Sunday, July 25, 2010
Tour de Fleece 2010
This Tour de Fleece has brought me 1684 yards of yarns, and some as-of-yet unplied singles. My wheel is tired, my brakeband is still intact, and the afternoon's thunderstorms have prevented me from getting better pictures.
First up, we have a cashmere/merino blend in Red Grapes from Corgi Hill Farm that was my first project on my Julia's high speed flier. I got 2 2-ply skeins for a total of 644 yards, plus a 20 yard chain plied skein. I didn't love the flier - instead of sliding hooks, it has sliding rings on a hollow metal tube and it was a complete pain to get the singles back together when it broke.
Next was some silk/merino from Ashland Bay in Sea Mist, which I hope is a suitably masculine color. It already has plans as a Christmas present for my FIL (shh! don't tell!). It's 11-13 wpi, which is about DK weight and I have 342 yds of 2 ply and 14 yds of chain-ply.
The final finished yarn is a merino/camel/tussah silk in Leeks that I am absolutely in lurve with. I've never tried this blend before and it was sooo wonderful to spin. I got 656 yards of what I think is a light fingering weight, though I haven't gotten the wpi because it's not totally dry yet. And, it's green! I still have no idea what I'll knit with it, but I'll be petting it until then.
I also started a bobbin of singles of the faux cashmere. But, it's not finished, so we'll save more on that for later...
It was a great Tour, and I enjoyed reading everyone else's spinning experiences. Looking forward to next year...