Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tour de Fleece - Stage Two

I don't really follow the actual Tour de France, but as I understand it, the race is done in "stages".

So, stage one of my Tour de Fleece being the trip across the river to have my "stash" prepared for spinning, stage two must follow as some actual spinning, and look, I am well underway.

I have four bobbins of about 4 1/4 oz singles that I have wound off into center pull balls.

My spinning is not as consistent as I'd like, and I've decided I am going to match each ball up with an appropriate plying partner -say one too skinny with one too fat - when I'm done so that each skein should be just about the same. I hope. Currently 1 and 3 and 2 and 4 are paired, but the standings might change as the race continues.

And, since I am still a learning spinner, here are some observations along route so far.

1. Nice commercially prepared roving is sweet.

2. When it's nine million degrees and so humid you want to kill yourself, no one can spin perfect. Turn the AC up or wait until nightfall.

3. If you are exhausted and bleary eyed from caring for and crying about a sick lamb, for God's sake go make one last check of the barn and go to bed!

1 comment:

Laurie said...

I'm a faithful reader, but never left a comment. Today's the day. That Tour de Fleece logo is just cracking me up. Any spinning/knitting project that has an official logo is guaranteed to succeed. I must design logos for all my projects...I need all the help I can get! I'm usually spinning mohair (got goats) and I totally agree with you: Heat + Humidity + Spinning = Irritable, Itchy Spinner and dubious yarn.

Onward to Stage Three! (is ESPN carrying this?)


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