Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tour de Fleece, Day 2

Well, that wasn't quite the challenge we thought it would be.
Apparently we have learned a lot about spinning in the last year ~
what we thought would take quite a lot of time...didn't.

We took a 'spinning with Pygora' class at Blacksheep in 2007; I bought some of the soft stuff and felt that spinning this fiber to specific 'baby' weight would be a difficult challenge. But no. I was pretty much finished with it by 5 p.m on Day One. It will make a lovely pair of booties and maybe a baby hat. I may dye it first.
Getting started on foam insulation.
130 yards of 2-ply

Velda Mack (she of the Pinkity Pink Pink fiber Peggy used in her big Faroese Shawl) grabbed me on the way out the 2008 Blacksheep door, to say 'hi' and to show off this wonderful blend of 2/3 mohair and 1/3 silk ~ not exactly my style but after all, it WAS Velda, it was only $3.50/oz and it was a pretty color. $12.00 and 3.6 ounces later, I thought it was a fairly inexpensive way to say goodbye to Blacksheep.
Getting started on foam insulation
2 spools of singles
Done by 4:15p on Day Two
495 yards of 2-ply ~ enough for a little shawl.

'Plan B':
Peggy's cashmere, 2 oz.
Perhaps this will take awhile...
Getting started on a foam core.

Rebecca's 50/50 Yak Merino, 4 0z @ $4.45/oz
Plan: spin it finely enough to 3-ply it for socks.

We will try to update more frequently for the next few weeks than we usually do, because of Le Tour de Fleece. Apparently 'Plan B' just means spinning every day of Le Tour and grabbing the next fiber that catches our eye as soon as we finish one.


twinsetellen said...

All I can say is yum! The yarn is truly beautiful, and I can't wait to see what you get done tomorrow!

Melanie said...

Oh Jeez, you both spin beautifully! The skeins are gorgeous. Lovely, lovely!

Melinda said...

I was wondering how long it would take you when I saw the amounts of your initial Tour goals. Gorgeous yarn! I'm participating without really signing up, trying to wade through the pound of blue Reflection Farm wool (it's what I was spinning at St. Distaff's Day).

Melinda said...

How's the spinning going, ladies? I keep checking in. I'm making progress on my mountain of blue.