Between getting sidetracked by the Ravelry Tour de Fleece and trying to get ready for Sock Summit another month has spun by with not as much to show for it as I’d planned. Still, things have been done, or are getting close. (12 days left!)
First up the spinning accomplished for the TdF
Fiber: 4 ounces Limegreenjelly merino/tencel/angelina blend spun two-ply.
Yardage: ca 460 yds
Equipment: Louet Victoria
This was great fiber to spin and I very much enjoyed being on Jo’s Jelly Legs Team that I’ve signed up to be on her new Jelly Legs Forum. Note to self: Stop signing into new forums on Ravelry!
Meanwhile, I’ve been madly knitting socks for the Sock Summit (what else?). Pity I’m such a slow knitter! You’ll have to take my word for it that I knit Ed a pair of socks. I keep forgetting to take pictures of them. Nor have I thought to take a picture of the socks in progress for me to wear.
The green yarn is Cascade 220 used to tie bouts of 50 as I wrapped the freshly spun yarn around the niddy noddy.
Specs: 4 ounces Crown Mountain Farms Corriedale pencil roving (can’t find the tag for the colorway)
3 ply (not chain plyed) ca 365 yards.
My socks are almost finished. I’m doing both at the same time. Well, sort of. I knit a couple inches on one, then a couple inches on the other. They are vanilla plain, toe up socks. No time for fancy these days.
My main spinning for the Tour de Fleece was spindling while exercising. My first choice wasn’t that great what with more vm than I like. Grannie Linda suggested just leaving it in and letting the wash take care of it. Problem is, some of it’s very fine, hard pieces of matter that poke and stick. It seems that if I leave it in it’ll be full of tiny irritants. I remember reading some time back, that people who think they’re allegic to wool are more likely reacting to fiber that hasn’t been well cleaned, it’s the vm that’s causing the rashes.
My modus operandus for 15 – 20 minutes many days during the TdF.
During the long wet days of winter Ed set his bike up on the back porch so we’d be more diligent about exercising. Going nowhere for 20 minutes is downright mind-numbing and it didn’t take too many days before my spindle was learning to avoid the pedal. On Saturday I decided it was time to capture my spinning adventure (heehee). The camera set, Record clicked, hop on the bike and away to spinning. The video was edited and posted to YouTube that evening. I’d love to have you see it! Spinning Spinner .
(I thought about putting it directly in this post but didn’t for the sake of dial-up users)
A heat wave has moved into the Pacific Northwest. Yesterday we had temps to 98, today we hit 100, forecast for tomorrow is 102! Hot. We manage to keep it a bit cooler in the house by closing all windows, doors and drapes by 9am. The catalpa tree we planted 22 years ago has gone large enough to spread its cooling shade well over a good portion of the south side of the house. Tomorrow I may just have to take the time to dash over to the creek for a good cool down. Along with hordes of others.
The flower fields are in full bloom.