Spinning Decompression

Note of a lazy blogger: I wrote this post when the dates would suggest I did, but didn’t get around to taking pictures, so…this is late.

The Tour de Fleece ended this Sunday, and I have to confess that I more or less dropped out after Day 14. Not that I stopped spinning, mind you. I just stopped spinning enough that you could see progress on a daily basis because it was hot and I was busy.

I met my goals of finishing and plying the blue mystery wool on the wheel. So…huzzah! That was my success.

Mystery Blue Spun

I ALMOST finished the dragon yarn. I got it finished spinning it Friday and pulled it off the spindle Saturday, but I didn’t get it plied. I started plying on Monday and managed to get through about 80% in an epic session before my arm threatened to fall off completely. Hopefully I’ll finish that tonight.

Dragon Yarn - Spindle Spun

Needless to say, since my final challenge to myself was dependent on finishing the dragon yarn, I didn’t tackle it. I did consider buying another spindle just so I could play with angora the way I wanted to on the 18th, but my husband would have made annoyed frowny faces, so I restrained myself. 🙂

I did, however, do something I had forgotten I would be doing during the Tour: my spinning demo for my mother’s knitting class. Teaching and demonstrating is a skill in its own right, and one I really don’t have, but the ladies were all super nice and interested in the process.

Also, when I jotted down where they could buy a spindle like mine (Highland Handmades, for the curious), one of the ladies looked at my handwriting and decided that I am a rushing river in a narrow channel, which she explained meant that I am deeply emotional and creative but with tight control. I don’t know what about my handwriting gives her the notion that I am the master of my own emotions, but best not to look a gift compliment in the mouth, right?

I’m off to West Virginia to visit my sister later this week, so perhaps I’ll have some time for the angora then. How did you all do?

2013 Tour de Fleece Daily Updates

I accept that this post is probably uninteresting to most of you, but for anyone who’d like to follow along with my Tour de Fleece progress…I’ll update this post every few days with pictures, etc. Apologies for the poor photo quality, and enjoy…

Day 1: I finished spinning up the mystery blue, worsted, on the wheel. It took me slightly longer than Temple of Doom to spin.
Day 1: I finished spinning up the mystery blue, worsted, on the wheel. It took me slightly longer than Temple of Doom to spin.
Day 2: I put one episode of Firefly into working on the merino top from Halcyon.
Day 2: I put one episode of Firefly into working on the merino top from Halcyon.
Day 3: I plied the mystery blue--plying on the wheel for the first time. My singles were only about a yard different in length, which I was pleased with.
Day 3: I plied the mystery blue–plying on the wheel for the first time. My singles were only about a yard different in length, which I was pleased with. Took about ten minutes longer than an episode of Firefly to ply.
So I failed to spin on Day 4--just managed to skein off the mystery blue at 215 yards. Today saw some small progress on the merino.
So I failed to spin on Day 4–just managed to skein off the mystery blue at 215 yards. Today saw some small progress on the merino.
Finished the first half of the dragon merino!
Finished the first half of the dragon merino!
TdF Day 8
Managed to pull the first half of the merino off the spindle and lead on for the next half. Not a ton of yardage, but I’m over the setup hump, so maybe Day 9 will be an epic spin fest.
Today I wired two electrical outlets and did a fair amount of wall demolition so...minimal progress.
Today I wired two electrical outlets and did a fair amount of wall demolition so…minimal progress.
Yesterday was a rest day, so I went to my mom's and worked on sewing a dress. Today, I got in some good spinning with an epic session of Pathfinder and punnery.
Yesterday was a rest day, so I went to my mom’s and worked on sewing a dress. Today, I got in some good spinning with an epic session of Pathfinder and punnery.
More progress on the merino. Getting close to done...
More progress on the merino. Getting close to done…
It doesn't look like much, but progress it is.
It doesn’t look like much, but progress it is.