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!

The Multiple Titled Post …

First of all, thank you so very much for all the spin and spindle love from the last post. The comments and private emails encouraged me to plan some “Meet The Maker” posts featuring the spindle makers so stay tuned for that.

Today’s post has multiple working titles — “In Support of an Instagram Fast”, “Nourish”, “Fast Finish”, “Spin, Spin, Spin” — titles which all make sense when I think of this week’s crafty finish. I can ramble on and on and on about Instagram, how much I love it, how many relationships I formed there, how much it upsets me at what the platform has become and how much I despise being at the mercy of an algorithm. What really got my attention was how much time I spent on the platform, how weary it was making me, how much the insta posting was not meeting my need to document my makes, reads or express my thoughts fully and how much I was not engaging in the creative pursuits I enjoy.

The push I needed came when I looked at the time record in my profile. I averaged 3 hours daily on the platform. To say I was shocked was an understatement — it never seemed that long in my mind, especially since I didn’t stay on in one long interval. I thought of all the mindless scrolling, all the comparison, the time wasted and I wasn’t happy. The weekend following my “revelation” I looked at the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”. That was it! I wouldn’t say more about the documentary but if you have a Netflix account, take a look then let me know — I’d love to hear what you think about it.

So I quit … cold turkey.

I’m still on the platform, my account is still active but I worked my way down from a 3 hours, 15 mins daily average to 15 mins in 10 days.

In the time I’ve quit mindless scrolling, I finished the spin featured in this post, taught myself to use a double drive spinning wheel, finished 2 books, started a crochet project, done some meal planning and cooked more. In other words — I nourished myself, had a fast spin finish, spun, spun then spun some more and am fully in favor of Instagram fasts — no matter how little a person uses the platform.

I’ll show you the crochet throw next week, it should be finished by then but in the mean time: here’s Comfort and Joy — spindle spun and plied (2 ply). The resulting yarn is definitely light fingering and all that’s left to finish the skeins is to wash them. From the almost 2.5 ozs, I got 422 yds in singles and 211 in 2 ply. Next task is to look for a worthy project.

Still Reading: The Raybearer and loving it!

Hope your week is going well and cheers for a good rest of it. ❤

Joining Kat and friends for “Unraveled Wednesdays” to see what everyone is crafting and reading.