Sunday, 24 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 21


Here we are at the end of another Tour de Fleece. It's been brilliant getting back into the routine of more regular spinning and is something that I will try to continue now the Tour is done and dusted. I was asked to share the spinning journey of my most recent project. I am always amazed by the transformation from fibre to yarn and how different it can look between the two. A bit of fibre magic really! Here we go then, hang on to your hats!


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TDF fibre choice no 2 (2)

TDF day  16 (2)

TDF day 17 (1)

TDF day 19 (3)

TDF day 20 (1)

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TDF day 20 (3)

I split the original braid in half. One half I spun up exactly as it was and the other I split into lots of thinner strips. That way, I hoped that I'd get lots of barber-pole striping and it looks like I have! I think it will be fun to knit up. Now my next dilemma, what to spin next?! xxx

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 20


The penultimate day of this year's Tour. I started plying again first thing this morning ...


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and didn't stop until I couldn't squeeze another cm of yarn onto my bobbin! Satisfyingly plump and colourful. A real stonker of a bobbin!


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I love the colours; that surprises me because I am not usually an 'orange' person. I am thinking of an asymmetric shawl to try and use every little bit of yarn! I need to check yardage but I think it's around 400m. A soak tomorrow and then some more photos. xxx

Friday, 22 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 19


Plying has begun! I love the colour combinations very much and would like to treadle my way through the night!! More tomorrow! xxx


TDF day 19 (3)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 18


Awake at silly o'clock this morning, so finished spinning up the fibre. Just look at all those gorgeous colours! I am excited to see how it looks once it's plied. Come back tomorrow and see for yourself! xxx

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 17


More early morning spinning! It was unbearably hot and sticky last night and I woke early. Managed to spin a good chunk of the remaining fibre. I am impatient to see how it looks once it's been plied. Today was the last day of term, although I have an INSET day tomorrow, so I ought to have more spinning time from then on. xxx


TDF day 17 (2)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 16


Tour de Fleece day 16



Today is officially a rest day in the Tour, but as I missed spinning on Saturday, I'm playing catch up. I did a little spinning first thing this morning and carried on for a while this evening until Flo demanded my attention. I'm spinning this half of the braid without splitting it into thinner strips and am loving the longer runs of colour. Some amazing dyeing from Hedgehog Fibres. More tomorrow, I can't wait! xxx

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Tour de Fleece Day 15


After a pretty good night's sleep, I was awoken too early by Florence who proudly announced, with that all too familiar throaty meow, that she had a gift for us!! Luckily it turned out to be nothing more than a big moth!! After dozing a  little longer, I came downstairs and enjoyed the cool early morning air with the door to the garden wide open. Spinning accompanied by birdsong was a very peaceful way to start the day. I've spun the first half of the braid now so will start on bobbin two tomorrow. I'm not going to split this half at all, so I ought to get lots of colour variation when I ply. We'll see! xxx


TDF day 15