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7.2 oz. of mixed fibers and colorways shown here. I added another colorway, Posy Targhee, since taking that photo, since I wanted that shot of red/orange, which means there is probably enough fiber for 2 more bobbins like this.

 

I'm tired of this already. Too much Merino.

7000 yards of singles.

5000 yards of plying.

2 lbs of yarn.

 

This is a combo of Ore Finn and Crag Corriedale, leftovers from some colorways from an update. I just split them into long strips and spun one strip of Ore, then one of Crag, for both bobbins. I'll ply them together.

corespun art yarns-

both from LOOP fiber

a little spinning out back by one of the ponds

after a day of skiing, swimming, and fishing.

How's that for crazypants yarn?

 

worsted weight 2 ply

1.01 lb., 982 yards unwashed

  

a full pound of mixed undyed BFL.

Funky Carolina Mixed BFL - Eegads

This is Southern Cross Fibre superwash Merino in the "Cairns" colorway. FREAKING GORGEOUS.

 

I've got 4 oz. on the bobbin, spun from the end of top I split down the middle lengthwise. I'll split the other 4 oz. underneath a bunch of times lengthwise, spin 'em, and ply those singles with the first bobbin. Should have fun stripes that way.

After 2 days gutting the kitchen, I got back to spinning last night. We watched The Wolfman, which even Benicio Del Toro, with his bedroom eyes, and Anthony Hopkins, who rocks his Victorian clothing, could not save. The bad dialogue! The lack of suspense and a character to actually root for! The other problems too numerous to mention! Boo. If you want to see an amazing movie, watch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

 

I ditched the rest of the Merino and stuck to the more fun fibers for this bobbin. The Surly Falklands makes amazing singles. If I had more, I'd spin it to leave as singles.

I've joined Team Hello Yarn.

 

I'll be spinning a mix of Spunky Eclectic,. Southern Cross Fibre, and Hello Yarn fibers.

For those days of the tour that I am on the road without my wheel - 15 minutes a day!!

This is a combo of Ore Finn and Crag Corriedale, leftovers from some colorways from an update. I just split them into long strips and spun one strip of Ore, then one of Crag, for both bobbins.

 

2 ply worsted weight

540 yards unwashed

9.5 oz.

 

This photo does not do the colors justice, sadly.

1.113 lbs (505 grams) / 1305 yards of 2ply handspun

(+ 13 grams of singles and 7 grams of 3 ply )

 

mostly spun and plied out-of-doors: on the porch, by the pond, in the yard, by the campfire, at river's edge, in the woods, or in the brewery and with the knitters at the saloon.

 

more importantly, my goal, was (mostly) achieved:

 

"will try to spin, ride, or both, each day. if not ride, then hike, paddle, ski, or swim."

 

summer is SHORT and GLORIOUS in this part of the world, we're all working a lot these days, and our children are growing up.

 

the point was to get out every day and enjoy the world around us, either by myself or together with my husband and two boys (and my parents during their visit), to say YES when an opportunity arose to go camping or rafting or fishing or SKIING, or to drop everything in the midst of these busy but LONG summer days for a quick dip in the lake or a lazy bike ride down the road to the creek.

 

yes, it has been exhausting at times

but summer slips by all too fast.

The rest of yesterday's spinning, with 15 minutes upon waking this morning. There are about 1.75 oz on the spindle now, which means I'm setting some kind of personal speed record here. This fiber practically sucks itself into the drafting zone and onto the spindle - it is absolutely dreamy! My first time spinning falklands wool but it won't be my last. Adrian and David, you guys dye some mighty nice colors, let me tell you. Watching them build on the cop is delightful. I can't wait to ply!

My Tour de Fleece spinning

 

Top row: Arachne, Surf and Sun, Turquiose and Coral;

2nd row: Oxidized Purple;

3rd row: King Tut, Taos, Surprise Box;

4th row: Geode, Dawn, Rose Copper

15 oz. of singles waiting to be plied into a 2 ply patchwork yarn. I can't wait to get plying!

the day went nothing as planned. it almost never does.

 

phone tag with the surgeon.

day trip thwarted, postponed for a day.

more spinning took place than expected.

an impromptu lesson in backing up a trailer.

unexpected town errands.

two boys "borrowed" for the day.

mud fights in the ponds

followed by a hosing down and hot showers.

water balloons on the trampoline.

a coconut and a machete.

watermelon and cookies and ice cream.

cheater lemonade* with a splash of raspberry vinegar.

(diane, thank you!)

another, this time spiked, out on the porch with the birthday girl.

camper curtain sewing.

late evening spinning at the saloon with the knitters.

short bike ride with e to feed the neighbor dog & cat.

 

* cheater lemonade: 16 ounce jar santa cruz organic pure lemon juice, 2 cups granulated sugar (the organic unbleached coscto stuff), 16 cups water. stir, chill, drink.

Fashion for Blythe by style4doll.

Hat and Scarf made handspun wool yarn.

