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!

Cherry Blossoms At Night

My professional life has been taking up a lot of my time lately so all I’ve been able to work on craft-wise is spinning. It’s been easy to just pick up my spindle and meditatively add fluff until a cop of yarn appears; spinning is one of the ultimate stress relievers, believe you me!

I have had quite a few projects on my wheels and spindles lately. I started a #casualcraftalong (#casualcraftalong2021) with my instagram crafty buddies with the goal of finishing our WIPs without the pressure a typical knitalong or crochetalong or spinalong brings. The goal from May to June 30th is to finish what we started — even if it’s only one project. My last YOP post showed you two projects I’ve completed the spinning for and I have three more. The current one is from Inglenook Fibers Armchair Traveling series and it’s from the 3rd month’s “trip” to Japan. For that installment I received the Cherry Blossoms At Night batt. The batt came with a note that the fiber contained lanolin so it is advisable to spin it sooner rather than later. As an aside, while lanolin has skin nourishing benefits, the greasy consistency of it makes spinning fiber hard the longer the lanolin stays in the fiber. The lanolin content in this batt did not warrant washing the fiber beforehand (plus that would have been insanity to try to wash it out of a prepared batt before spinning) but spinning it sooner rather than later is optimal and I’m glad the seller made a note of advising that course of action for the benefit of spinners who don’t know how lanolin reacts.

So far, I split the batt into the obvious colorways making up the batt and am spinning one color per spindle. To finish the individual spins, I’m going to join the spindle cops then chain ply them into 1 skein. So far, I’m done 4 spindles worth:

I’m a big fan of Inglenook Fibers products and this has been a joy to spin so far. I keep spinning so I can get to the next color so this project is going faster than I expected it to go. I have one color left (which I’ve already started) then that’s it. The next time you see this project, it’s going to be in a finished skein — I can’t wait to check my yardage. My default skein is usually between sport and DK weight, I’m aiming for fingering on this one.

Tour De Fleece 2021 is scheduled to start on June 26th 2021 and since it coincides with the end of the #casualcraftalong, my goal is to finish all the spins, then add plying the 5 skeins as part of my TDF 2021 goals. In addition to plying and finishing these projects for TDF 2021, I’m also spinning the below with the Inglenook Fibers team:

The set is a beauty ain’t it?!!! Right now, I just need to focus and not let this beauty distract me. I MUST finish the spins on my outstanding projects then get ready for Tour De Fleece! My TDF plans is another post in itself! 😀

Happy Sunday to each of you and cheers for a great week ahead! ❤