Monday, July 15, 2013

Tour de Fleece - almost done!

I have been spinning almost every day during this year's Tour de Fleece. Here's what I've done so far:

I'm not 100% sure what fiber that finished skein is made of....Mary believes it's merino. Whatever it was, it's a combination of a few different color scraps. It was a very fun, and quick spin.

Finn dorset is on my spindle now. I personally dyed this fiber. The camera made the color a bit more blue than it is... It's really a light gray with dark violet tones. It's been easy to spin, as well. I should be finished with this fairly soon. After that, well, I'll have to see what fiber my sister has laying around.

I'm wondering what I can do to improve my spinning technique. A lot of what I spin is overspun, and I tend to spin on the bulky side. I'd like to learn how to not overspin. I suppose practice makes perfect, right? Maybe I need to work on my drafting technique. I'm still a park-n-spin spinner while I predraft all my fiber. I guess I better start doing more research.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013

Lately, I have been in a complete spinning funk...I've lost my spinning mojo.  Since December (oh god, has it really been THAT long) my spinning wheels have been gathering dust, languishing in the corner.  That's not to say that I haven't done any spinning whatsoever.  I finished plying some singles (since they were a Christmas present) and spent an hour or so "practicing" before I went to my first spinning guild meeting!  God forbid I would go to the meeting rusty on my spinning techniques...I'm sure people would gawk and stare at my lack of long draw ability.  Other than those two times, I haven't done any spinning, nothing, nada, zilch.  So this year's Tour de Fleece probably couldn't have come at a better time.  I really need to get back into my spinning grove, after all, what's better than spinning and hoarding gobs and gobs of yarn?

For this year's Tour, I've decided I needed a new challenge.  I am re-learning how to spindle spin and am going to spin 6 ounces of Falkland wool, trying to keep the single a consistent thickness.

Without further ado, my progress:










You may be saying to yourself "Dear God, Mary, what in the world HAVE you been doing if you haven't spun since December?"  See below.