Last Sunday was the last day of the Tour de Fleece, and I managed to still get some more spinning in. Of course, I have not finished my newest monochrome spinning project yet. So here is my photo of the result!
The large, colourful skein started out like this:
I combined them into 32 rolags, together with a bit of firestar. The result is a nice surprise!
The silver fibre started out like this:
I made 48 rolags out of these 300 grams of fibre, and I have spun a little over a third during the Tour de Fleece.
This year’s Tour was less productive for me than previous Tours, because of the ongoing heatwave here in The Netherlands. My body doesn’t like heat, especially the ridicilously high temperatures of last week (37 degrees Celsius!). I have mild orthostatic intolerance, and heat worsens it. On Friday, the hottest day yet, I laid in bed almost the whole day because sitting or standing up gave me a headache and made me feel dizzy. Fortunately, on Saturday the weather changed, and I felt alive again!
On those hot 30+ days I hardly spun at all, so I’m quite amazed that I still managed to spin a nice amount of yarn. I also really enjoyed these two contrasting projects. The colourful one is still lying close by for admiring and petting. The silver one is still in progress, and I managed to fill up another 5 spindles since Sunday. I’ve passed the halfway mark!
After spinning the silver, I may decide to weave something with the colourful yarn. I’m looking forward to picking up weaving again after hibernating my loom for more than half a year. It’s winking at me from its resting spot, so it’s time to get it out again. I don’t know yet what the silver yarn will become, but I may knit a small cardigan/shrug type of garment. For now, I just keep on spinning.
My final Tour de Fleece meterage is quite high! The colourful skein turned out to be 1167 meters, and I have spun about 1350 meters of singles of the silver fibre. That means that I have spun 1167 * 3 = 3500 meters of coloured singles, plus 1350 meters of silver singles, plus 1167 meters of plying – that’s about 6 kilometers of spinning/plying!
I participated in the MirkwoodArts team again this year, and I apparently spun the most yardage in the group, which means that I have won a prize! Tibor is making me a commemorative Smaug spindle:
It’s really unexpected, and I’m very grateful! Smaug will be well-fed on a high-fibre diet here 🙂