I finished washing my last Tour de Fleece skein at 11:59 last night - no joke. Like everything else in life, I set rather ambitious goals for spinning during the competition, and fell just a bit short. I completed the five skeins of yarn for the "magic number" challenge in the Spinner's Study group on Ravelry, but only completed 6.5 ounces out of 16 ounces of the Romney/Mohair/BL blend fiber.
Did I mention that at the same time I was sewing for two contests on Pattern Review - the "sew your stash" and "UFO" competitions that finish at the end of the month? So, in addition to spinning, I completed my first pair of trousers from last fall, and made a beautiful lined linen dress that fits better than any dress I've ever owned, two pair of shorts and a flowery summer skirt.
Meanwhile, my knitting has barely progressed, my web surfing and social media output has been minimal and I haven't podcast since June, although I am planning to record next weekend.
Here is my Tour de Fleece work - 5 skeins of yarn from 5 different sheep breeds all spun at a worsted weight (9-12 wpi) and the unplied blend that is still a WIP - close to 15 ounces of fiber altogether. Finished skeins from left to right in picture:
|Tour de Fleece 2013 Results|
1. Zwartbles - 1 oz skein from a raw fleece breedbox sample that I washed, comb and spun. I had never worked with this breed before, and the fiber washed nicely and combed well. Spinning it was not as much fun, it did not want to be a worsted weight, it wanted to be fine, so we fought. It puffed up considerably after washing.
2. Gulf Coast Native - 1.2 oz skein spun from a fleece I bought from the humid south that was heavily yolked and then sat for two years waiting for me to process it . I finally sent it off to Morro Fleeceworks and got back lovely buttery yellow pin drafted roving. It spun well and I love the resulting yarn, very lofty and I could wear it next to skin. I've spun another sample of this breed before and the yarns between the two are fairly consistent.
3. California Red - 1.3 oz skein spun from roving from an Etsy seller. The fiber was just awful, full of neps and vm and it had that smell from an unnamed mill that I do not care for at all. The only thing I could do was spin it woolen, which is not my forte as you can tell by the picture. I have a tiny sample of Cal Red from another source that is much nicer (too small for this challenge) so I’m glad I am not judging the breed by this yucky, stinky fiber.
4. Border Leicester - 2.2 oz skein from a raw fleece sample that I washed and combed. I loved everything about this fiber, really nice stuff. Longwools ... sigh.
5. Jacob - 2.5 oz skein from two Jacob fleeces from a shepherd that were similar in coloration. I sent them off to Morro and had her separate the white, multi and brown for me and process. It turned out beautifully and was a joy to spin. It almost feels like Cascade 220. Can’t wait to spin the rest!