Tour de Fleece 2015 is over! I am currently taking a few days off of spinning and trying to work on some knitting. But, first things first, allow me to do a recap of my personal Tour de Fleece.
As posted in the last blog, I started out with the Ocean Depths colourway and ended up spinning my finest yarn yet, definitely in the fingering weight category. I got over 1100yds of 2ply from about 10oz. It’s so beautiful and I can’t wait to make it into a shawl.
|I seriously can’t stop smooshing it.|
All of the fibre I spun for Tour de Fleece was from Juliespins, and the next braid I had in mind was Monet’s Sketchbook. Like Ocean Depths, it was 80% Merino and 20% Black Tussah Silk. I absolutely loved spinning this blend, it was so soft and spun like butter.
|Here is the braid before spinning. The colour isn’t great in this photo but it’s a gradient of purples and blues to green.|
I decided to fractal spin this. Basically you divide the top (fibre) into however many sections you’d like and then divide each section more and more. The above link gives a much better explanation of what fractal spinning is. For Monet’s Sketchbook, I decided to make a 3-ply. So, I divided the braid into 3 pseudo equal pieces, and the second section I divided into 3 pieces and the third section I divided into 6 pieces.
|It looked so pretty on the bobbin.|
I was very interested, and a little excited to see how this experiment of mine would turn out, and I was pretty thrilled. This actually turned out to be one of my most favourite skeins I’ve spun so far.
|On the skein winder|
|Finished. 390 yds, 3ply|
With one week to go on Tour de Fleece, and plans to go to Calgary Folkfest on Saturday, I was feeling really intimidated. All I had left to spin was the Tartan, 100% Shetland, but, it was 15oz – eeeeek! In comparison, Monet’s Sketch and Ocean Waves had totalled about 16 oz between them and it took me two weeks to spin them. I was aiming for a thicker, more worsted/bulky weight yarn with the shetland, so I hadn’t given up hope completely yet.