June 20, 2011

Tour de Fleece

I will be participating in the Tour de Fleece this year.  The Tour de Fleece is where you spin while the Tour de France is going on from July 2nd to July 24th.  You spin when the cyclist are spinning and try and push yourself as a spinner when the cyclist are going up hills.  There will be days of rest just like the cyclist as well.  This will be my first year doing it and I hope to push myself as a spinner.  I will be sharing my spinning with you here and if you spin and need some fiber I am having a sale at my Etsy shop for 10% off any fiber use coupon code SPINTDF11

June 15, 2011

What's on my Wheel: A Spun Single

So I was taught when you spin your fiber into yarn it is a single.  When you take two single yarns and ply them together you get a two ply yarn.  There for you can never have a single ply because a ply can never be single.  To ply means to twist the two or more singles together.  You can have a three or four or even a five ply yarn.  I just wanted to clarify that because what was on my wheel for today's post, a yarn single (because I didn't ply it).  I washed it and set the twist.  I love the colors of this skein so much I think I am going to keep it for myself.  (Sorry for the bad lighting, I had to use my flash).

The yarn single on my wheel.

The finished single of yarn.

June 11, 2011

Washing Sheep Fleece

Jessie and I washed the rest of the Corriedale sheep fleece I have.  We fluffed the fleece.  Used hot water, like boiling hot water and let the wool soak in soapy (I used just regular blue Dawn dish soap) water for a little while.  Emptied the dirty water and repeated the hot water and soap soak until the fleece was bright white.  It took about 4 hours for us to wash the 6 pounds of wool (including a lunch break).   I laid the clean fleece on a drying rack the the hubby put together in 20 minutes.  He made it from an old wooden shelf and left over plastic mesh from a retaining wall he put up.  I also used some screen doors from an old homemade lizard cage to dry the wool on.

Me fluffing the wool.

Fluffed wool getting ready to be washed.

Everything for washing.

Jessie washing wool.

Wool getting clean.

Clean wool drying.

June 8, 2011

What's On Jessie's Wheel: More Art Yarn!

I've been busy with all the photos, graphics and listing yarns in the online shop part of this fiber adventure so I haven't had much time to spin.  Fortunately my fiber friend and business partner has been able too.  Jessie recently shared a photo of her first "art" yarn she was working on with a Facebook fiber group we are apart of.  This is what she said:
"This is my first art yarn. I have been spinning for about 5 years. One of most resent inspiration to make art yarn is because of Melissa.  She has been making beautiful art batts and yarn. I consider mine more traditional. I'm learning to step outside of my comfort zone.  It is very exciting!"

Jessie's first art yarn!

Jessie had so much fun making her first art yarn she made a second!

Jessie's second art yarn.