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The Tour de Fleece Finals

It’s finally over.

I have spun a little under a mile and a half of yarn during the three weeks of the tour. My hands are dead and I have just about run out of spinning to do.

So! Here’s an update!

The plies of the Ashland Bay and Squoosh Fibers.

I didn’t spin the next day but got a knitpicks order for more than a pound of Wool of the Andes fiber.

6.1 oz of GORGEOUS Alpaca/Merino/Silk blend called Garden Party. It made 390 yards and I’m more than proud of it.

The next day I spent with the stove on; I dyed three rovings in blue and two in red. They spent a day in the bathroom drying and they’re only a little felty–nothing I can’t handle. It’ll make enough probably for a shawl and a cardigan, if I get really good soon.

I helped Murphy pack up her apartment in preparation to move in with her now fiance and she donated a very big chunk of clothes to goodwill and I took two knit sweaters, one of which became the sweater above. It was hideous and was knit with the yarn held double so I took it apart relatively easily and it’s now a single ply so I think I’ll have more than enough to make myself a sweater. I still have to separate the other two balls but I plan to have plenty to soak.

They haven’t taken a dip yet but I plan on doing that this weekend. I fully expect the yarns to sproing back to become something floofy that I will knit up eventually.

Since then I’ve been working on my clapotis- which is taking forever and I’m still mad at it- and I’ve been knitting…

The size 1 needle green sock. It is taking FOREVER but I’m finally almost up to the heel. I think I actually like these ones. No, I’m not addicted to socks; I can just appreciate them in the heat of this summer. That and they always fit in my purse.


one mile

The Tour de Fleece is still going on strong and I’m having a lot of spinnerly fun and I’ve hit the milestone of spinning a mile of yarn. That’s 1760 yards and I’ve beaten it by 10 yards. SO!

Day 9 was a pretty big spinning day for me. I spun the entire four-ounce roving of this soft Merino and I made it into a gradient. While mom and I watched Angels & Demons, I split it up into 16 piecesand started spinning it up by color gradient. I wound up with a very pretty looking yarn and I can’t wait to spin up something to show off the gradient.

George was my model for this one. He totally hammed it up that afternoon. The following day (day 10) I chain plied the singles at Knit Night and took a picture the following morning as the sun was coming up and I went to work.

I took the next couple days off because I had migraines and I was exhausted and I went to Port to visit The Chef and it was just a long couple days. I picked up the wheel on day 13 and spun up 2.2 oz of Pigeonroof Studios Superwash Corriedale.

The next day I spun up the other 2.2 and then did a 2-ply of the yarn. I am absolutely in love with the coloring. 

Day 14 was a great day. I spun up all four oz of Ashland Bay Colonial Merino in a blue base with greens, pinks, yellows, etc. and it’s pretty great. I finished all four ounces in four hours and I was extremely proud of my abilities. 

I then went to dinner and shopping with Mom and came home and spun up 2 ounces of Squoosh Fibers Superwash Merino in Everglades. It’s extremely soft and vibrant and I am loving it.

I would have spun up the rest of it tonight but I spent my day counting and then I went to see the new Harry Potter (uhm. Amazing!) and now I’m just plain tired so I won’t be spinning anymore.

Tomorrow I’ll be putting the wheel in the car for Knit night where we’ll freak out the muggles by spinning again. That, of course, is if I get out of work at a decent hour.


Days 1-8 of Tour de Fleece.

As a nice little catch-up:

Day 1 was a last ditch effort for spinning so I added more spin to the skein of Baby Alpaca I called Bagheera. I finished it quickly and ran out the door to Port Washington.

Day 2 was skipped because I was spending far too much time with my boyfriend. You understand, I’m sure.

Day 3 I spent with the Stitch n Bitch ladies hanging out, grilling out and spinning. Jenny also sold me a ton of roving.

I took it all out of the freezer and have since started spinning up a good chunk of it. I expect it to be gone by the end of the month and I’ll be in need of more by the end of the Tour. This conundrum doesn’t seem to faze me.

Day 4 featured me teaching myself how to chain ply and finishing off the four oz roving after fighting through the nepps and felty bits.

Day 5 meant I finished off the blue merino and started on some bare alpaca. I got ADD with this fiber  and plied it up before finishing the roving. It’s still in a bag on the floor waiting to be spun up. I can’t tell when it’ll get done.

Day 6 meant I could dive into the new stash of roving! I chain plied the alpaca, it’s scratchy… and I spun up all four oz of the Miss Babs Fiber (called Chocolate Roses) that I’m calling Mulled Wine.

I took day 7 off because I was deathly ill, had a Lia Sophia show that went until 10 so I didn’t get home until 11 and I was exhausted and feverish and wanted to just crawl under tons of quilts and go to sleep. So I did. I slept until my alarm went off, still had a fever, called into work and went back to sleep until my fever broke and I started being able to breathe.

