Friday, July 28, 2017

Most Any Job Is Do-able...

...if you just do it.  I've had a couple of those "do-able" jobs lately.  Putting this blog post up is sort of one as well, just way more fun :-).  

Remember the Tour de Fleece?  Yeah, I barely remember it either.  I didn't get everything done that I wanted to, but I did get enough done that I was happy at the end.  And I did take some pictures throughout even though I didn't post them.  As I really do want to remember at least some of what happened, here goes a flash tour.

First I spun half of Chocula.

Next I spun and plied the dark denim from Elizabeth.

Then I stewed about what to do about all these "not exactly the same" balls of medium blues while I spun the brown and white.

I was really happy with the dark blue and brown and then lost my ever loving mind apparently when I was spinning the white and it came out way thinner than the first two skeins.  I stewed on that for a couple days.

And spun and plied the other half of Chocula to get my nerve back up...while I continued to also stew about the "not exactly the same" medium blues.

Whereas at that point, as I tend to do with most of my yarn/knitting/weaving problems, I turned it all over to 20 and went back to the barn to play with Biscuit and Muffin.

He pulled out all of the brightest blues (on right) that didn't perfectly fit in with all the grayer blues (on left).  He then weighed them and weighed out the same amount of grayer blues.  I spun both separately and then did three plying samples to figure out our next step.

Left to right:  bright blue plied with bright blue, gray blue plied with gray blue and bright blue plied with gray blue.  We decided that the bright blue and gray blue were not significantly different enough  (even though they look pretty different in this picture) to keep separate so I plied them together and then spun the remaining gray blue.

All the blues are twisted together here (including a very small skein of light blue) and you can pick out a few different strands here and there if you look very closely, but if I alternate the all gray blue with the bright and gray blue as I knit or weave, I believe it will all work itself out into a "nearly all exactly the same so Sara is happy" finished project.  

I also found this in the dusty archives of early July.  Those three kids are so stinkin' cute :-).


Lady Locust said...

Holy macaroni Batman! You've been busy. It would take me soooo long to get all that done. And your yarns look so luxurious. Nicely done 😊

sophy0075 said...

One of the things I love about natural colored fleeces is that they have variations in color. The Romney X I spun during TdF, "Pearl", has some fleece that's more blackish brown, some that's more grayish-brown, and then there were some sun bleached tips (not all of those combed out). I just alternated nests. I love the tweedy result. So obviously, I love your tweedy result too - I think the greyer/bluer combo keeps the color from being flat or overly bright.

So I love your yarn - and look forward to seeing a Muffin/Biscuit blend yarn next year !

thecrazysheeplady said...

I can't wait for Biscuit and Muffin fleeces either :-D.

Michelle said...

I love that your OCD makes my OCD look minimal. ;-)

Sheepmom said...

That 20 is worth his weight in gold. Wish I had a helper to get me that organized. Good job! Looking forward to swatches!

ElaineChicago said...

20 did a fantastic job in sorting.... perhaps he'd like to visit me and do the same?
Looks great, Sara!

Alice said...

Amazing results and worth the worry, fret, stewing and input from #20. Sometimes just walking away from the challenge and letting #20 handle it gives you a new perspective. I love the colors. Can't wait to see the finished creation!! You never disappoint!

Lori Skoog said...

Hello Saint Tim!


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