Tour de Fleece 2011 (part five)

The final days of the 2011 Tour de Fleece! Pictures when the skeins are all dry.

Thursday 21st July

Working from home, so I spun for a half hour at lunchtime. Finished the second bobbin after work! Reset the wheel for plying, put the bobbins in the Majacraft bobbin box, will work on it tomorrow. Wound the leftovers from one blue bobbin to Andean ply into a small skein.

Friday 22nd July

Started plying, showed Bella how it’s done. Like the thickness of the emerging yarn, but I have a long way to go before it’s finished.

Saturday 23rd July

Did some more plying, I think this will be quite a lot of yarn. Hard to tell which bobbin has more singles on, they are never exactly the same.

Sunday 24th July

The final day! Finished plying everything, leaving five clean bobbins. The final tally is:

  • Merino bamboo silk, 2-ply, 450yds
  • Falklands wool leftovers, 2-ply, 102yds
  • Merino bamboo silk leftovers, 2-ply, 36yds
  • NZ Polwarth, 2-ply, 638yds
  • NZ Polwarth leftovers 2-ply, 127yds

Today’s three skeins are all drying in the bathroom. I have spun real laceweight yarn! This is the best spinning I’ve managed yet. Need to slow down while plying a bit, and probably put less plying twist in the yarn, but I’m really pleased with the results.

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