As per usual, my daily progress is below. However, this year I am starting in the middle.
I had already started spinning a Corriedale roving from a local sheep farm. So it's not fair to take credit for this during the Tour de Fleece... 1 3/8 ounces of roving has already been spun as shown here...
2 1/2 ounces remain. Beginning below. :-)
Saturday, June 30
My tension was a bit wonky there on the left, but I got things back under control quickly. ;-)
Sunday, July 1
I started pre-drafting the roving today which I think helped me to spin faster, but I think also resulted in a thinner yarn. Regardless, I was able to finish the nearly 4 ounce ball of Corriedale this morning. :-)
This afternoon I wound off the bobbin onto my niddy noddy, counting the wraps (105). Moved the yarn to my swift, then wound half back to the niddy noddy (52 1/2 wraps).
Then wound both into cakes.
The one on the left looks smaller and in fact weighs a lot less... 1 3/4 ounces vs. 2 1/8 ounces. But I only ended up with about 5 inches of extra yarn from the larger cake. As I mentioned, I thought I was spinning a thinner yarn toward the end. Clearly, I was.
Somehow the bobbin is always more full as a 2-ply than it is as a single. :-)
I love the final yarn!
101 yards of Maplecroft Woolworks Corriedale - Medium Grey
3 7/8 ounces
~ 10 wpi (wraps per inch). Pretty close to what I was going for. Yay!
This may count as my most productive two days of spinning, ever.
Monday, July 2
On to alpaca today. :-)
I picked this Grade 1 Alpaca up at the Estes Park Wool Market last month. It's from Gentle Spirit Alpaca Farm in Wiggins. Which is a couple of hours east of us. I'm happy to note they that they used a mill in Palisade, near Grand Junction and home to some of the most amazing peaches. So this roving is completely Colorado made. That makes me pretty happy. :-)
This feels very slippery... especially after spinning Corriedale. So I'm taking it slow for now and am going for a thin single.
I only had about 10 minutes for spinning this morning, but I spun more than a 1/2 inch. So it counts. ;-)
Tuesday, July 3
Due to tomorrow's holiday my normal Tuesday evening activity was cancelled, so I had about 45 minutes available for spinning. :-)
By the way, I completely love this photo. The lighting is perfect. :-)
Thanks to today being a holiday and therefore a day off from my day job, I had several little pockets of time for spinning. :-)
Thursday, July 5
About 10 minutes before work started plus about an hour after the day was finished meant I was able to complete spinning the 2 ounces of Grade 1 Alpaca.
You can see how energized this single is.
The yarn had a good soak and wringing. I hung it out on the clothesline to dry, but then this happened...
A good soaking rain. Thank you to everyone who has been sending thoughts of rain our way. They say our Monsoon has now started. I sure hope they're right. :-)
I got the yarn inside right before the rain started, but it's still drying. So I'll get a finished photo out another time.
143.5 yards of Gentle Spirit Grade 1 Alpaca - Beige
Wiggins and Palisade, Colorado
~ 2 ounces
~ 20 wpi
If you want to see my (and the rest of the team's) real-time, actual daily progress then join us at the Team of Wonder on Ravelry. If not, I'll see you here next Friday. :-)
Happy Spinning and Happy Fiber Arts Friday.