Friday, July 6, 2012

Tour Time

Yep.....the Tour de Fleece is in full swing again.    Of course I'm back on the Team of Wonder and the best part of the Tour is seeing all the fantastic yarns that are being created.

In my last post, I shared the last of my Yarn Hollow roving that needed to be spun.  My first priority was to get this done to free up my bobbins. 
This turned out to be the most colorful, fun yarn I've ever spun. Ssssssh, don't tell my team mates, I am on the Alpaca lovin fiber team after all.  It's Merino Superwash in two colorways,  Spumoni and Bengal Bees, finished yarn is DK and 284 yds.   I absolutely LOVE this yarn

I'm currently spinning some of my Suri/Merino that I dyed a nutmeg color. 
My plan is to spin a 3 ply yarn using these three roving's. 
Notice the use of the word "plan". This is the first time I've ever considered spinning a 3 ply yarn and the first time I've spun so thin.  I figure it will take me the rest of the Tour and beyond to complete.   I'm hoping I can stay the course.

I'm also moving along nicely on my Stripe Study shawl using a skein of the 100% suri lace weight yarn I dyed last week.  I'm pairing it with a purple merino/silk skein of Cascade Heritage fingering weight. 

KellyJ suggested using the different yarn weights and I must admit I was concerned about how it was going to knit up but she's very persuasive.  She said "have I ever steered you wrong" me"!   Once again....she was right.  I'm loving how it's looking.
I've completed five of the 12 rows the pattern calls for.  I have another skein of the purple on hold at Your Local Yarn Shop encase I decide to make it larger cause I'm not sure how using lace and fingering together will affect the size.

So that's my week in review...... just want to leave you with a couple of pics that brought a smile to my face when I got home from work yesterday. 
New addition to pasture, 1995 Buick

Your know your a redneck if......
We don't have lovely green pastures on our farm but more importantly, for our alpacas and goats in this heat, we have shade, lots of beautiful shade.  After hosing down the alpacas, my husband decided to wash our second car and just closed it in the pasture for the first.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday


  1. I adore the nutmeg colored yarn and hope you do try the 3-ply mix with those lovely colors!! XXO-

  2. I like the nutmeg colored yarn too, and it's not usually an attractive color. Different weights for the shawl? that's certainly an interesting idea. I will have to check out your project to see how it works out.

  3. That nutmeg color is gorgeous!

    And I think you had a jealous alpaca at the fence, wondering why you were taking a photo of a silly car and not the pretty alpaca!

  4. I love that first yarn and the second one is going to be amazing! Your stripe study shawl inspires me to knit soon as I finish my socks.

  5. Ooo the nutmeg suri is fabulous! Your shawl is looking very nice and I think the two weights work well together. Your "new" car is da bomb!

  6. I'm so excited about that 3-ply yarn.... waiting in anticipation.