Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tour de Fleece Day 8

Yeah! I'm finally finished spinning my 8 oz of Jacob. I found it much harder to spin a consistent yarn with the backward draw.  I will have to practice it much more in the future. For now I am going back to my aaw alpaca with a nice simple forward draw and give my brain a break :)

I had a pesky kidney stone this week so everything slowed down, I still made sure to spin every day but a couple of days I could only do it for 5 min :(

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tour de Fleece Day 3

Day 3 I was able to ply the three bobbins I made on days 1 and 2. 
I've been working on getting my school curriculum together for the kids next year so not much else is going to happen today:(

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tour de Fleece Day 2

It's day 2 of the tour de fleece!

I've spun 4oz of Jacob using a long backward draw and WOW is it hard to keep it consistent.
I will start plying these tomorrow. Then I will start on the next 4 oz. I sooo hope it gets easier:)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tour de Fleece

I'm so excited tomorrow I get to start the Tour de Fleece!

My father was a cyclist and I remember having the Tour de France on TV every July.  I also remember grabbing my blanket and pillow to sleep in the back of the car while my mom was driving the support vehicle during various local races.  I may have complained at the time about getting up so early, but they are fond memories now! I try to remember that when my kids complain about an activity we're doing.

Well this is my year to wear the yellow jersey, doing exactly what I love.

My goal is to spin 8oz of Jacob with a long backward draw.
I have never spun Jacob before. When I pulled it out of the bag it had nice sheepy smell to it.
I normally spin with a short forward draw so this will move me out of my comfort zone a bit.
We'll see what happens!

 I will be spinning for team Kromski on my Sonata.

Who are you spinning for this year?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A New Adventure pt 3

Here are the winning gloves!
After looking at a ton of patterns my daughter finally decided on these.
The pattern is Pianissimo Mitts by Becky Herrick and was published in Interweave Knits Summer 2012. It can also be found at Ravelry

This was my first time knitting lace and using a chart. I messed up the pattern a little on the right glove, but didn't realize it until I had finished the left one. Oops!

When I make these again I will need to block it more aggressively so they look lacier.
They were actually pretty easy to knit, once I got the hang of following the lace chart. I hope to make a pair for myself before winter.