I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the week! I am… in between writing assignments and work I’ve been crafting like crazy and having the best time ever. Over on Ravelry the annual Tour de Fleece is running, and I’m loving it! It began on Saturday 2nd July and runs until Sunday 24th July and participants must spin every day the Tour de France runs except the official days of rest. The Ravelry group is HERE with all the teams, have a look in the discussions, there are some wonderful photos of beautifully spun wool. I’m so inspired…. I’m on Team Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Team Maude & Me (See yesterday’s post… who wouldn’t want to be part of Team Maude & Me!) TDF is hilarious and I’m having so much fun participating.
My first contribution which took the first couple of days is a yarn I spun from Corriedale wool from the Little Wool Company which I drum-carded to blend in the colours, hoping for a mystical, magical, witchy purple.
I’ve named it “Magic” and I’m thrilled that not only is it reasonably even, but also almost 8ply! I have 120gms in total so might blend it with another colour and make a lovely shawl in the future… we’ll see. Corriedale is quite a strong wool, and this has turned out lovely and soft which makes me very happy… KB exclaimed last night that “it’s bouncy!” which is a vast improvement on my first few skeins… God I love this spinning lark!
So speaking of shawls, a couple of posts ago I showed you a photo of some mystery knitting…. It’s finished! A little toooooo soon due to only having 200gms of wool, but that’s OK, it’s smaller than I would like it to be, but still perfect and now I have an excuse to make a bigger one!
This was my first time knitting something triangular from the inside out, well any way really, and it was great fun. It took an embarrassingly long time to work out whether I was knitting up or down but after a few eyelet rows I clicked and it was smooth sailing from there! It is so warm… I adore it as it sits right up around my neck keeping the icy wind out, and there are no bulky ends flapping all around… triangle shawls, you are my new ‘thing.’ So want to see? KB took some shots of me on Sunday morning, she told me I looked like a total poser in my sunnies but I had no make-up on and don’t give a toss really, so here you go! Despite the sunshine it was freezing by the way….
My next shawl will be made from the 450gms of undyed charcoal grey merino I have in my stash, it’s beautiful and will be fabulously soft and cuddly… I just have to get through a few projects before I start it! But I’ll be back soon to show you them, including one that is going to take a while….
Thank you for popping in! I’m going to force myself away from my spinning wheel and go for a vigorous walk in the sunshine. Have yourself a beautiful day!
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