Tour de Fleece: Yes, I'm actually spinning some every day this time. I believe it's because there is magic in Olive's fleece. She was my dearest girl and I can finally think about her and spin her wool without feeling so sad. The stack of yarn balls is about 3600 yards of singles that will eventually become 1800 yards of two-ply. I needed a little over 1200 yards to have enough for the Antler cardigan that I'm planning to knit. Why are the balls numbered? Because I'm not a totally consistent spinner. Some days I spin thicker, some days it's thinner. When I'm spinning for a big project like this, I attempt to make up for my lack of discipline by averaging things out. The first ball will be plied together with the last one and so on, in hopes that all the skeins will end up close to the same gauge. Those darker skeins are the last of Poppy's fleece and those 500 yards will possibly be combined with the rest of Olive's yarn for something stripey - maybe - still thinking on that. I've loved participating in the Tour de Fleece this year and for some reason, it hasn't been a struggle at all. I've allowed myself to spin a little every day, but haven't felt pressure to accomplish huge amounts every day. I hope this feeling carries over to the actual knitting of my memory sweater for Olive.
Fleece preparation: Yes, I'm still washing fleeces, but I'm down to the last of the alpaca fleeces. My trip to Echoview is scheduled for week after next. I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do for the 2013 version of "Fresh from the Farm Yarn". I'm thinking of adding something special to the wool/alpaca blend. I'm excited about having something that's a little different to offer this year. Now it's on to thinking about the color palette for the dyeing that will commence when the yarn arrives back at the farm.
|(a cloud of alpaca fiber drying in the greenhouse)|
More sewing: I made another Squam smock and this one fits. Yay for getting it right! I'm really happy with the way this one looks and can already see that I'll like wearing similar ones with a t-shirt and jeans for cooler weather. I bought some really cute plaid, cotton flannel a few weeks ago and just thinking about it makes me wish for fall weather, even more than I already do.
|(Lying low til darkness brings some cooling)|
|(Speaking of low activity - Carson knows how to beat the heat)|