Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tour de Fleece Project #5 & #6

I have two Tour de Fleece projects to report for this post. I certainly hope it makes up for a few days of non-sharing;)

Project #5 was spun as a thicker single graduating through the rainbow's color scheme. I know, I originally planned to spin two bobbins of singles and ply them together, but you know me, I'm an instant gratification girl! After going through the first rainbow graduation, I decided to continue spinning on the same bobbin and reverse the colors. Then I wound the single off using a center pull ball winder and plied both the beginning and the end together. I have heard some folks say this method will leave you with skewed yarn, but I have never once had this happen to my finished yarns.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot.... I did something else a little different too..... I spun the single 's' or counter clockwise and plied 'z' or clockwise. Yeah, I know, big no-no in most books, but I am very happy w/ how the yarn turned out. The project it is slated for is a felting one, so I seriously doubt that will matter! Final yardage is 222 and weight is 186 grams or 6.5 ounces.

On to project #6 in the Tour de Fleece challenge. Remember those poppy petals I made the other day? Well, I put them to good use with this yarn! I started with one of my Demented Batts at my shop. This one is full of luscious hand dyed Tunis lamb, merino, mohair and silk noils. It was topped off with a healthy portion of glitz, hemp, sari silk, milk fiber and a smidgen of firestar. Each flower was put together using the yellow circled I made the other day and several other pre-made fabric rose petals. The flowers were spun in as I was core spinning the base yarn. Total yardage is 56. Weight is 88 grams or 3.1 ounces.


Delighted Hands said...

I love the rainbow yarn!! Those poly petals turned out beautifully, too!

Laughingrat said...

The art yarn is really cute! I hear you about plying end-to-end--I don't really see why it would be a problem, and have done it before myself with no issues. It's not my preferred method, but it works fine.

Also, as to reversing your spinning and plying directions--why wouldn't it be okay? Sometimes I think some of the hard and fast rules of spinning are as much a result of tradition/superstitious thinking as anything else.

LunabudKnits said...


I actually prefer to spin most of my yarns this way. I'm an instant gratification gal and quite frankly my bobbins are usually full of midstream

Most of the no-no's I tend not to listen to and are as you say 'tradition/superstition'. I think I get frustrated more than anything when I hear someone say...'Well, so-and-so says in her book not to do it'. Makes me want to do it even more just to see

Other Fun Facts..................

I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.

I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)

'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)