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Started the pair of socks with the Falkland & Corridale handspun after a false start with the wrong size needles. The basket weave pattern seems to work for the legs. Now for the length -- 8 or 9 inches? 
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Started the pair of socks with the Falkland & Corridale handspun after a false start with the wrong size needles. The basket weave pattern seems to work for the legs. Now for the length -- 8 or 9 inches? #teamcanadatdf2018 
Finished yarn of 3ply (2Falkland & 1Corridale). Ready to  be socks 6.7oz. 224 yds. 
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Next sock yarn, Falkland & Corridale. It's in the wash now and the colours are mellowing a bit.
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Two singles spun of the Falkland braid dyed by @intothewhirled and I decided to add a 3rd single. Some Corridale dyed with Wilton Copper and some bits of green over lemon yellow and also some un-dyed should work. The colour changes in the plying look interesting. Picture of the skein tomorrow. The light's gone for today.
#teamcanadatdf2018 thanks for the Falkland.
I am thinking this might make some interesting socks &/or mitts. πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜
Two singles spun of the Falkland braid dyed by @intothewhirled and I decided to add a 3rd single. Some Corridale dyed with Wilton Copper and some bits of green over lemon yellow and also some un-dyed should work. The colour changes in the plying look interesting. Picture of the skein tomorrow. The light's gone for today. #teamcanadatdf2018  thanks for the Falkland. I am thinking this might make some interesting socks &/or mitts. πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜
My next spin -- Falkland  dyed by @intothewhirled  a prize from #teamcanadatdf2018 
Thank you Kerrie.
My next spin -- Falkland dyed by @intothewhirled a prize from #teamcanadatdf2018  Thank you Kerrie.
Polwarth/Silk spun during Tour de Fleece needed to become this Pedestrian Crossing Cowl design by Melissa Tuttle Sibley. It was a quick knit and perfect for this yarn. I have to find 5 buttons to finish it off.
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Polwarth/Silk spun during Tour de Fleece needed to become this Pedestrian Crossing Cowl design by Melissa Tuttle Sibley. It was a quick knit and perfect for this yarn. I have to find 5 buttons to finish it off. @paradisefibers #paradisefibertdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018 
Yarn from my Tour de Fleece 2018; fiber Merino, Silk, Rose, Faux Cashmere from @paradisefibers "Gems" home dyed; pattern 'Jacinta' from @ambahobrien .
I just had to start this lovely shawl with my gradient yarn. 
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Last day of Tour de Fleece. 6 skeins of 2ply,  1300M, 680G, sweater quantity combo spin completed. 6 braids of BFL, merino, polworth, romeldale, bamboo mixes. πŸπŸ‘
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Final products. Just over 2 pounds of wool and blends to make 2100 yards of 2ply. Now the knitting can begin.
Thanks to all that made it possible.
Congratulations to all participants!

Thanks to the Tour de France for the scenery and the thrills.

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Since today is not *quite* over, thought I'd get my spins from Tour de Fleece.  I didn't get as much done as I wanted and I can't get yardage as my skeinwinder and yardage counter are buried in a pile under plastic. Back to front - yak, "Blue" a BFL Romney cross I processed from raw and front is California Red lamb .
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Since today is not *quite* over, thought I'd get my spins from Tour de Fleece. I didn't get as much done as I wanted and I can't get yardage as my skeinwinder and yardage counter are buried in a pile under plastic. Back to front - yak, "Blue" a BFL Romney cross I processed from raw and front is California Red lamb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #spinningyarn  #spinnersofinstagram  #spinstagram  #handspunyarn  #handspunstagram  #handspun  #tourdefleece2018  #tdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018 
Tour de Fleece 2018 Stages 2nd Rest Day to 18. Finished the singles of @paradisefibers Gems Diamond colourway home dyed. Ready to ply tomorrow and with luck there will be enough of a gradient to knit Jacinta by @ambahobrien .
