Don’t all faint at once, but there is evidence of fibre activity on the Windswept Acre.
1 – I finally sat down and completed my Lazy River roving.
It’s funny how I never really got into this spin – it never once spoke to my inner spinner and I was spinning the fibre only to clear it from the stash, and then I forgot I was spinning it with a backwards draw, and then I plied it the wrong way… and after all that, I love the yarn!
It’s not good yarn – as I said, it began life as a backwards draw single and finished it as a forwards draw one, and I totally forgot when I sat down to ply that the plan had been to chain ply it and keep the colour progression. It has lumps and bumps too. Yet, I do like it. It’s not washed yet, but here it is, ready for its bath.
Lazy River roving: 4 ounces Superwash Merino from Fibre Optic, via Etsy $15. Been in my stash since Feb 2009.
2 – Having achieved the plan to free my wheel for Tour de Fleece, I promptly sat down and began to spin again…
This is some of Ashford’s Silk Merino Sliver
The Merino sheep are well cared for and are not mulesed.
Colourway 106, Spice. This stuff spins like a dream and is always a pleasure to work with. I would like a bump or two in this shade, to make a sweater. This time I have set off with a semi-woollen spin and I hope to keep going that way. The fact that I need to free the wheel again for the Tour should help to keep my mind focused and my hands busy.
Here’s a quick question – should we stock this sliver? Both Gill and I love to spin it and cannot recommend it highly enough, but we’re a bit shy of stocking it and not being able to shift it.
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3 – I’ve grabbed some snaps of my Tour project fibre
North Ronaldsay roving, in three shades. The plan is to make a three ply, with one ply of each shade. I am aiming for an Aran weight and I hope to make a sweater of it.
There is a lot of it (I’m a big girl and require lots of covering) and it more than fills a crate:
How much I shall spin for the Tour, I cannot possibly guess…
4 – In the mail this week, good stuff from Katie at Hilltop Cloud.
I decided to spin silk hankies for the Tour Challenge Day. While I was buying them, I spotted some roving that looked as though it would pair well with the silk (assuming that I spin it successfully, that is.)
Both are quite lovely, though go together less well than I thought that they might. I shall reserve judgement on what to do with them until both are spun.
I shall need a lot of hand-cream on my hands before I can spin these hankies. More black in them than I thought, and also more brights in the pink and blue areas of the spectrum.
The camera is struggling to represent these colours – the braid is more purple than amethyst in fact. 40% Shetland 40%Merino and 20% Tussah Silk, hand blended by Katie – this stuff is airy and lofty and cloud-like. It will spin up very quickly, with no effort on my part. I almost want to tear that Spice sliver from my wheel and get stuck in!
5 – and if that were not enough fibre to be going on with, I have been in the kitchen, making good wholefoodie stuff.
Our Tour de Fleece team is a little thin. Why not join us? You can join as many teams as you wish, so what’s to lose? We’d love you to share your spinning with us.