Thursday, 19 July 2018

what day are we on?

I think this is day 12??

I'm losing count, however this is my Wednesday spinning, I gave up on the ryland as I really needed something that would spin easily and without too much effort last night.

I settled for what I hope :-) is the last of the Jacob /texel. This has been a fun fleece to spin but it was huge!!

Good progress and a good shade to include in my fair isle knitting. I'm packing some Jacob with my travel wheel ready for the weekend as I hope to grab an hour or two to sit and listen to music and spin outside.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

TDF day 10 & 11, back to the day job


Annual leave is over so my spinning time is GREATLY diminished, today's effort is a bit of Ryland.

and to distract you all from the lack of spinning, here is my go to wheel...

for some reason I always get strange looks at some spinning meets, and smiles from children.

Update, todays (day11|) spinning, spent most of my free time setting up new internet hub and now too tired to really do anything.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

TDF day 7,8,9


I always knew that this would be a minimal spinning weekend as we had arranged to take the van over to a campsite near Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales so we could meet up with some friends who were attending a motorcycle rally there.

I will start with a photo of the amount I spun over the three days....

Now this is the first time that I've really got to grips with this little Turkish spindle and I think I may take it on holiday later in the year as I found that I can spin on it whilst travelling in the van.

Anyway, back to the trip. We booked a couple of nights on the campsite and walked from there up into leyburn on Friday night for a pint. I still have problems with my foot/ankle /leg so the 3 mile round trip was a challenge but I made it although I was pretty sore by the time we got back.

I had a rude awakening at around 4am by what sounded like a peacock!! well I really thought I had dreamt it until a young girl walked past later waving a peacock feather around.

Started the day with some spinning, breakfast and a look round the site.

The site itself is located in a former quarry, a little bit weird as you have to go up a hill to get in then slowly work your way down the different levels looking for a pitch. We ended up at the bottom alongside the Wensleydale railway which, unfortunately, wasn't running steam this weekend.

There is still evidence of the limestone quarry as the remains of the kilns are still standing.

This campsite also has more wildlife that any other visited so far, ducks, moorhens, bats , rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs and YES the peacock!

It was back into leyburn later on the Saturday ( on crutches this time) to catch up with the gossip after a brief stop off at the railway.

and before we left this morning, Ian found a present from the peacock.

All together it was a really good weekend, a little warm but we shouldn't really complain about that ! Just a little sad that we had to head back home so soon.

Friday, 13 July 2018

TDF day 6


Day six already, sadly this means that I'm back at work next week and my spinning time will be very limited.

Good progress on the Jacob, I finished the second bobbin and plyed the yarn, a bit of yarn chicken but I got pretty much all of it on the bobbins.

So thats 3 bobbins of plyed yarn so far, two Jacob (see above) and one Ryland

This weekend is going to involve little spinning but some motorbikes and pubs so the next update will probably be Sunday/Monday.

have fun :-)

Thursday, 12 July 2018

TDF day 5...sorting out the portable version

Up to now I'm spinning everyday on my wheel/wheels which is good for me and keeps the yarn production going.

But I need spinning that is portable as I will be away on Saturday without a wheel so a spindle would be good.

I had a quick practise last night so I guess this spinning is day 4 :-) combed southdown which is actually destined for the wheel. I still can't make up my mind on which spindle to use. Definitely not the big one as I'm washing some Shetland that is quite fine. Maybe the smaller one which is 17 gram or I may raid the collection for something sized a bit in-between these two.

I have a couple of Russian spindles that I would like to master to use in the van, maybe I'll dig them out as well,

The Shetland washed up well and I'm playing with it on the small spindle.

I also spun maybe 3/4  of a bag of Jacob this afternoon.

more tomorrow x

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

TDF day 4, quick update

Hi, I finished and plyed the ryeland, next up? not really sure.. maybe a lucky dip :-)

Since the weather is still good I thought I would at least have a look at my purchases from the weekend although I doubt that I will get chance to wash them.

The ouessant fleece...

Shetland #1

Shetland #2

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

TDF day 3, they came to take down the fence.

Remember the ryeland that  grabbed me yesterday? It's nearly all on two bobbins, just a little to finish tomorrow morning. I stayed up last night making lots of little nests and ended up with 84gm of nice fibre from the 200gm bag. I know that doesn't sound like much but there is always more rubbish with combing because it gets the rubbish out ( if you know what I mean) and its such a nice fibre prep that spins really easily and works with my fair isle knitting.

For anyone who is new to my blog, this is why I like natural coloured fleece. I hope this explains my obsession with British fleece.

The reason why I'm off work this week is that the fencing men are due to replace our garden fence, it was to be today but the late delivery of fencing panels means that it will now start tomorrow. This has unfortunately put a stop to my plan to wash the fleece purchased at the weekend :-( I usually put it on the clothes airer in the middle of the lawn but the remains of a tree have stopped that and I really don't want the men to be wearing the fleece by the end of the day!

Monday, 9 July 2018

TDF day two, the fibre keeps sticking to me !

When I prep fibre I usually comb it into little nests and squeeze them into bags which generally hold just under 100gram. Some bags are oddments and ends of fleece so they will end up being plyed from centre pull balls, other times I will have a couple of bags so these I will spin and ply as usual.

I've finished the first bag of the tour :-)

This is the Jacob that I started yesterday and it will now hang around until I get round to spinning the next bag or run out of bobbins.

Since we are currently having a 'heatwave 'over here I took advantage and wash 200gm of ryeland purchased yesterday simply because I quite liked the colour of it.

Now, I'm the girl who always find that her latest fleece process is her favorite purchase so instead of spinning tonight I will be prepping little nests ready for spinning.

Hopefully I will be spinning these at some point tomorrow.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

And they're off!!

2nd attempt !! blogger managed to delete the last version of this post just as I finished it ! and failed to save a copy. So I am now well pi***sed off but I will get myself a coffee and try again ( once I've calmed down a bit)

Ok, caffeine ingested…

(tour de fleece,  a spinning challenge that runs alongside the tour de France, you set your own gaols and challenges and many of us join a group or two to encourage others. More details on Ravelry or Tour de Fleece 2018 page on facebook. You will find that many other groups if you search on line. I simply aim to spin every day to spin down the stash and increase my yarn stock)

I started the TDF early on the first day with some rather nice Jacob fleece. I'm using my Kromski Sonata as my main wheel, the Victoria and spindles will make an appearance when I'm out and about.

That's about 50gm so far.

To kick off the tour in style I went to the Wool Experience at Blaze farm with fellow spinner Pete to do a bit of shopping and spend some time catching up with the gossip.

Our first stop was to get a pulled pork cob for breakfast before heading out to the barn. Once there we made a bee line for the fleece stall and depleted their stock slightly!

Soon we settled down to spin with swallows swooping in above us to feed their young and sheep making us aware of their presence at the other end of the barn.

Every so often the sound of shears drifted across as another sheep lost their coat and given the temperatures I guess they were very thankful .

On the way back we ran into the usual country traffic jam and even spotted a water mill :-)

More about the fleeces purchased, TDF progress and chit chat next time