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Tour de Fleece 2018 2nd Rest Day & Stage 16. First half of the Paradise Fibers "Gems" 'Diamond' which I had dyed. The fiber is a blend of Merino, Silk, Rose (cellulose), and faux cashmere (nylon). This blend is great to spin. Start the second half tomorrow after shopping.
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Tour de Fleece 2018 2nd Rest Day & Stage 16. First half of the Paradise Fibers "Gems" 'Diamond' which I had dyed. The fiber is a blend of Merino, Silk, Rose (cellulose), and faux cashmere (nylon). This blend is great to spin. Start the second half tomorrow after shopping. @paradisefibers #paradisefibertdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #wooleeann 
Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 13-15 out of town with family only a little primative spinning. Today laundry etc. and I prepared the next fiber, the Paradise Fibers  Gems "Diamond" which I dyed-- more shiny pale blues and purples. The fiber is Merino, Rose (celulose), and faux cashmere (nylon). We'll see if it works as planned.
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 13-15 out of town with family only a little primative spinning. Today laundry etc. and I prepared the next fiber, the Paradise Fibers Gems "Diamond" which I dyed-- more shiny pale blues and purples. The fiber is Merino, Rose (celulose), and faux cashmere (nylon). We'll see if it works as planned. @paradisefibers #paradisefibertds2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018 
So far my Tour de Fleece this year has been less than successful. But I'm at the wheel today to get started on the second bobbin of Blue, a gorgeous BFL/Romney fleece. Tea in the safe confines of this gorgeous mug from @diamondclaystudios All in all the makings of a good Saturday morning πŸ’—
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So far my Tour de Fleece this year has been less than successful. But I'm at the wheel today to get started on the second bobbin of Blue, a gorgeous BFL/Romney fleece. Tea in the safe confines of this gorgeous mug from @diamondclaystudios All in all the makings of a good Saturday morning πŸ’— . . . . . . . . . . #heartwesthaven  #diamondclaystudios  #sheeptobobbin  #spinningyarn  #spinstagram  #spinnersofinstagram  #handspunyarn  #handspunstagram  #handspun  #tdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018 
from @fibregoddess -  Made some progress on the California Red lamb's wool today .
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 13 Demonstrating a little stick and leg spinning for my grandchildren using a pencil and some rayon "cotton"balls. 
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from @fibregoddess -  Tour de Fleece Day Two: spinning at the wading pool
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage11 Finished the PF Minty Merino, very silky feeling. The colours worked out better than expected and 4oz. made about 320 yards.
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Stage 10, a challenge day, for #tourdefleece2018 . My challenge is to spin tow flax. What a joy! I brush the water in the bowl with the tips of my left hand’s fingers and thumb. Then I draft and spin the flax as smoothly as possible. The flax forms a smoother yarn with a little dampness. A plyback sample shows in the first photo and up close by swiping to the third. This locally-grown flax is from @black_cat_farmstead and was processed by @taprootfibrelab in Nova Scotia. It’s dew-retted, which saves on water usage. Black Cat Farmstead and Taproot Fibre Lab are among those bringing back small-scale flax/linen production to the U.S. and Canada. Yay! 
It will take awhile to spin this 4 ounces. When I’m done, I’ll likely make a two-ply yarn but may leave it as a single. Destined for weaving! Oh yeah, I’m hooked on flax now. .
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Stage 10, a challenge day, for #tourdefleece2018  . My challenge is to spin tow flax. What a joy! I brush the water in the bowl with the tips of my left hand’s fingers and thumb. Then I draft and spin the flax as smoothly as possible. The flax forms a smoother yarn with a little dampness. A plyback sample shows in the first photo and up close by swiping to the third. This locally-grown flax is from @black_cat_farmstead and was processed by @taprootfibrelab in Nova Scotia. It’s dew-retted, which saves on water usage. Black Cat Farmstead and Taproot Fibre Lab are among those bringing back small-scale flax/linen production to the U.S. and Canada. Yay! It will take awhile to spin this 4 ounces. When I’m done, I’ll likely make a two-ply yarn but may leave it as a single. Destined for weaving! Oh yeah, I’m hooked on flax now. . #tourdefleece  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspun  #handspinnersofinstagram  #threeriversfibershed  #fibershed  #flaxfiber 
Tour de Fleece Stage 10 Finished the 1st bobbin of PF Minty Merino and half of the second. I hope to finish and ply before family time on Thursday and Friday. 
