Ascend the hill and drift through the dip
Round the curve, just a mile away
Bright colors march across the field.
A violet banner among the greens and gold
Catches the breath of those who wander.
Only a brief walk today to snap the flowers.
Day five of Tour de Fleece: plying for an hour first thing this morning, and another hour this evening as we watched a short dvd.
Total Plying time so far: 4hours, 10minutes. The first couple hours (slow learner!) I struggled with consistent tension, speed and feed-in. While I may be rounding out a second year of spinning, most of it has been done on the spindle. Sitting at the wheel and plying endlessly feels like a new experience. Spinning has been something I do more for the joy, rhythm and contemplation rather than for actual production.
It’s sobering to find out I’ve actually only spun enough yarn for a couple different projects in the past year. (Not counting yards and yards of silk for bookmarks and bracelets.) Confession time: I have yet to knit with my handspun; the two batches of sock yarn I span were given to friends. Discouraging. This Tour de Fleece is giving me excellent focus on a couple goals.
First, ply all the corriedale, camel. Second, spin a spindling for color skein for socks that I will knit.