An Estonian girl who has found a home in Sweden.

Friday, August 19

Post-TdF Wool

19.8.16 Posted by Vaire

Soon after TdF was finished nunoco released their latest smorgasbox. They released the full size versions of the smorgasbox batts at the same time. And I fell in love.

nunoco

I mean, look! Isn't it gorgeous? I may not like pink, or wear green, but Mum does. These will be a gradient shawl for her. Rhubarb is such a perfect name for these. I really want to jump in and start spinning these right away, but I must finish a couple other projects first.

nunoco

They also brought back one of their earlier colouways from another smorgasbox – Bakhoor. It is red. With sparkles. I could not resist. This will become something for me. Probably a shawlette of some sort.

Foxfire Fiber

I won a participation prize from one of my TdF teams. (Team Footloose, put together by the Hansencraft miniSpinner group.) The wool is a blend of fine wool and alpaca, both undyed, by Foxfire Fiber. It smells so delightfully like a sheep. This was a complete surprise and an unexpected pleasure. I haven't got any plans for it.

This concludes the account of the fibre acquisitions caused by wool fumes during Tour de Fleece, or related to it. I added total of 1320 grams of wool to my stash. That is more than a kilo! Fortunately most of it I have a plan for, and not all of it is for me. I have plenty of fibre that should last me until next year, and next TdF.

I am not entirely sure if I'll take part next year because I ended up with even more wool after it despite my efforts to reduce the stash during the Tour. I need to spin up what I already have before even thinking about taking a peek at my favourite Etsy stores again.

Wednesday, August 17

Third Lot of TdF Wool

17.8.16 Posted by Vaire

Keeping on with the red theme. This lot is hand dyed by Gnomespun Yarn.

I wanted something that would give me some tonal variation in colour in the finished item, like a semi-solid hand dyed yarn would. I could spin these for texture (like cable or crepe) and the colour would not detract from it. I learned that I like maximum of two colours in those two textures during TdF this year.

Gnomespun Yarn

BFL combed top in Rose Red colourway. I have no definite plans for this one. Yet. BFL is such a versatile breed that it could become anything wearable. Gloves, hats, mittens, socks, sweaters, scarves... Anything.

Gnomespun Yarn

Texel carded roving in Brickwork colourway.

Gnomespun Yarn

Texel carded roving in Dark Marble colourway.

These two are my first roving. The most common prep available from hand dyers is combed top, and I have plenty of that. Roving is different. The fibres are all jumbled up in a roving as opposed to being aligned in a top, and is mostly recommended to spin long draw.

I am really looking forward to spinning these two for sock yarn. On one hand spinning roving short draw sort of negates some of that jumbled up airiness, but one the other hand, I want the smoothness of the worsted draw to give this yarn abrasion resistance. Even spinning short draw, roving still gives more airiness to the final yarn, and this is what I want.

By spinning roving and top with short draw (with the same yarn structure) I will be able to compare which holds up better. Both cheviot and texel are reportedly good for socks, so the breed should not make too much of a difference. If I were to compare merino and texel, I would have to take into account merino being a finewool and not as strong as texel which is a meat breed with medium wool.

The three braids of red fibre intended for sock yarn bring up the tally to 10 pairs, plus 2 more from leftovers. This is quite enough to last me for a while.

Friday, August 12

Second Lot of TdF Wool

12.8.16 Posted by Vaire

As I was checking out Spunky Eclectic, I saw that their July fibre was a very lovely red colourway called Lobster on two different bases. After some consideration, I decided to get both.

Lobster

The first one is BFL. The red colour is so lovely and vibrant, but there are white patches where there is no dye. I am disappointed about that. I thought I bought hand painted red wool, not red and white. Those white splotches will make pink if I tried to blend them. I intended to blend this with the other braid, but now I have to figure out whether to attempt to dye it first or just blend it and hope it won't turn too pink.

I do not want any kind of pink. I have even bought the food colouring for dyeing already. All I need now is to pick up the courage and get over the fear of felting the wool. On one hand I love the red parts and I don't want to make them darker. On the other hand, I will never use this wool as it is. I really do not want anything pink. Or maybe I could just remove the white bits and then experiment with dyeing? I'll figure it out.

Lobster

The second braid is cheviot and the colour is perfect. It is intended to become socks for me. With or without the BFL.

Wednesday, August 10

Monday, August 8

TdF Damage to My Wallet

8.8.16 Posted by Vaire

Tour de Fleece is of course good for spinning productivity, but all those wool fumes can get to you. They definitely got to me and I ordered four lots of fibre. The first one was from All The Pretty Fibers on Etsy.

Red Merino

I wanted more red fibre to spin yarn that I could make into stuff for myself. I love spinning all sorts of colour, but I still only wear black and red.

I wanted a third shade of red merino to combine with the other two I already had. The plan is to make rolags with the three shades, and then spin long draw.

Black Silk

I also wanted to add some black to the mix and chose black silk instead of wool.

Shetland

This shetland caught my eye while browsing the shop. Red and green on light grey. Beautiful! I could not resist. While I have a plan for the other two purchases, I am not quite sure how to approach this one.

Do I preserve the colours? Or do I go for barberpoles? Do I spin straight from the top or do I split it first for shorter colour repeats? Chain ply? Fractal? Crepe or a cable? I'll figure it out. Eventually.