The spindle made by me.

My Tour de Fleece spinning project: 450 grams superwash merino. The result: 400 grams 3-plied yarn + some leftovers.

Last night I wound a ball of 2 oz singles I finished yesterday and started a new cop. Spend 15 minutes spinning this morning so have met my goal for the day, but I may spin some more later tonight. Tour de Fleece has definitely kicked off a spinning phase for me!

I've joined Team Hello Yarn.

 

I'll be spinning a mix of Spunky Eclectic,. Southern Cross Fibre, and Hello Yarn fibers.

1.113 lbs (505 grams) / 1305 yards of 2ply handspun

(+ 13 grams of singles and 7 grams of 3 ply )

 

mostly spun and plied out-of-doors: on the porch, by the pond, in the yard, by the campfire, at river's edge, in the woods, or in the brewery and with the knitters at the saloon.

 

more importantly, my goal, was (mostly) achieved:

 

"will try to spin, ride, or both, each day. if not ride, then hike, paddle, ski, or swim."

 

summer is SHORT and GLORIOUS in this part of the world, we're all working a lot these days, and our children are growing up.

 

the point was to get out every day and enjoy the world around us, either by myself or together with my husband and two boys (and my parents during their visit), to say YES when an opportunity arose to go camping or fishing or rafting or SKIING, or to drop everything in the midst of these busy but LONG summer days for a quick dip in the lake or a lazy bike ride down the road to the creek.

 

yes, it has been exhausting at times

but summer slips by all too fast.

322 yards of 2 ply / 117 grams

78 yards of single ply / 13 grams

 

the door knocker, a recent thrift shop find, marked 1969 on the back, my birth year.

plastic toy doggie found out in the tall grass beyond the edge of the yard while gathering a bouquet of flowers this evening.

my wheel tucked away in the trailer during the day while we float the river

 

adrian's "black on holiday" bfl

my first hello yarn fiber

romeldale mama (brownie) and her lamb (toffee)'s wool mixed together.

likely my only contribution to tour de fleece '13.

summer visitors arrive tomorrow.

Here's everything I spun this year!

7 pounds, 9 ounces!

My estimates have it around 6870 yards.

 

ETA: About 14, 460 yards pre-plying. YIKES!

  

Here are the eight yarns I spun during the second week of the Tour de Fleece, 2007. From left to right: three mini-skeins of pure silk, volcano, canterbury junior, rosebleed, I see you and July in the Alps.

tour de fleece on a lark spindle.

spinning in the shade

waiting to get in the raft and float another day,

dowstream,

to the bakery.

I plyed the sluby spun single with some left over other singles. All the leftovers are gone but there is still sluby single left.

 

It is happy art yarn.

tour de fleece 2013

when we first opened the brewery and taproom, almost a year ago now, i thought there would be plenty of time out there to fill, spinning and knitting, waiting for customers to wander in from time to time.

was i wrong!

 

this is the first time i've taken the opportunity, just for the fun of it, after finishing my thursday shift serving behind the taps.

 

the rest of the day was spent packing, packing, and packing for a camping trip, and the only bike riding i did was back and forth between house and brewery and to put out the open sign at the end of the driveway.

the rails to trails fundraiser started at the park by the river in town where cross country cyclists camp all through the summertime, heading north, south, east, or west.

 

i love meeting folks from all over the country and world every summer as they pass through our town. so far this year, i've met a mother and daughter from new hampshire, an older gentleman from maine, a couple from the netherlands, a man from colorado, and an older couple from only an hour south of here doing a shorter loop.

1.113 lbs (505 grams) / 1305 yards of 2ply handspun

(+ 13 grams of singles and 7 grams of 3 ply )

 

mostly spun and plied out-of-doors: on the porch, by the pond, in the yard, by the campfire, at river's edge, in the woods, or in the brewery and with the knitters at the saloon.

 

more importantly, my goal, was (mostly) achieved:

 

"will try to spin, ride, or both, each day. if not ride, then hike, paddle, ski, or swim."

 

summer is SHORT and GLORIOUS in this part of the world, we're working a lot these days, and our children are growing up.

 

the point was to get out every day and enjoy the world around us, either by myself or together with my husband and two boys (and my parents during their visit), to say YES when an opportunity arose to go camping or fishing rafting or SKIING, or to drop everything in the midst of these busy but LONG summer days for a quick dip in the lake or a lazy bike ride down the road to the creek.

 

yes, it has been exhausting at times

but summer slips by all to fast.

15 minute a day commitment

I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece again this year, which runs the duration of the Tour de France. Last year I spun up an epic 7 lbs, 9 oz, so I am trying to plan my goals for this year appropriately.

 

I'd like to mix it up bit - spin for a sweater, maybe some lace, maybe a color progression, some singles? But I have also been trying to spin more with a PURPOSE and a plan for the yarn - spinning with intent, perhaps.

 

The stash-busting is an added bonus!

 

eta: I'll put notes on what is what up there.

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