See the original blog on SweetGeorgia here.
At TNNA I made sure to stop by the SweetGeorgia booth 1) because I love their yarns but also 2) because I designed my Tweedy Upsized zipper vest in their yarns and wore it to the show.
I met Ginny at the booth who kindly offered me a chance to try out her Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel and then later introduced me to Denise Renee Grace at Schacht Spindles. Whaaaaaat— I know. I was super excited and had a lot of fun with the Sidekick as well as SweetGeorgia’s Panda spinning fiber that I brought some fiber home with me then ordered a new wheel the next day!
I’ll make the big reveal when the wheel arrives!
I have a 2-wk trial and lots of deadlines coming up and sometimes don’t have enough energy to spin at the end of the day. Like last weekend. I had a long (more like a full-day) meeting on Saturday so on Sunday, I spent few hours dyeing some rovings.
I just wanted some soft colors that I could spin and ply together. I only dye with 4 dye colors. I mix and match and control the absorption
Soft Cotton Candy? hehe Milkshake Colorway
Sour green apple color!
Both are really yummy colors right? I’m so happy how the colors turned out. There’s that piece of me that gets so satisfied when I pet the colors that totally get me.
As today (7/8) is a rest day, I thought I’d do a quick report in the progress.
The red Louet corriedale is finished, plied, washed, then caked ready-to-use. I n-plied it on the same wheel that it was spun on, Ashford Traditional. Very smooth! The left skein is what I did during the first wk of Tour de Fleece. The left is what I spun on Kiwi and then n-plied around December or January this year so it’s kind of interesting to see my improved spinning and plying skills. :)
My merino is still doing well, still on the 3rd bobbin. After this I’m going to start plying.
For the YarnChefSpin Merino/Bamboo blend that I finished plying in the beginning of the TdF (to free up the bobbins) is now being knitted up in a shawl! I also spun this last year-ish so I’m seeing more thick and thin spots, especially since this is a 2-ply.
I dyed up some rovings a couple of days ago and played with some label designs yesterday. I just did it to see if I can give to friends as gifts but it gave me enough confidence to consider selling them. Hmmm.
Well it is a rest day but I don’t think ill rest haha. Just keep this momentum going!
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.
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.
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!
The 2nd and 3rd day went great!
I spun the Ashland merino wool more. I just got the additional 12 oz in the mail and realized the thing is a completely different dyelot. Disappointing, but hopefully it works out.
Then I had to finish the YarnChefSpin’s Skipping. I’m plying on the 2nd bobbin now. It’s really coming out to be light fingering weight and beautiful!
Love the blendedness(?) of the colors. I have to finish plying soon because I’m running out of bobbins! (I have 5 total…)
Hope everyone’s tour de fleece 2013 is going well! !!
Tour de Fleece has begun!
This is my first year, really because last year I did join the Ravelry group for Tour de Fleece but was not able to go beyond the first day. I didn’t know how to spin, which was a big problem haha.
This year, I’m spinning beautiful merino top from Paradise Fibers. I only had 4oz of it in my stash but I just ordered 12 more oz of it.
I’m going to spin this and knit something for a friend. This friend is currently working on a crochet evening gown for me! I am super honored. I am so excited, you have no idea. :D
I look quite happy here on my Ashford Kiwi.
Since we moved into our new home, unpacking and re-organizing, ordering new furniture, 2 housewarming parties, etc took me away from spinning a bit.
Well yesterday, I got out my spinning wheel from my knitting studio (also a guest room and we will have our first guest tonight so I better get to cleaning when I get home!). It was 85 degrees in Irvine yesterday but our home gets a pretty good draft when we open all the windows. It was really really relaxing, and as you can see, Candy agrees!
I think Candy really loves the sound of the wheel turning. I’m so afraid that the wheel might hurt her small 6.8 lb body but she prefers sitting really close to it and taking a long nap. I might have to build a case for the wheel!
The fiber is now defunct Yarn Chef / Yarn Chef Spin and I got this when they had the g0ing-out-of-business sale. Well the website says that they might reopen in 2014 so HOPEFULLY they come back because I just LOVE the colors here!