Witching Season

Tour De Fleece 2021 has started off as a rousing success. We had to skip it last year because of the dreaded COVID pandemic but this year, it’s back!! It began 4 days before my #casualcraftalong on Instagram ended (June 26th 2021) and I decided to take that same energy from the make along into this event. The primary making/crafting goal for me this year is to finish, finish, finish and so far so good.

Today’s post features the finish of some rolags I made using a project bag from Sherrill Roy as my inspiration. It’s also the kickoff to a July 2021 to June 2022 timeline of YOP crafty blogging and I couldn’t think of a better way to start! To say that the yarn turned out better than I saw in my mind is an understatement. Watch this space for more inspo to rolag to yarn projects!

Project Details:

  • Rolag Maker: Me
  • Fiber: Merino, Angelina
  • Starting Fiber: 1.3 ozs
  • Ending Skein: 115 yds, 2 ply, fingering weight (230 yds of singles)
  • Tools: DIY blending board, Bosworth and Kerry spindles for initial spin, Maggie for plying (Lendrum Spinning wheel)

I’m very happy with the outcome and looking forward to playing with rolags and painting with fiber some more! Next up is to find a Fall spooky colorwork project to really make this yarn shine.

Are you Tour De Fleecing this year? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “Witching Season

  1. Cinna Knits July 7, 2021 / 8:31 am

    Honestly, I had every intention of spinning for Tour de Fleece this year… but then I just didn’t…. and have mentally moved on. Maybe next year!! (I have so much fiber!)

    Your rolags are awesome, and your finished spin is truly spectacular! It will be beautiful knit up!!

    • Nicky July 7, 2021 / 8:20 pm

      It happens like that sometimes yeah … c’est la vie.

      Thank you so much, I look forward to using this yarn so much. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Becki July 5, 2021 / 12:09 pm

    Your hand-spun yarn is just gorgeous. And your photographer of it is superb. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to seeing what you make during this next YOP year!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:40 pm

      I’m excited about these spins … thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. highlandheffalump July 5, 2021 / 2:13 am

    Sometimes rolags are so pretty I think they should be framed, yours are like that but then look what pretty yarn you make with them.

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much! The yarn turned out better than I saw in my head and I’m excited to make more of these puppies.

  4. Mary-Anne July 4, 2021 / 6:35 pm

    Yes, I am Tour de fleecing too. Your finished yarn is beautiful. I challenged myself today to try backward long draw again. It’s not easy but I am getting better and more consistent. I haven’t been watching the Tour de France – but bingeing Modern Family on Netflix while I spin instead. lol

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:44 pm

      LOL! I’ve been in between Netflixing and the race. We have the some of the same goals … practicing my backward long draw is part of my TDF plan as well.

      Thank you so much for the yarn love.

  5. Ella July 4, 2021 / 3:02 pm

    Lovely, colourful yarn! The rolags looked so lovely as well.

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:44 pm

      Thank you Ella. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Knit One, Spin Too July 4, 2021 / 2:13 pm

    I love your inspiration to yarn! How fun is that? ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™m doing the Tour for the first time in a while – with my main goal being to just spin every day even if itโ€™s only for a bit! Iโ€™ll enjoy watching your spinning for this yearโ€™s tour!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:47 pm

      Honestly, spinning every day is my goal too. In previous years, I tried for yardage and while I also have a sweater spin in my plans I know I’m not going to finish it. I’m not even stressed about that.
      Enjoy TDF!

  7. Sandra Licher July 4, 2021 / 1:26 pm

    YOur spinning turned out lovely. Those colors are fantastic!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you so very much Sandra, it was a delightful spin!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:51 pm

      The project bag was an amazing inspiration piece.

  8. Marsha Noce July 4, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Ooohhh, the yarn turned out gorgeous. You did a bang up job on it. What will you be making with it?

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Marsha! Not sure yet but high on the list is using it for some fall themed colorwork gloves.

  9. knittingissofun July 4, 2021 / 9:08 am

    OMG you are so right!! Absolutely gorgeous yarn!! I’m a sucker for fall colors. Any project plans for the yarn??

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:54 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m thinking possibly some fall themed colorwork gloves.

  10. ceulanfibres July 4, 2021 / 8:36 am

    This looks lovely, what a great start to the Tour. Your rolags are so neat!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Lucy Bowen July 4, 2021 / 8:27 am

    I am not a spinner, but I love watching others! That yarn is gorgeous, I look forward to seeing more!

    • Nicky July 6, 2021 / 5:55 pm

      Thank you Lucy! This year has been great fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

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