TDF: The final wrapup

Ooops. I guess I fell off the wagon on posting progress. But I kept spinning and so did they. Yesterday the cyclists rode into Paris and another Tour de France was laid to rest.

This was only my second time participating in Tour de Fleece, and my first with a wheel. I’m pleased to report I spun quite a bit:

My goals for the Tour were fairly simple:

1. To spin a sweater quantity of yarn

2. To Navajo-ply (or chain ply) a full skein of yarn (previously I had just been practicing the technique on leftover singles.

As of Saturday, I had my sweater quantity of yarn. The fibers are all from beemiceelf and are Falkland, Superwash Merino and Merino/Silk.  The colors from top to bottom are Dark Red, Slate, Oyster, Black and Dazzleberry and in total I have ~1065 yards. I’m hoping for a stripey sweater with some black trim.

For my new technique, I decided I wanted to Navajo or chain ply a whole skein of yarn.  I also was aching to spin this beautiful braid from Maude & Me, called “Ooops I did it again.”  While the end result was a bit lumpy and bumpy, overall I’m pleased with it and ready to keep practicing.

I also attempted a few other projects this tour, but didn’t quite get to finish. You can see 2 bobbins of singles there, and I’m working on a third so I can try making a true 3-ply yarn.  I also tried spindle spinning an art batt, an experience I probably won’t repeat, but did enjoy learning more about.

Now it’s time to get back to the knitting!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christine
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 22:33:20

    Good for you!! The sweater collection looks lovely. I think it’ll be one that gets lots of wear AND is fun to knit as well! YAY!

    WOO HOO on navaho plying. I love it, but rarely do it.


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