Today, day 8, was awesome. I chain plied (I’m obsessed) the Miss Babs yarn, wound it on the swift, pulled it off to find it’s the most calm spinning I’ve ever done! Usually the yarn has a tendency to spring back on me and wind up but this one laid calmly and it was a miracle. It’s also so well spun and balanced that I just sat and stared at it for a while.

I then started spinning up some more from the stash. The purple mixture needed to be drafted so I could make a proper yarn, so I made it into 16 little balls of drafted roving, so it will make a gradient of light, medium and dark purples. I got to the point of the medium purple last night before getting too tired and the kittens wanted to sleep on me, so I stopped.

So that’s it! When I finally wake up, hopefully feeling better, I’ll finish spinning up the purple yarn and keep up my spinning mojo.


Le Tour de Fleece and a massive update

I finally have a moment to write and it’s not even going to be the best post I could write.

During most all of my free time I have been…not knitting. I’ve been in Port Washington with The Chef, having far too much fun and not even thinking about knitting until Sunday night when he watched a really gorey movie that gave me the willies. No good photographic evidence of us has surfaced as of yet (mostly because I took pictures when both of us were half asleep and it was still dark out. Soon, grasshoppers…soon. He’s a cutie though, so no worries.

I’ve also been avoiding my stash because I’m woefully uninspired by it. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of yarn and I love most of it, I just don’t want to knit anything from it. It’s quite the conundrum if I do say so.

Instead, I’ve become inspired (and obsessed) with cosplaying Amy Pond in The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang

For those of you who don’t know, Cosplay is Costume Play. It’s a nerd thing. Basically we dress up as our favorite characters and go to nerd conventions and have a blast. My friend Andy does an amazing Matt Smith Doctor and his girlfriend will be going as Idris; the Doctor’s Wife. I knit the Amy Pond scarf many moons ago and decided that I could totally pull off orange hair and go as Amy to GenCon this year in Indy. The Chef has just agreed to be my Roman Centurian Rory and I must say, I can’t wait to see him in that outfit looking all sexy and Roman-like.

Anyway– I had the scarf, jeans, black leather jacket and dark purple under-shirt. I needed the red hair, brown cowboy-esque boots, orange nail polish and the red fingerless gloves (with a full thumb) and light purple v-neck shirt.

I went to Target and magically found the orange nail polish and light purple shirt. I found the boots on and whimpered when I saw I’d have to fork out 60 bucks for a pair of boots that I’ve never tried on let alone seen in real life. I knit up one of the fingerless mitts in less than 10 hours and I’ve since started the second while waiting for work. I bought temporary orange hair-color-spray and I’ll be experimenting with it soon to get the perfect orange shade. I also bought red to mix with the orange in case it gets too traffic-coney.

I also cast on the mitts on Saturday before going to see Larry Crowne with Mom at the Majestic. The movie was awesome and I finished up to the thumb gusset (very long arms) on the mitts.

After a trip to Michael’s in Grafton with The Chef to get DPNs to finish the mitts, I finished the gusset and hand and set to figuring out how to make fingers on my own. It wasn’t too hard but created a lot of ends that needed weaving in.

The nail color is wrong, but that’s because it’s REALLY orange and I don’t bode well with orange nail color.

Once all that is done, I’ll have the outfit complete. I have a month.

I have also been knitting on two socks. One pair is on size 1 needles and one a pair on size 1 needles. Pictures to come

These socks are very slow going, mostly because I’m not totally invested in them and mostly because my mind is elsewhere.

Saturday also was the first day of the Tour de Fleece. The Tour de Fleece is simple: They spin, we spin and since I have a spinning wheel I’m participating as a rookie. I added more spin to my 100% baby alpaca on Saturday.

I took the day off Sunday because I was with The Chef and spent most of the afternoon spinning at Jenny’s house for our regular knit-night. I lugged my Kiwi out of the house, seat-belted it into the front seat and took it to her house for good food, good conversation and a bobbin of singles.

When spun, I imagine this single will be about a DK-Worsted weight.

Which it was.

Tonight I fought with the other half of the roving and I’ve decided not to buy from this particular vendor ever again because it’s felted and the top doesn’t have a specific direction so one of the ladies actually saw me having to pull hard on the roving so it’s really annoying to get this half to work.

Jenny also showed me her stash and offered me some roving because I’m poor and can’t find quality roving anywhere in Wisconsin unless I order it online so she opened her stores to me and destashed on me for a nominal fee and I made out really well with some seriously gorgeous roving!

They’re being put in the freezer because Jenny had a bout of moths recently and I’m killing them off just in case. They spent the past day in the freezer, then are currently sitting out in my kitchen and tomorrow, I’ll put them in the freezer again. I don’t think there’s going to be a problem, but I’m being safe nonetheless.

I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful 4th. I’m going to do my best to start blogging more often. Now that I have more blog-worthy items to talk about, I’ll hopefully get photographic evidence more often and get it published.