Tour de Fleece – Day 2

I forgot to post yesterday due to being busy, so here is where I’m at so far on the second day of the tour. I am spinning mostly Loop bullseye bumps, but have a few others planned as well. I am on four, yes four, teams this year; Team Merlin Tree (the makers of my spinning wheel), Team Loop (who’s fiber I’ll mostly be spinning), Team Turk (for Turkish spindles), and Team Webs (who are my LYS).

Skein number one was made with Loop bullseye in the colorway “September Song”. I n-plied it and got 87 yards, 6ozs.

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Today I spun up another Loop bump, this time “The Devil Made Me Do It”. 5.80ozs, two ply, 128 yards. I had some left one one of the bobbins and with that I n-plied and got seven yards.

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Earlier in the week I did some more spinning. I finished up the fiber that I bought at the Mutton & Mead festival, The Ugly Room in colorway “My Yard in September”. I spun it up on my drop spindle and plied it on my wheel. 3.95ozs, N-ply, 78.5yards.

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And lastly, I finished spinning this merino from Loop samples that I started spinning last year! Done on my Turkish spindle from Snyder Spindles on Etsy. .40ozs, 40 yards, two ply.

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My First Spinning Box

There are a ton of different monthly subscription boxes out there, which makes me very excited. I was doing one for Japanese treats for a while (Skoshbox) but since I’m trying to lose weight, I did not renew my subscription. Then while on Ravelry (I think) I started seeing ads for a Spinning Box, so of course I had to check it out. I love surprises like this and being fiber related was a huge plus. Not that I really need to add more to my stash, but at least Tour de Fleece is starting soon so hopefully I’ll be spinning up a lot of my stash.

Anyway, after looking at pictures and videos of previous boxes, I decided to sign up for the three month package. This month’s theme is “Galaxy” so I was very excited to see what would be in it. It arrived the other day and my mind was blown at the amount of goodies in that box. I was expecting half that amount!  As soon as I took it out of the box and opened the tissue paper, everything exploded on my bed!

The pictures can speak for themselves:

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So was it worth it? YES! Am I glad I signed up for the three month and am already thinking I’ll extending it longer after that? Hell YES!  If you haven’t already, go check out Spinning Box, but you have to be quick as there is only a limited number of subscriptions each month. If you are interested, sign up for the email.  Also, they do have a Facebook page.

The next challenge will be figuring out what to make with everything!

Tour de Fleece 2014

For those not familiar with it, Tour de Fleece is a yarn spinning event that goes on during the Tour de France. It runs from July 5th to July 27th. The goal can be whatever you want it to be; from trying to spin as much yarn as you can to trying out new techniques.  For people who don’t spin yarn, they do their own challenges and it is fun all around for fiber and yarn lovers.

This year is the first time that I have participated and I had a blast. I learned how to chain/Navajo ply and I spun alpaca and Targhee for the first time. Below are pictures of the yarns that I spun during the event. I spun a total of 2.025 yards which is equal to 1.15 miles!

Berry Ice Cream Blue Dream Chocolate Rainbow Color Forest Hopscotch Let the Sun Shine Purple Fog Water Ballet

My next event will be doing Spinzilla, also for the first time, in October. The following week is Rhinebeck, which is good because I’ll need to restock my fiber supply!

I am currently waiting on a tri-loom and I will be weaving up most of this yarn into shawls. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

Spin, spin, spin!

I’ve been in a spinning mood over the weekend and it’s still going. Right now I have two new yarns to share.
This first one is my first time spinning Cormo. It is extreamly soft and I am in love with it! I only bought 2oz of the fiber to try it out, but when I buy more I think I’ll be ordering at least a pound of it!
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Next up is some fiber I bought at Webs. It is Frabjous Fibers in the Breeze colorway. 4oz, 100% Merino.
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As usual, I have no idea what I’m going to be making with them. The cormo is about 60yds and the rainbow one is 98yds. I think I might weave with the second one, maybe a small bag or something.

NY Sheep and Wool a.k.a Rhinebeck

Yesterday I went to the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY. My mother and I went via bus that left from a local yarn store. We left the lot at 7am and arrived around 10am.  There was a sea of cars parked in the lots and I was happy that we did not drive ourselves because trying to find our car after would have been like trying to find a needle in a haystack!

We made sure to pick up the program book that had a map as well as the times for events, workshops and a long list of vendors. There were around 200 vendors there so we saw some of everything.  It was a constant stream of ‘oooh’ and ‘aaahs’ coming from us as well as the other visitors. The vendors were nice and very helpful, as well as some of the visitors if they heard you talking about something.

I saw so many things that I wanted and yet I was trying to be good. I still had a lot of fiber at home waiting to be spun up, so I only got a few items. I also got a Turkish spindle that I’ve been wanting to try. I played with it on the bus before we left to head home. I don’t know how I managed it, but my wallet was not empty when we left!  You can see my haul in the picture, but here is a list of what I got;

1) Turkish spindle (I don’t remember which vendor I got it from. All the cards I picked up went into my bag)

2) 4oz of Merino/Silk roving from Lisa Souza in the Bird of Paradise colorway. This is the first thing I bought. I could have gone crazy in her stall because everything there was beautiful. I did not want to spend all my money in the first building though!

3) Three little felted wool sheep to add to my mini flock

4) Two bags of Cotswold curls to spin with. I’ve always wanted to try and they are very pretty. From Solitude Wool.

5)  One back of mixed rainbow fiber to card with so I can make my own batts/rolags. (I’ll be getting a blending board this week) from loop.

6) One pair of Addi knitting needles

7) The Granny Square Book by Margaret Hubert. This woman was at the table with the books signing them. She signed the copy I bought for me. She also gave me a mini lesson as I am a beginner (just talking, not showing since neither of us had the supplies for it). She is extreamly nice and pleasant. She also said that if I had questions on anything that I could email her and she’d help me out. How many people do you know would do that? So yeah, she’s a sweetheart.

8) I contacted Dave at The Merlin Tree where I got my Roadbug. I wanted to get a jumbo flyer and bobbins because the normal ones are too small (fill up too fast). He said that they were currently discontinued because he is working on a new model which will be out the end of January. He then said that he had one left of the current one and said that he would bring it to Rhinebeck for me. So I purchased that and an extra bobbin from him (because I don’t want to wait until Jan!) and he was, as always, a pleasure to deal with.  If you are looking for a great wheel that is inexpensive, then I highly recommend checking out The Merlin Tree.

I saw beautiful African baskets and the man who was making them. I really wanted to get one but I do not have the room for one at this time. Someone was kind enough to give me a link to the online shop where I could buy one later. I already have a few picked out.

The crowds were insane and some of the booths had long lines waiting to pay for their purchases, so we skipped some of the booths. We also skipped the wine and cheese tasking because the lines there were just as crazy. All in all, I had a fantastic time with my mother at Rhinebeck and I would love to go again next year.

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