Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tour de Fleece 08... Day 3 and 4

Day 3... last night

Attempted to ply the singles from the brown/rust/blue silk cap I purchased from MA sheep and wool. I only managed to get a teeny bit plied.. it snapped twice on me and I had to splice it back together. It also kept tangling.. which resulted in the snapping. Finally it tangled so much i just couldn't take it anymore. It's being set aside for now. Maybe that will be my challenge fo the challenge day lol.

Day 4... tonight

Having given up temporarily on the silk cap singles, I rummaged through my stash to see what has been sitting for a while waiting to be spun. I unearthed a 4 oz ball of cormo/mohair fluffiness from Foxhill Farm that I had picked up at one the othe guild meetings. Its a gorgeous variegated purpley fiber and I had actually forgotten I had it. I set out to start spinning it. Pre-drafted a chunk of it and discovered it was a batt (or something) that had been pulled into a roving. .so fibers were all willy nilly and it was very fluffy. Wasn't expecting that, but no big deal. What bothered me was that as I spun it, I had difficulty keeping it as consistant as I wanted and there are some slubby spots. Not what I was going for, but it will make an interesting yarn. Also it feels like there is still some grease left in the wool and I am hating the way it feels on my hands. Kinda late to wash it now.. so I guess I will give it a nice hot soak when I am finished. Only got through maybe half an ounce tonight. I realized its after midnight and I have to be in to work by 7:30. Should probably quit for the night and head to bed so I have a chance at getting there on time haha. Will definitely work on the cormo/mohair more tomorrow and hopefully finish the singles. Thinking about making it a 2 ply.. not really sure yet.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tour de Fleece 2008

I've decided to join the group on ravelry and try this for the first time this year. I figure it'll give me the much needed motivation to get more spinning in.

I haven't been home since the weekend, thankfully I brought my spindles and some fiber with me so I was able to start on time with the tour. Can't say I've spun much so far though.

Day 1: Spun some more of the red/orange/purple batt from copperpot on my turkish spindle.
Day 2: Worked on some of the alpaca/sari silk batt from loop on my heavier bottom whorl spindle.
Day 3: Today.. haven't started yet and it's 10pm. Will get some spinning on the wheel done before bed. Will probably pop in season 2 of Angel and watch some of that for entertainment. Or season 1 of Gilmore Girls. Not sure yet.

No pics yet seeing as I have lent my camera to the bf. Gee that was fantastic timing.

I'm STILL working on my first pair of socks.. actually I'm still working on the first sock. I got overly ahead of myself and started decreasing for the toe. Finally decided to try it on. Found it to be way too short and had to rip back. Currently getting all the stitches back on the needles and continuing along my merry way. I am determined to finish the first sock by thursday's SnB meeting.