Hi Everyone, Happy Fiber Arts Friday. Today I share part 3 of my Tour de Fleece. :-)
Friday, July 13
I was so excited about remembering to get my FAF post out this morning that I nearly forgot I was supposed to spin something. ;-)
So I squeezed in about 15 minutes of spinning time between the Day Job and Evening activities.
Saturday, July 14
I love Saturdays... This week I managed a leisurely morning at the Farmer's Market with Hubba and Lil' Miss Wonton, Farm Chores, Spinning and a Nap...
and another very energized single. :-)
109.5 yards of Camel+Merino - camel and white
Unknown origin - purchased at the Estes Park Wool Market from Your Daily Fiber
1 7/8 ounces
I then got a second wind. So I spun
and plied 1 ounce of Corriedale.
I plied using the inside and outside ends of the same cake again. I figured a little more practice wouldn't hurt. ;-)
This one is softer than the grey Corriedale that I started the Tour with.
17.5 yards of Corriedale - white
Unknown Origin - purchased at the Estes Park Wool Market
Sunday, July 15
Yesterday I stopped by Your Daily Fiber to pick up some Alpaca Roving since I was out of prepared alpaca and was wanting to spin more.
This is a Medium Rose Grey Alpaca blended with silk into a lovely pencil roving. I met the farmer while I was there. She has been breeding alpacas and llamas for 20 years. :-)
Monday, July 16
I finished spinning this morning. Nothing quite like a 2-ounce bump to make one feel very productive. ;-)
94 yards of Double K Diamond Alpaca+Silk - Silk Feathers
2 1/8 ounces
Tuesday, July 17 - Rest Day
Wednesday, July 18 - Challenge Day
I have a small stash of unusual fibers in cloud form. I've been nervous to spin them for fear of messing them up. So I thought this 1/4 ounce of Paco-Vicuna would be a good thing to try on Challenge Day.
I chose my wheel over my drop spindle because I figured the less things my hands have to do, the better. ;-)
This preparation wasn't skirted very well. There was a lot of vegetable matter, some second cuts and I found a couple bits of fleece that were definitely not blanket. It is also quite dirty so the color is dull.
The more time I spend thinking about it, the more I think this was raw Paco-Vicuna and not a cloud. There were some clumps of fiber that I think would have been opened up if the fiber had been through a picker... and frankly if it had been through a picker, I suspect there would have been less vegetable matter.
All that being said, I did make something that looks like yarn. :-) I plied it since the gauge was not consistent and the resulting 2-ply is very squishy. I think it will be nice as an accent on something... after a good bath. :-)
7.5 yards of raw Paco-Vicuna - Dark Fawn
Thursday, July 19
A different blend with the same Double K Diamond alpaca from earlier this week... Alpaca + Bamboo.
Only a few more days to go with this year's Tour de Fleece.
I hope you will head over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder today, since you know it is Fiber Arts Friday. :-)