Ok, so my participation in Tour de Fleece this year is a little half-assed. I know I have serious stash to spin down, and honestly, the Tour is a good reason to do it.
For those of you unaware, Tour de Fleece is an event that spinners participate in on Ravelry during the Tour de France. There are actual rules for it, most based on what your team affiliation is. Different groups have different rules. I’m not a fan of rules, so we can call this Team KnitHitsTheFan, party of 1.
I waited until late afternoon to start my spinning. I spent the morning straightening up my project corner so I would be ready for that art project I am waiting to start (my twine is in the mail). I found some unassembled hearts, so I seamed and stuffed them. I also did a little bit of weaving. That’s that round thing in the picture above. Trust me, it’ll look better once I get more stuff on it.
Since the holiday was on a Friday, I moved knit night to Saturday. It was a good reason to get together and start the Tour off right. Court brought her supported spindle to spin on, and I rocked Lucy all evening.
I guess my first day wasn’t too shabby. I thread plied 176 yards of wool single that I had sitting on a bobbin from about a week ago. I also busted through 4 ounces of 20% Milk protein/20% Seacell/60% Wool that I got from Creatively Dyed a few years back. I have three 4 ounce braids, so I am planning on spinning them all, then plying all three together.
I hope to come up with a plan of attack for my fiber, but I know how ADD I am. I’ll just end up pulling things out of the stash willy-nilly and and if I get bored spinning a color, I’ll switch to another. That is pretty much how I operate.
It has not been an easy road, but I am slowly getting there.
I started Big Al at least three times. Ripping out because I was unsure about gauge…ripping out again because of twisted yarn…I was starting to feel like a complete novice. I thought maybe I was losing my knitting mojo.
I hope I am not jinxing it, but I feel like I am on track now. My Miss Bab’s yarn has held up well despite my abuse. I am being extra careful, but not going so crazy that I can’t work on this project while I catch up on my favorite television. I am really liking the way it is turning out so far.
And now that I am getting a handle on double knitting, Courtney has talked me into trying a steeking project. I am not sure where it will fall in the queue for this year, but I already have all the yarn I need for it. Court frogged the Mountain View Cardigan that has been sitting half-knit in my stash closet and wound it into the most amazing center pull balls. It’s ready to be Oranje now.
While I’ve been in the midst of taking care of all of the things one needs to take care of when they have had their house burglarized, I decided to take a little Ravelry break. Imagine my surprise when I found this:
I had been intending to do this project… sticking the pattern in my wish list so I wouldn’t forget it. I had just had a discussion with Courtney about this being my playoff knitting project. See, my home team is the Red Wings…and in Hockeytown we have something we call Big Al.
I’ve been putting it off. I needed to get my current project done first. I knew I would have a hard time picking it back up again if I put it down to start this. It’s pretty much how I operate these days. I decided to torture myself by keeping the yarn in front of my while I knit on my Lunar Progression.
Well, the Red Wings were eliminated, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still have have a playoff knit, I guess. I decided to dive in and start double knitting on my very own Big Al. It’s my first time doing this, so I am a little nervous.
As for my Lunar Progression…well, more on that later…
The kids heading back to school means I better get my butt back to getting stuff done!
Baah Yarns website is here.
You can check out the California Poppy pattern here.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up (admittedly late) this morning and saw a tweet from redshirtknitting saying that Ravelry was beta testing a new feature for spinners! Hooray! It’s almost too good to be true.
For quite some time I have been adding my hand spun yarn to the database, but like you would add commercial yarn. I would forever have to, if I wasn’t feeling lazy that day, try and enter notes about the characteristics of the yarn. Is it a 2 ply? 3 ply? What was my WPI again? If I didn’t enter all the info at that particular moment, some of the info might be lost to time and my poor memory.
I decided to opt in for the beta testing and try plugging a skein of my new tour de fleece yarn in.
I like that it pretty much covers everything I might possibly need as far fields. Ratio? Twist angle? But I do everything according to “feel”! Crap…I’m going to have to start paying attention to my spinning, aren’t I? I also like that all the hand spun that I had entered “ghetto” style had already populated the hand spun tab. I love it when I have less work to do!
Maybe this means I can start adding my fiber to my actual stash. I had added a couple of braids, but it was kind of a pain, so I stopped.
Thanks to Tour de Fleece and Ravelry, I see not only stash busting, but some serious stash organization, in my near future!
I just released my newest pattern. Sammy the Three Toed Sloth is now available in my Ravelry store! Check it out!
One of the patterns I test knit recently just went live on Ravelry. I can actually talk about it. Yesssss!
This is the Lutine Cap by Alex Tinsley. It is a cute little cap that is super easy to knit up. Of course, I love Alex’s patterns, so when she put the call out for test knitters, I jumped at the chance.
The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn held doubled. I used some Koigu KPPPM that was lying around in my stash.
Of course, trying to take pictures of your own head while not looking at the camera is super easy, right? I always seem to get some interesting gems while attempting to take photos of myself. This is just the latest one…
I’m calling this “My Blue Period”, which is appropriate since I had my hairdresser pop some blue into my hair yesterday.
Patience has never been something that comes easy for me. Imagine how painful it is for me to go onto Ravelry and check out The Unique Sheep’s Mystery KAL forums. Oh my goodness, I check my email multiple times a day just to see if they’ve emailed to say it’s been dyed and on it’s way. The anticipation is killing me.
Yesterday, there was a post with colorways for the upcoming KAL. I started drooling when I saw this…
The color I chose on the base I chose! I wonder what the beads will look like?
This is not the greatest video. The audio is pretty bad…but I do get called a nerd by Shannon Okey and she high-fives me later. So I think it is pretty awesome. I am really only posting it though because I had mentioned it to my friend Kata.
I will bust myself for excessive use of “woohoo”. For the record I had been drinking a little (ya know, so I could find the nerve to go introduce myself to Ysolda Teague).
…that I forgot to mention something really special that happened.
Towards the end of the night, I saw some ladies off to the side eyeing my Valsez dans l’abime. I didn’t think anything of it as I am pretty proud of that silly sweater that caused me so much distress. It really turned out gorgeous and has gotten a lot of compliments.
A little while later, Suzanne came by with a woman to who wanted to chat with me. It happened to be the girl who started the whole ball rolling on my Pas De Valse obsession.
I had met her in line at Stitch N’ Pitch 2010 while I waited to get a Dodger Dog. She was wearing this beautiful sweater and I just HAD to ask her what the pattern was.
So here she was, Suzanne brought her over to chat. She was admiring my sweater earlier and complimented me on it. Suzanne started to tell her how she wishes she could find the woman who inspired her to knit one of her favorite shawls so she can thank her for prompting her to knit it. Suzanne is very much a woman who likes things to come full circle.
I was thrilled to see her again! I think it is really important to let people know when they are the source of inspiration for you.
So thank you, Jooleeyet! I really am glad I got the opportunity to see you again!