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Spinning Lessons

I have learned some valuable lessons from participating in Tour de Fleece. One we all know but don’t always apply: Practice makes perfect.  I have seen a steady improvement in my spinning over the course of the tour.  I am more consistent in my spinning as well as being able to better control the thickness and twist of my yarn.

Today I have almost 600 yards of Corriedale drying in the sun.  This was my latest plying yesterday.

I have always avoided wearing white. One reason is that I have always had small dogs who jump all over me.  But another reason is that I wore white dresses in countless church ceremonies in my former life as  a Catholic child.

But I am looking at this yarn differently because of a remark on the internet the other day from a fellow spinner about loving the purity of undyed fiber.  I think this yarn will knit up as a nice vest once I finish spinning the rest of it.  And it is off white after all.

Color is still my passion. 

But it’s nice to broaden my view as so much of the information from this tour has done.

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