Tour de Fleece Week 1 recap

 

 

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Handdyed some 80% merino 20% tussah silk rovings yesterday and played with label ideas this morning. I’m planning to dye some (and spin some of them) for friends.

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So how’s everyone doing with their Tour de Fleece? I’m really making a huge progress. I finished my Louet Corriedale, all on the borrowed Traddy (aka Ashford Traditional) and then on my 3rd bobbin of Ashland Bay Gray merino.

I realized I didn’t post pictures of the borrowed Traddy. So here they are.

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It was kind of rusty from non-use, but I got rid of the rust (so they don’t get on my yarn!) and oiled, oiled, and oiled. Do you see the OLD Ashford logo? And the conrod is LEATHER. This thing is so pretty. And unlike my initial judgment, this is SINGLE drive, making it really easy for me to get used to since my Kiwi is a single-drive wheel too.

I’m hoping to do some plying next week!

 

[FO] handspun, handdyed, handknit shawl!

So in preparation of my belated participation in the SPAKAL challenge (spin-to-knit), I first experimented with some undyed/natural wool I got that came with my wheel.

 

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It was spun into 2-ply yarn and dyed it with some blue, green and red food colors. I just love dyeing with food coloring! I’m happy with the result, it looks so vintage.

Then I chose the pattern. It’s “And So Are You” by Rose Beck.

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I modified it so that the body is St st and the ruffle is only 9 rows long. I was running out of yarn and unlike other commercial yarn, I can’t just go out and buy more yarn! :P But because the yarn is a bit thicker than fingering weight, the row gauge was bigger than the pattern and even though I only did 205 sts wide, it still looks like a good size.