Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tour de Fleece Day 23: Finish Line!

On the last day of the Tour de Fleece, I plied my sample of Santa Cruz fleece, getting a few yards each of 2-ply and chain-plied 3-ply:

It doesn't feel as soft as I'd expect a merino-type sheep to be, but I still need to work with this to see what I can do with hand carders and a woolen preparation. Carders may get out more of the vegetative bits, too. It sure has the lanolin content of a merino-type. Even after soaking in hot water and detergent several times to get all the dirt out, I still feel sheep grease!

I also got started on the hand-dyed BFL that came all the way from England:

Those lovely sherbet colors might make a nice spring shawl.

And here's the final TDF count:

480 yards silk/wool (4 oz), 360 yards pygora (2 oz), 130 yards qiviut (1 ounce), for a total of 7 ounces and 1000 yards, plus the Santa Cruz samples and at least 1/2 ounce into the BFL. Not anywhere near the TDF production of some folks who have several thousands of yards and a dozen or so skeins all washed and finished, but pretty good production in the time I've had between work, canning, and the usual chores and all.

1 comment:

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

that's amazing! I am so in awe of you spinny types! :D

I have a drop spindle that a friend gave me and maybe this winter I'll buy a bit of fibre and try it out. :)


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