Tour de Fleece 2013

I feel very stupid writing this down, but I’m usually more excited about tour de fleece than about Christmas/ new years. For starters: because it’s during the summer months and it involves spinning/ dying and playing with fleece I guess.. I’m more of a fall/ winter knitter than a summer knitter, so spinning during the summer for knitting during the winter seems like a good deal to me.

I’d like to share a crazy cat picture with you first.
seriously.. my cat is realllly interested in the neighbors...
This is my cat. I live on the 4th floor. Either the pigeon is back, or my neighbor is cooking pigeon..

Anyway, back to the spinning. I have some plans for this years’ tour. This year I’m setting a goal: I’d like to focus on creating even yarns using spindles. I’m going to spin on the wheel as well, but I’d like to get some more practice using my spindles.

During the knit and crochet fair I bought a 100 grams of mohair locks. I placed the spindle on top for scale, not because I’m already intending to use this spindle πŸ™‚

I’m still trying to learn about different types of fleece, so when I found about Manx Loaghtan I knew I had to try it. During the previous years’ I sometimes only had about 100 grams to spin, and I’m always finding it difficult to knit something out of 300m/ 100 grams of yarn πŸ™ So this time I went for 500 grams of each.

I guess the same can be said for the Corriedale. I’ve seen it all over the internet, but I had to try some for myself. I’m not sure if i’m going to dye this fleece just yet. I may want to braid the commercial top and dye it in a pot this time instead of my standard microwave thing. Who knows what will happen πŸ™‚

I didn’t want to start just yet, but a month is only 4 weeks, and I have a lot of spinning to do this year, so I decided to make a little sample of the Manx Loaghtan first to see what it wants to be.

This was seriously some of the easiest spinning I’ve done in a while. I was very rusty though, I dropped my spindle at least 5 or 6 times in this little bit of spinning.. I definitely need some practice this year.

I decided to make a chain plied yarn and make a little swatch. I don’t have any pictures of the swatch at the moment, but you can find them on my twitter if you’re interested. I’ll be sure to post them next time.

I’m happy with the results. The yarn is very easy to spin and feels good. It also smells good, but I may be biased.. I really like the smell of sheep haha. I think it also may be due to the awesome appearance of the Manx Loaghtan sheep. Seriously. Go check them out on Google images… worth it.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated in case of any dying this week. What are you working on? Are you preparing any fleece this year?

2 thoughts on “Tour de Fleece 2013

  1. Wow, you have a lot of luscious fiber to play with! I can’t wait to see what else you spin up – the Manx Loaghtan is so beautiful and even.

    Also, your cat: o.O I really didn’t know cats could do that.

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