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stages 1-8 skeins. 
Stage 9 and the rest day have been slow and little done. With luck tomorrow will be cooler and more productive.
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Stages 5-8 of #tourdefleece : The first photo shows where I started and where I ended. I’ll be moving to a second bobbin of this natural brown Coopworth. The skein is from a plying ball that had been in storage for a few weeks. When I first spun this Coopworth, it seemed rather drab, ropey, and unappealing, even after plying. But once it was finished... The second photo shows the skein close up and is filtered to show truer to the color my eye sees. The washing process brought out the bloom and a bit of a sheen not evident before. There’s surely a metaphor for life in there, but my mind is a bit too soggy this morning to bring it into focus! πŸ€”
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Stages 5-8 of #tourdefleece  : The first photo shows where I started and where I ended. I’ll be moving to a second bobbin of this natural brown Coopworth. The skein is from a plying ball that had been in storage for a few weeks. When I first spun this Coopworth, it seemed rather drab, ropey, and unappealing, even after plying. But once it was finished... The second photo shows the skein close up and is filtered to show truer to the color my eye sees. The washing process brought out the bloom and a bit of a sheen not evident before. There’s surely a metaphor for life in there, but my mind is a bit too soggy this morning to bring it into focus! πŸ€” . . #handspun  #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspinnersofinstagram 
Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 8 Finished the last single and plied the PF Constellation colourway Orion. This is a beautiful fiber blend but not my colours. They'll be skeined and washed tomorrow.
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage7 My other challenge, PF Constellation Orion colourway. Spun the first half of the 4oz. This one spun more easily and a bit finer with my hands 8-10" apart. I probably choked up on the Orange one too much. The colour still is difficult for me. I am truely a blue green person. 
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage7 My other challenge, PF Constellation Orion colourway. Spun the first half of the 4oz. This one spun more easily and a bit finer with my hands 8-10" apart. I probably choked up on the Orange one too much. The colour still is difficult for me. I am truely a blue green person. @paradisefibers #paradisefibertdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #wooleeann 
Tour de Fleece2018 Stage7 Plied the PF Constellation Libra colourway from the two balls. The colour is still a challenge to me. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜πŸ€—
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Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 6  O.K. so I had to go on with the 2nd bobbin  of PF Constellation Libra colourway,  just to get it done. 
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Now I can go on with the other colourway Orion and then decide how to ply them. πŸ˜˜πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage 6 O.K. so I had to go on with the 2nd bobbin of PF Constellation Libra colourway, just to get it done. #paradisefibertdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  Now I can go on with the other colourway Orion and then decide how to ply them. πŸ˜˜πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
Tour de Fleece Stage6 Challenge spinning. I have a problem working with reds, oranges, and some yellows so included 2 colours of PF Constellation -- Libra & Orion.  The streaky colours in the fiber are nice. I'll see how the yarn looks over the next few days. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
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Tour de Fleece Stage6 Challenge spinning. I have a problem working with reds, oranges, and some yellows so included 2 colours of PF Constellation -- Libra & Orion. The streaky colours in the fiber are nice. I'll see how the yarn looks over the next few days. πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€” @paradisefibers #paradisefibertdf2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018 
Tour de Fleece 2018 Stage4-5 Finished the pale green PF 64count Merino plied skeined and in the wash today.
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TdF2018 Stage 4-5 Finished the second bobbin of PF 64count Merino  and started to ply the 2 together. @paradisefibers 
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My pale green may be too pale for the green sweater but the skein can be top dyed.
