Day 22 of the Tour de Fleece? Already?
It’s been a while since I recorded my progress here, and it looks like I don’t have a lot to show, but my goodness, the lace. I finally got the last of my second single spun on Friday, and spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday plying. Now, I did manage to pick up a throat infection last week, which you might think slowed me up a little, but truth be told it gave me the opportunity to sit about doing little more than plying, which normally wouldn’t happen. Those three days were a busy three days – I’m very pleased with the finished result.
90g/978 yards of 42 wpi laceweight, spun from bluefaced leicester wool tops from bluefaced.com
Now, I *did* start out with 100g of fibre, and this –
is the main reason I’ll be spinning lace on my spindle from now on – 7g of snapped singles. (I think the other 3g must have ended up in the hoover?!)
Tuesday and Wednesday I did a little spinning towards my challenge day (and caught up with the housework and shopping that I couldn’t face at the weekend), and yesterday I plied and washed this little beauty –
Which might not look like much – and indeed, it’s only 9g/23 yds, so I’m not getting a jumper out of that – but it’s worsted, which I do struggle to make, so I’m happy with my results for challenge day.
Today’s spinning will be limited to this evening, and I’d contemplated doing some spinning towards a colourwork project. I think I want to make some mittens, with a variegated and a complimentary solid yarn, but as we’re going to be away again tomorrow and overnight, there’s no way I’d get that done in time for the end of the Tour and be happy with the results. I’m going to instead work on a thick/thin single and attempt a little corespinning, plying on the final day. This means I can either try and whip up a high twist single on the spindle while I’m away, or source a decent thread for the same purpose.
But right now, I’m off up the allotment to lift my shallots!