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.
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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.