Days 2-4 of #tourdefleece β€” spinning a brown Coopworth roving. I finished one skein a few months ago. Once the rest of the brown is done, there’s a pound of cream roving to spin. I also finished (washed) the yarn I plied on Day 1, as seen in the second photo. The motivation of Tour de Fleece is wonderful, even when there’s only 20 minutes of spinning, like on Day 3. Why do I still feel surprised when setting goals and group accountability move me to take action? .
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Days 2-4 of #tourdefleece  β€” spinning a brown Coopworth roving. I finished one skein a few months ago. Once the rest of the brown is done, there’s a pound of cream roving to spin. I also finished (washed) the yarn I plied on Day 1, as seen in the second photo. The motivation of Tour de Fleece is wonderful, even when there’s only 20 minutes of spinning, like on Day 3. Why do I still feel surprised when setting goals and group accountability move me to take action? . #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspun  #spinningyarn  #coopworthwool  #merinowool  #pygorafiber  #angorafiber  #spinolutionfirefly  #handspinning  #handspinnersofinstagram 
TdF2018 Stage1-2 Love the way this Polwwarth/Silk has puffed after it's wash.  @paradisefibers 
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TdF2018 Stage3 Started the pale green PF 64count Merino.
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Third bobbin, for day 3 of Tour de Fleece.  #teamcanadatdf2018 #tdf2018 #tourdefleece2018 #spinningyarn #spinnersofinstagram #schachtladybug 🐞
TdF2018 Stage 2 - Finished the 2nd half of the Polwarth/Silk and plied the two.
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Stage1 Tour de Fleece 2018.  Start with Polwarth/Silk blend home dyed from #paradisefiber 
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Prepping for Tour de Fleece. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ #teamcanadatdf2018 #tdf2018 #spinnersofinstagram #spinning #schachtladybug 🐞 #spinstagram
Bobbins are cleared of yesterday's yarn and some fine Merino done earlier. Ready for the #tourdefleece2018
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OK So I really couldn't resist. This plied quickly. I love the way the colours came together. Skein and wash tomorrow. 
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I couldn't resist a little practice spinning before the Tour de Fleece 2018 starts Saturday. #teamcanadatdf2018  #paradisefibertdf2018 #tourdefleece2018  Thicker than any I've done for a long time. Plying 2ply for perhaps warm mitts.
Just three more days until Tour de Fleece starts, and I thought I’d get a little preparatory spinning in. This is a pygora goat/angora rabbit mix. (The angora is technically jersey wooly from my own little bun, Major Tom.) So looking forward to participating in TDF again as part of Team Canada, after sitting out last year! Just to be clear, I’m not Canadian, but they are a welcoming lot, and I do live within a day’s drive of the border. πŸ™‚
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Just three more days until Tour de Fleece starts, and I thought I’d get a little preparatory spinning in. This is a pygora goat/angora rabbit mix. (The angora is technically jersey wooly from my own little bun, Major Tom.) So looking forward to participating in TDF again as part of Team Canada, after sitting out last year! Just to be clear, I’m not Canadian, but they are a welcoming lot, and I do live within a day’s drive of the border. πŸ™‚ #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #spinnersofinstagram  #handspinning  #majacraftaura  #pygorafiber  #angorafiber  #handspun 
Small samples spun and knit from my #tdf2018 fibers. Bottom to top dyed PF Gems; dyed PF Minty Merino; dyed Polworth/Silk; & PF Constellation. Thank you @paradisefibers #paradisefiber #tourdefleece2018 #teamcanadatdf2018
3.25 needles
More #tdf2018 fiber preparation. Dried Minty Merino and Polworth/Silk that I dyed yesterday. Wilton dyes on the Polworth - Black & Burgundy happily broke to give an interesting result. Looking forward to seeing the yarn during the Tour de Fleece. #paradisefiber  @paradisefibers #tourdefleece2018 #teamcanadatdf2018
More #tdf2018  fiber preparation. Dried Minty Merino and Polworth/Silk that I dyed yesterday. Wilton dyes on the Polworth - Black & Burgundy happily broke to give an interesting result. Looking forward to seeing the yarn during the Tour de Fleece. #paradisefiber  @paradisefibers #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018