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?
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. 🤗😘😘😘
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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! 🤔
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.
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. 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
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