bobbins so that I am all set for a fresh start come Saturday. Of course, this has resulted in some finished yarn — hooray!

The first yarn I will share is spun from fiber I purchased for my birthday last year, Sweet Georgia Polwarth + Silk in the Stormchaser colorway.

IMG_7579I wanted to blend all those white patches in as best as I could, so I broke this braid up into a lot of pieces to spin the singles…

IMG_9494And then I n-plied.

IMG_9829I know I sacrifice a lot of yardage for the n-ply, but I really love how a good 3-ply is a nice round yarn and when the colors are already broken up, there is minimal pooling.

The resulting yarn is about 260yards of sport/DK weight yarn.

sgstormchaserI adore the colors.

sgstormchaserdetThe plying isn’t my best work, but without a doubt it’ll knit up nicely. I’m going to be trying to knit up my handspun a bit more in the coming months (hopefully), so I’ll be on the lookout for a nice cowl or shawlette to knit this skein into.

My second finished skein you’ll probably be familiar with as it’s my most recent spin.

IMG_9746My daughter picked out this 8oz blend of  Fuschia 80/20 merino/silk from Louet on the way home from vacation and not only requested liked the fiber, but asked if she could knit the yarn I spin with it. There was a zero percent chance that I could say no to that… even if it meant spinning 8oz of hot pink.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s really pretty and fiber was really a joy to spin, but holy cow…

IMG_9819that was a lot of pink.

This skein I also n-plied.

IMG_9834Partly because I was on a roll, partly because I thought a round, bouncy yarn would be more fun for my daughter to knit.

I have to admit that the finished skein is pretty much the closest my handspinning has come to looking like a commercial skein.

louet hot pinkIt turned out to be about 320yards of roughly worsted weight yarn.

louet hot pink detAnd it just turned out so well. I’m really proud of this one and ridiculously impressed with myself. My daughter is very excited about it, too. I am, however, playing the mean mom card in that she has to finish her current knitting project (at cowl for my mom) before she can start using this yarn.

Along with some fantastic fresh yarns, I’ve also reached my pre-Tour de Fleece empty bobbin goal. Tomorrow I’ll get my nerd on and share the tools I’ve gathered in preparation for the big event as well as the first fibers I plan to spin. Oh, the possibilities that lie ahead!