Sunday, July 06, 2008

Tour De Fleece

I have joined this year's Tour de Fleece spinning challenge. The guidelines are fairly simple. Just spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 5th through Sunday July 27th. Days of rest: Tuesday July 15th, Monday July 21st (just like the actual tour). I think I can spin at least a little every day so that part should be easy.

I also wanted to pick a project that would be of some challenge to me. I couldn't think of a new technique that I was ready to learn so I had to come up with something else. I decided to try and spin enough yarn to knit a large project; something that would require more yarn than a pair of socks.

I decided to use fiber exclusively from my stash for this spinning challenge and decided to use the fiber that has been there the longest. I actually bought this fiber before I even had my wheel. I bought it from the lady that taught that first class I took. The fiber is a mix of wools. I know there is some Merino and Blue faced Leicester. There are some blends with tensile and silk too. Nothing is marked so I have to go on memory. I weighed this all yesterday before I started spinning and there is a total of 572 grams/20.20 ounces of fiber here.

The plan is to spin a bunch of singles and mix and match to make some two-ply yarns. I think I'll knit a very large scarf or wrap in the end. I think that this will be a suitable size challenge and if I don;t keep up with spinning everyday I won't reach my goal in the end. I haven't gotten very far yet, but I did spin some yesterday and a little bit this morning.

7 comments:

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Lovely colors!! Great goal too-- major fiber stash busting!

Esoteric Knitter said...

ohhh I can't wait to see your mix and match. :) Keep up the spinin' girl. You can do it. :)

Bezzie said...

Oh wow. How many bobbins do you have that you can spin a bunch of singles to mix and match?

Batty said...

Such happy bright colors! It's beautiful.

Deb said...

Awesome colors! I joined too and to celebrate I went to an Open Spin at a local Fibre Studio and finally met some local spinners! Yeah!

elizabeth said...

You go girl!

mom said...

The colors are so great on that fiber - I'm truly looking forward to the end result. The single ply on the bobbins is really nice.
Keep peddling.....