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…

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…

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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!

 

In Review: June Cashmere

 “Do you want to try this cashmere?” is a question to which most knitters will immediately reply, “YES. Just, YES.” I am no different. I had read some good things about June Cashmere so when the opportunity arose to try out a yarn from them, I said, “YES. Just, YES.”

When my package arrived, I was immediately impressed.

june2And I dug right into reading about how the yarn wrapped in the light blue paper found its way to my hands. I was wowed by the images of Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz people, who are largely nomadic shepherds, from which this yarn originates. June Cashmere prides itself on purchasing directly from individual households who have actually combed the fiber, cutting out middle men and helping shepherds to get higher prices for their fibers.

From Krygyzstan, this fiber is transported to Belgium where it is scoured. It then travels to be dehaired in England and is spun in Scotland. From Scotland it makes its way to Maine where it is organically dyed.

juneAnd from Maine, it’s made it’s way to my hands. They talk in the literature about how Kyrgyzstan is “between East and West , along the legendary Silk Road” and I can’t help but think about this journey as the ‘Cashmere Road” that my yarn has traveled.

I selected the DK weight in the Mulberry colorway…

img_5019It’s a dusky lavender-y pink hue. I thought a lot about making a hat or a cowl, but after far too long being overly picky as I carefully scoured Ravelry for the pattern, I stumbled upon Bonnie Sennott of Blue Peninsula designs’ Fee-Bee Mitts and I knew I’d found it. Delicate and sweet, this design embodied what I saw in my sweet skein.

img_5063I love the detailed cuff which is simple, but elegant lace . It’s simple to work as the mitts are knit flat and then seamed.

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img_5069It took just a day to work these beauties up entirely and the seaming was quick and satisfying. These would be a fantastic little luxurious gift for a loved one and these likely will be as my daughter has of course already claimed them. Of course she has, right?

img_5071I found the yarn to have a wonderful depth of color and having had other cashmere yarns that have been prone to splitting, I used needles with blunter tips. I’m happy to report that it really was not an issue with this yarn though. This yarn knit like a dream.

img_5070All in all, I will definitely be keeping June Cashmere on my short list. It’s worth noting that they have a beautiful array of colors that are available in both DK and lace weight yarns as well as a nice variety of in-house patterns that highlight the elegance of this yarn. From the socially responsible harvesting of the yarn to the beauty of the finished product, I think this is a wonderful option available for hand knitters. Whether you’re purchasing a skein or two for your favorite knitter, treating yourself, or knitting for a friend, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with June Cashmere.