Tour de Fleece

Mystery wool singles yarn

Tour de Fleece usually comes and goes and I totally miss joining in.  This year, however, I am having loads of fun with it!  (This is a program for handspinners who spin as much fiber as they can during the Tour de France.  We join into teams and go for it, spinning on all the days the riders are competing, and see how much we can get accomplished.  I am on Team PortFiber, a group associated with a lovely fiber arts shop in Portland, Maine).

I have spent the first 6 days of the Tour spinning up some wool roving that is a “mystery” blend I bought from Jenny of Underhill Fibers.  It was a bit of a challenge, even for me!  The blue wool is a long staple sheep’s wool, and the white bits are fluffy little short bits.  So getting them to all spin up together was a little challenging, but fun.  I love the yarn – it’s bouncy, soft and light.  I don’t know what I will do with it, I only have about 532 yards, but perhaps it will make a nice woven scarf.  Who knows!  I can’t stop for long and think about it, I must get back to Touring the Fleece!

Finished 2 ply yarn

I still have a bit of work to do on my big production spinning wheel, however, before I get back to work. I was nearly finished plying the blue and white singles into a two ply, the wheel’s drive band frayed and jumped off the wheel. I was watching closely and playing chicken with it for that last short skein, and I lost :*<.   But, I hand plied what was left and it all came out just fine.

Anyhow, now on to some new spinning after getting a new band on that big wheel.  I can get going on my smaller traveling wheel, a Jensen Tina II, now if I want, and I just may do that and save the maintenance job for later.  I think I saw some camel/silk roving in my stash, and I also have a pound of a flax/wool roving that is going to be lots of fun.  I will have to let you know!

 

10 thoughts on “Tour de Fleece”

  1. Nice, Nina! Spinning a blend of different staple lengths can be tricky, but it looks great! You’re making me wish I’d done TDF this year!
    Barbara

  2. J & D > Just what we could imagine coming off our own wheels! We’ve just discovered that the WordPress Reader ‘Followed’ feed is not straightforward, but that there is a ‘filter’ the criteria for which are unknown. So we now know that various blogs that we follow have not given up posting, but are not being shown on our feed. We have enjoyed catching up on your posts since April, and are now wondering whether to subscribe by email (less convenient but more reliable).

  3. Oh my, I never realized that! I know I started following your blog through email notifications because the WordPress reader only shows one or two sentences or 1photo of your blog, then it looks like your post is finished. The only way I can see your whole post is by getting there through the link right to your page. It’s weird! Glad you were able to catch up! I have slowed down on my blogging, but plan to continue 🙂

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