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LaughingLark
« on: June 30, 2013 02:22:15 PM »

Anyone else doing Tour de Fleece this year? I'd love to see what you are working on!

I just recently started coming out of a very long creative slump, and I decided to commit to doing a lot of spinning during the Tour.

Here are my first yarns:
Day 1
 Romney lamb locks. This is my first attempt at coreless core spinning, and I'm hooked. One is a single, one is plied with a skinny wool single.


Day 2
THis is some Suffolk that I kettle dyed, and I'm just flicking it a bit, and spinning it from the locks. I tried making batts out of some of this fleece last year, and made a hot mess of it. I think I like just flicking it better. This will be for Saori weaving, so it's okay if it's a bit rustic. When I have been running into nepps, I'm just letting them contribute themselves to the yarn. It's fun and relaxing to spin this way. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013 03:23:30 PM »

These are lovely! I love the colors from day 2!
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013 05:36:00 PM »

Great spins!!  My plans for TdF are to finish spinning the 3 ply woollen merino I started last month, and then spin up 2lbs of carded shetland 3 ply as well!
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013 09:32:24 PM »

Thanks!  Smiley

I got another day 2 yarn done today. Not the best photo, since it is late at night and my flash distorted the colors. This is alpaca and silk strips that have been core spun and then plied.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013 06:44:26 AM »

Wow!  Great yarns LL.  I tried core spinning a few years ago and must have been doing something wrong because it was stiff. Yours looks so soft and squooshy!

Not doing TdF again this year, maybe some year!
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013 07:10:47 AM »

Laughing_Lark, do you mind if we use this thread as our 2013 photo sharing thread?  Also, did you know that we have a Rav thread? http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/tour-de-fleece/2590483/1-25

Your second day 2 yarn is lovely!
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LaughingLark
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013 05:44:11 PM »

Not at all, Belladune! Go for it! The more yarn pics, the merrier!

I did not know about the Craftster thread there. I looked a couple of weeks ago, but I guess it hadn't been started yet. I'll drop into that thread later this evening. Thanks for the link. Smiley

Thanks, MLF. I've learned that you have to pick your fibers open until you can see through them. Also, I learned about corespinning from a video that Lexi Boeger shared (and that I cannot find right now for the life of me). Lexi gently laid the wisps of fiber over the core, and then she kept opening and drafting them by doing a motion with all of her fingertips that she likened to tickling a kitty under the chin. Combed top or roving will go on very thick unless it gets opened up a whole lot. I don't like to core-spin top, because it comes out like rope. Drum carder preparations picked wayyyyy open work the best for me. My favorite core material is plain old Mayville weavers rug warp. It's very strong and just rough enough to grab and hold the fibers.



 

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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013 06:42:34 PM »

Cool.
This is my day 2 (I had a late start, since I got home from school on day one) spinning.  Technically I only spun 1.5 bobbins yesterday, but I needed the room for my next endeavour.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And on day 3 I plied it.  It's Merino, from hand carded rolags.  Still unfinished.

Untitled by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

I've started on my big project, but no pictures yet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2013 10:27:26 AM »

Lark, I am LOVING that suffolk!  I hope you'll post pics of your SAORI weaving too.  I took a SAORI class once, and that is really the style of weaving that appeals to me the most.

Bella, is that a 3 ply yarn?  Looks so squishy and soft!  I admire you for hand carding the wool.  I find that I don't have much patience for hand carding, though to be fair, I've only tried it a couple of times.
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2013 07:38:17 PM »

It is a 3 ply.  I've taken to enjoying carding by hand.  But only for smaller amounts. Wink  That's about 6 oz.
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