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!

Determination

I’m not even going to start going on about the Harry Potter House Cup on Ravelry.  Y’all already know what a Potterhead I am so let me just get to the project.

The Quidditch cup matches have been insane this term and the fourth match was a speed round.  We were given 6 projects to choose from — knit & crochet — to test our concentration and speed abilities.  First day submission equals maximum points and with all the other houses gunning for Slytherin this term (we are three in a row, Quidditch cup and House cup champions) it was all systems go on the first submission day.   This was one time I was extremely glad that I know how to knit and crochet.   My submission was this slouch:

Slytherin Girl I

Slytherin Girl III

Pattern: the Hadley Slouch and my  Ravelry notes are here.

I finished this in 2.5 hours and will definitely do it again.  My fingers were in pain from the death grip I wielded on that hook but I got it done in time!   It didn’t fit me like a slouch although it fit Ziva (my hat dummy) just like it should.  On my head with my fro unleashed, it fits like a beanie.  I think I’ll work the pattern again and add  extra rows to the body to make it more slouchy for my head/hair.

The other crafty bug that’s gotten under my skin is spinning.  My spinning wheel and I are still not talking so I’ve gone back to spinning on my spindle.  Well … as at yesterday.  I honestly think I need to sit with someone to help me with wheel spinning but the places I’ve contacted in NY regarding wheel spinning classes want upwards of $595 and I just don’t have that laying around right now.  LOLOL!  Even if I did, I still don’t think I’d want to pay that much for classes.   One woman even told me that I MUST take her studio’s spindling class before she would have me in her wheel class and that first class is upwards of $195.  Needless to say I declined because there is NO place in spinning history where spindling MUST precede wheel spinning.  NO PLACE!  Some crafters do one or the other or both, but there’s absolutely no learning “order” so I let that go too.  But I’m determined — I’m going to be on someone’s Tour De Fleece’s team in July.  So as at today, I plan to spin for 30 mins a day.  My goal is to start learning to ply by the end of the month.  Fingers crossed!  No scratch that … I’m going to do this!!!!

I posted this pic on IG but ended up changing my spindle to a Bosworth high whorl one instead of the Turkish one shown.

spindle and fiber

I also changed the fiber.  The fiber I chose initially need a shorter draw and at this point I only know how to spin using the long draw.  The spindle was a little wobbly and unbalanced but I believe it’s because I was trying to do a long draw on short staple length fiber.  The fiber kept breaking and the spindle kept crashing to the floor.  I guess they’re not named drop spindles for nothing.  I switched fibers to BFL (Blue Face Leicester) that has a long staple length making it easier for beginners to work with and I used my Bosworth which is worth every dime!!!  Good for me, one of the teams I supported at my old job gave it to me as a thank you gift on my last day before the agency closed.   Now I think I need another well balanced high whorl spindle so I could split my fiber and get to plying faster.

So there you have it.  Some of my goals for the next couple of months.   What are you planning to work on?

ETA: this post was brought to you by the letter U for Umpire: something to do with sports in my Scavenger Hunt 2015 Stashdown challenge.