Tour de Fleece Round-up July 27 2016

Hello all! It’s Freya here, taking over the blog once again to update you all on my Tour de Fleece!

Firstly, I have a confession to make: I did not manage to spin every day during the TdF. “For shame!” I hear you cry!  Well, it turned out that my birthday and my birthday trip to London both fell within the time limit – for the former I spent a lot of time making my bungalow respectable for visitors, and the latter was spent mostly dressed up as Han Solo and running around Star Wars Celebration Europe, so very little spinning was done there either!

I did manage to finish a couple of things, though, and I am pretty darned proud of how they turned out.

The first was shade no.2 in a gradient set that I’ve challenged myself to spin from just three different fibres: a silvery Norwegian, a darker grey Icelandic and an almost-black Norwegian.  Here’s a picture showing how I’ve split the fibre, with the one I spun up during the TdF highlighted:

It’s my first 3-ply yarn and only the second time I’ve ever used my beautiful Kromski Lazy Kate to help me ply. Here it is under the first shade, which really shows the difference:

I’m very happy with this. I also spun up some of the darker singles ready for the next shade too!

My second yarn is one I’d been meaning to work on for a while, as a companion to some I’d already spun earlier in the year. I originally started a Boneyard shawl with the first yarn only to find I didn’t have anywhere near enough, so decided to spin a contrasting colourway – while the first yarn used red-purple fiber plied with some beautiful turquoise mohair/cotton singles, this time I chose to use blue/turquoise fiber plied with a red/purple kid merino/silk single.  Here are some photos!

I am very, very happy with the way that this has turned out, and I can’t wait to see my Boneyard finished.

What did you spin in this year’s Tour de Fleece? Why not let us know! You can email me at Freya@ayarnstory.co.uk or use the Ravelry group for the shop to show off all your hard work.

Until next time!

- Freya