Friday, August 1, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday: Tour de Fleece 2014, part 4

It's the last Tour de Fleece post for this year.  I'm a little sad. :-(  I've had a whole lot of fun for the past several weeks and have had my most productive Tour ever.

Friday, July 25th

I received a surprise 1/4 ounce of raw cashmere in the mail a few days ago from an awesome shearing client.  I washed, picked, de-haired and carded it yesterday and spindled a bit today.  OMG, I love this stuff.  :-)

Also spun some of the silk from last week.

Saturday, July 26th

Only 5 minutes for spinning today.

Sunday, July 27th

One more eighth of silk.

I have 7/8 ounces to go.


I'm disappointed that I did not finish the green cotton.  But in reality, it will take 3 weeks of an hour each day to finish the singles. Then I have more cotton after this is finished that will be put together for an eventual weaving project.

I'm also a little disappointed that I did not finish the silk, but this was not on my To Do List at the start of this year's Tour.

I spun everything I put in the queue for this year's Tour de Fleece and some more.... I've never had such a productive year.  It's amazing how much one can do without having a Day Job to go to. ;-)

In the last few weeks, I've spun five total skeins and part of three others.

Romney Lamb + Alpaca (80/20):  3 7/8 ounces, 426 yards, staple ~3.5 inches
Charcoal Llama:  1 1/8 ounces, 99 yards, staple ~2.5 inches
Brown Llama:  1 1/8 ounces, 93 yards, staple ~3.5 inches
Llama + Bamboo:  2 ounces, 140 yards, staple ~3.75 inches
Homegrown Medium Silver-Grey Alpaca: 3 1/4 ounces, 172 yards, staple ~4 inches
Cinnamon Silk:  7/8 ounces, staple ~3 inches
Green Cotton:  1/2 ounce, staple ~0.5 inch
Cashmere:  1/4 ounces, staple ~1.5 inches

Which means I spun a total of 13 ounces and more than 930 yards... or just over a half-mile during the last few weeks.

top to bottom:
cotton, romney+alpaca, llama, llama, llama+bamboo,
alpaca, cotton, silk, cashmere

Because I think it's fun to see the different staples all together.... lined up in the order that I spun them.

As I mentioned above, the cotton is planned for an eventual weaving project.  The llama- and alpaca-based yarns are planned for a different eventual weaving project.

I have entered the 2-ply, home-grown, home-processed alpaca in the County Fair this week.  It will go into a knit hat once I spin another skein.

I've spun nearly every day since the Tour ended on Sunday, so hopefully I will be able to continue this momentum thru to next summer.

Happy Spinning and Happy Fiber Arts Friday.


MarmePurl said...

I love the staple chart. clever.
Good going on all that spinning K.
I will look forward to seeing them made up in various forms of fiber arts.

Voie de Vie said...

I'm with MarmiePurl, love the staple round-up. My favorite cotton is feeling a little unloved. Boo-hoo. :)

Good luck with your entry in the County Fair! I do really like your finished photo - a true study in neutrals.

WonderWhyGal said...

Good luck at the fair and keep up the spinning. Your fiber sampler photo is great! You played with different fibers, textures and staple lengths. Big kudos for challenging yourself.