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LoveNote Sweater Progress

I’ve been (slowly) oh so slowly working away at my LoveNote sweater by TinCanKnits – it’s beautiful and a pretty quick knit, problem is I only get 15 minutes a day (if that) t0 get any of it done, so it’s going pretty slow. I need to knit two more inches on the body, and then I have sleeves and a collar to complete. There are live stitches being held on a crochet chain at the neck currently so I can un-do those and continue knitting upwards. The sleeves will be full length since I’ve opted to do the longer version of this knit.

I’m holding fingering yarn (merino/nylon) along with lace (mohair) to create a really fluffy soft dream like knit. I can’t wait until I can block it and show the lace better.

Pride in Learning

One of the most important things that I try to do to better myself as a person and as I age, is to keep learning. Whether it’s a new hobby, skills in an old hobby, or just some random whim, I never begrudge myself the ability to pick up a new skill – even if lessons end up never utilized and I find out I don’t exactly enjoy that new found ability. Make sense?

I think it’s important to keep challenging myself. Keep learning and educating myself. That’s why I’m so incredibly proud of the skein of yarn pictured above. I’m learning to spin on a spinning wheel and this is the first skein from start to finish that I actually feel quite proud of. It’s not perfect, it’s not the weight I wanted, there are lumps and bumps – but I can see progress. I can see where I started at and where my skill is 2 months later. I have 20 more braids of this same fiber, and I can’t wait to see how with practice I improve. Hopefully a year from now I’m able to spin sock weight yarn from fiber with relative ease. We’ll just have to see!

Tour de Fleece 2019 Ends

Well, that’s the end of Tour de Fleece. I didn’t meet all of my goals, but I did get quite a bit done. My goals were:

  • Spin every day (done)
  • Spin 100g (done)
  • Spin a sweaters worth (incomplete)

I ended up spinning merino/silk 4oz (brown), wool of the Andes 4oz (red), rambouillet 4oz (white), merino/nylon 8oz (on the bobbins), and corridale dyed with kool-aid 2oz (drop spindle). I’m really glad I participated, and I can’t wait to see how my spinning gets better over the year, and then participate again next year as a novice instead of a beginner.

Stage 19

Hard to believe there is only a few days left in Tour de Fleece for this year. I’ve managed to spin every day of the race, which was one of my major goals, and I surprised even myself by not only wheel spinning but also digging my spindle out and getting more of the corridale roving done. It was my first year participating and I’m so glad I have. My instagram is completely filled with spinning awesomeness, and I hope it keeps up after the tour is completed.

Pictured above is my corridale dyed with kool-aid. Pretty proud of how consistent my singles are coming out.

More Tour de Fleece

Tour de Fleece

I’m really tickled with the result of my first 4oz of merino/nylon from Knitpicks. The roving was on sale, marked 40% off, so it was $5 for 4oz, plus I had a 20% discount coupon so after I purchased 2 (planning on plying them together and then knitting socks) I lamented to my husband that I should have purchased more, and he suggested I purchase -20- more.. I thought he was joking, but turns out he was being serious, so I made the purchase and I’m so very excited. It’s roving that I know will get used, that I happen to spin well, and while it’s not coloured, I’m thinking I might dye some up, either as roving or yarn (probably as yarn, I’m afraid of felting roving). The price was amazing, and came with free shipping so I really have no complaints. Except that now I have to wait for it to ship here, of course.

Stage 15

Got more merino/nylon on the bobbin today

Tour de Fleece – Stage 14

I did some plying, I did a 2 ply for the smaller bobbin and then I practiced a navajo ply for the remainder – which was a disaster, and a LOT harder than it looks. It left me with a bulky weight yarn on the navajo, and a DK on the 2 ply. After I decided I’d start some merino/nylon that I bought. It’s white and a bit boring, but REALLY silky smooth to spin and just beautiful roving top.

Stage 13

I can’t spin yet today because my bobbins are full, so for stage 13 of Tour de Fleece I dug out my spindle. The fiber is old and felted and spinning is slow but it’s rewarding and still great for drafting muscle memory. This is corridale I dyed with kool-aid back in 2016

TDF Stage 12

I finished off my merino/silk blend, so now the singles will rest and I’ll ply them. I looked up different types of plying, and I’m thinking I might do a 2ply until the lighter bobbin is empty, and then teach myself the navajo ply which would only require one bobbin of yarn, and you ply onto an empty one. I still have a bit of the red wool of the andes left, so I figure I can practice on that one before trying it on the good stuff.

This would give me a 3 ply yarn, and I haven’t made one of those yet. Should be fun!

After all that, maybe I’ll spin my merino/nylon blend, I haven’t decided yet. I do have a bit of plain merino as well.

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