Tour de Fleece

The other day I mentioned that I was practicing spinning fat singles in preparation for a special project. I’ve been working on that project, and I am delighted with my progress!

It all started a few months ago when I ordered some fiber for my sisters to learn how to spin. I couldn’t just order something for them and nothing for me, so I got this. Since the Tour de France just started and I am participating in the similar (but less athletic) Tour de Fleece (this article is from last year), it seemed like the perfect time to use it up (also before it got sucked into deep stash). This is the first time I have really taken the time to plan a skein. First I laid out my fiber. The colours are even more vibrant in real life: yellow, orange, red, and purple (I promise it’s not really black. My apartment just has bad lighting.)

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I separated the colours, fluffed up the ends, and pulled off a handful of each colour.

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You see, I had this brilliant idea to tie all the colours together. Each handful was further separated into 3 pieces and paired with the other 3 colours (So the yellow section had bits of orange, red, and purple; the orange section had yellow, red, and purple; the red section had yellow, orange, and purple; and the purple section had yellow, orange, and red bits). I further divided these sections into several pieces and incorporated them into my yarn at random intervals. It’s hard to see while still on the bobbin, but they are there, and I can’t wait to see how the yarn turns out!

Are you spinning in the Tour de Fleece? What are you working on?

Also, today is your last chance to get 20% off my newest pattern, the Raindrops and Wildflowers Cowl with the coupon code BEATRIX. I bet this would be glorious in handspun!

Introducing the Birthday Cowl!

I finished it. I turned this beautiful yarn…

Yummy handspun
Yummy handspun

…into this beautiful cowl. I am so proud of myself. I used literally all of my yarn (In this case literally means what it really means: there was not even 1 inch of yarn left over).

Beautiful, warm cowl
Beautiful, warm cowl

Also, look what my lovely coworker gave me. I work with the best people.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

I love my birthday. I know a lot of people hate birthdays or get sad because they are getting older, but for some reason I have always loved them. I take the day off work, I buy myself a (big) present, and spend the day doing whatever I please. This year I started off by going to my local farmer’s market. Can you believe I have never been to a farmer’s market before? I can’t. I walked around and looked at everything, bought some vegetables, handmade soap, and my first skein of handspun yarn! I have been hankering after handspun for a while.

Birthday yarn is the best
Birthday yarn is the best

So a year in review:

  • Last year for my birthday I got my 2 sweet kitties. I love them so much.
Sooooo cute!!!
Sooooo cute!!!
  • Not long after that I officially started dating. I’ve already told you how wonderful my boyfriend is. He’s definitely a keeper.
  • In January I started teaching voice lessons (sorry, I forgot to tell you about that). I always thought I would hate teaching, but I actually really enjoy it and would not at all mind teaching full time.
  • In May my oldest brother got married.
  • In June I was in my first car crash. It was minor and not my fault, but still a jarring experience.
Oops...
Oops…
  • I have knit…a good deal. I made a TARDIS inspired hat last winter because I’m that much of a nerd.
I'm a nerd..but not so much that you'd notice if you didn't know...
I’m a nerd..but not so much that you’d notice if you didn’t know…
  • I made my first sweater! It’s the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. A good friend of mine recently had her first baby and his room is decorated in a panda theme. How could I resist?
Who could resist a panda sweater?
Who could resist a panda sweater?
  • I have knit 2 pairs of socks for my mom – 1 for last Christmas, and the pair for this Christmas are done already. I’m so proud of me.

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  • Now I’m working on my first full-size sweater for my Grandma. I’m halfway done and running out of steam…

So that’s me and my year. Here’s to another one just as good or better.