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Retail Therapy

This week has been especially stressful for a number of reasons, so I treated myself to three skeins of fiber that should arrive in a few weeks. The first is the one pictured above, from ThreeRiverFarm and I’m very excited about it. I also ordered the following two:

As long as you’ve got a little money set aside, I don’t see any issue with retail therapy, in conjunction with working hard in life. I’m not talking about taking your last $10 and gambling it away, but setting some aside each money to play with on your hobbies to help you relax can be quite nice, and I think it’s important that not every hour of every day be filled with work.

I’m especially excited about the rolags because I’ve never spun with that sort of prep before and it should be an interesting learning experience. I am hoping to get some really neat striping yarns for socks from it but we’ll have to see how that works out in action.

Finished Spinning Llama

I finished spinning my 4oz of 100% llama, and I have to say it is just so incredibly lovely. It was prepared amazingly and I had no issues drafting even though I’ve had it stashed away for a few years. I managed to get fingering/DK weight I think for most of it, there might be a few sections that are closer to worsted. I’m working on consistency and spinning fingering weight because that’s what I use most of. This process is one that will come with time and practice. Like any new skill that you’re learning. I’ve been spinning for just shy of three months and some of the people I admire most on instagram have been spinning for 20+ years. I’m hoping that by the time I’ve been spinning for a year I’ll be able to see a noticeable improvement in my yarn.

For now I’m pretty happy doing what I do. The yarn is still fantastic to use, it’s just a bit uneven in places and I need to keep practicing practicing practicing..

Spinning with 100% Llama

I’ve been having a great time spinning the merino/nylon blend that I got on sale from knitpicks, but I wanted a break and I love trying to spin new fibers. I settled on a 100% llama braid that I got as a gift a few years back.

Woah.

The staple length is quite long, but the fiber is VERY slippery. I’m spinning it pretty thin, hoping for a fingering weight once it’s finished. I have 4oz total, so I split it into 2oz sections, and then split those sections just slightly to ease my spinning because this fiber sheds unlike any fiber I’ve ever used before. The first day I tried spinning it I felt like I owned a white long haired cat, I was completely covered from head to toe. Now I spin this stuff on the balcony, otherwise it gets EVERYWHERE. Somehow it even managed to get around my kids sippy cup.

Despite the annoying shed factor the fiber is luxurious and absolutely beautiful. I’m having no issues drafting or spinning it thin, I’m spinning from the fold, off the tip, which seems to be my preferred method of spinning. The end product is a very strong very soft yarn with a slight halo (less than mohair, but still a cloud that’s noticeable). I have NO idea what I’ll knit with this. Maybe more gloves?

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.

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