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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.

Andean Plying

I have been spinning almost every day during Tour de Fleece. I have been so inspired  seeing photos of what everyone else is spinning and posts about what they are learning!

 One of my goals during the tour was to learn Andean plying. So this morning I hunkered down and followed some links to diagrams and online videos. At first what looks like a relatively simple technique twisted my brain. But I took several breaks and persevered. The picture below shows some yarn I plyed yesterday from shingles I had spun the last couple of days. The drop spindle has what was left on one bobbin successfully and plyed after numerous practice runs with waste yarn. I have been so grateful to see the work of so many wonderful spinners online and be able to learn from them during this event.

Treadling, Heather and a Hungry Squirrel

Today has been mostly cloudy  after almost 1 and a half inches of gentle rain in 24 hours. But that is always perfect weather to find sanctuary in my little studio.

Here is today’s Tour de Fleece installment of a bobbin of Shetland singles on my Kromski Minstrel.  Thai is my first time spinning Shetland and thank goodness I am enjoying it as I have 2 pounds!

I have been appreciating the vibrant colors in these heathers in our garden.  Even when they are not flowering the foliage often adds a stunning contrast.

As I was spinning,  one of our resident squirrels hung from the window screen and was undeterred by my presence in a quest for sunflower seeds and peanuts.

 Day 5 Plying, Spindling and a Silky

An overcast morning cleared into a beautiful sunny afternoon. It was a great day for my next installment of Tour de Fleece spinning. This morning I felt like working with my drop spindle for a while.

While I was spinning my silky terrier Spencer was resting from a rousing round of chase the weasels and birds.

This afternoon’s results are from plyiing the singles from Days 2 to 4.

While I was plying in my studio the bird feeder hanging outside the window was visited by sparrows, goldfinches and a tree squirrel. None of them seemed to mind that I was spinning in the studio about 3 feet away from the window.
What a glorious day!

Tour de fleece and poppies

This year I am participating in Tour de Fleece.  It is a worldwide yarn spinning event.  The idea is to spin every day that the cyclists are pedaling in the Tour de France.  The first day was July 2.  It took me that day to realize via social media that the event was underway.  I also burned up some time deciding to participate rather than just be a bystander.  But here is the result of my labors on Day 2 of the event

andToday, Day 3.  I am spinning natural merino fiber.  I have 2 pounds that have been in my stash for years. 

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