In the beginning, I wrote about my Tour de Fleece exploits a lot. Here, here, here, and here, not to mention all over Ravelry. But then my doctoral class hit hard, and then I was at the beach without my wheel (because, while I am apparently quite willing to drive 1500 miles with my wheel strapped in the back of my car, I actually do draw the line somewhere), and the next thing I knew Tour de Fleece was over, and then almost as quickly, summer was gone, too, and I had never even posted any kind of wrap- up.
And to be honest, I haven’t spun even one turn of the wheel since July. SAD BUT TRUE. And this, after I set a goal of spinning 13 pounds this year! Instead, here it is September, and I’ve spun precisely 4 pounds 9.1 ounces so far this year. But I knew that my spinning goals were ambitious this year and that I would likely fail. Truth be told, most of my craft goals are ambitious – if I ever get to a point where I am actually meeting all my goals, I will know that I have set the bar too low. (Does this make sense? It does to me. I honestly think that one reason I accomplish so much, craftwise and otherwise, is because I always aim high. Higher than I can actually manage to reach.) Even though I won’t be hitting the 13-pound mark by the end of the year, I know I will finish the year having spun more yarn than ever before. So there’s that.
At any rate, here is what I actually completed for Tour de Fleece:
- 3.7 oz Spunky Eclectic Mixed BFL, “Forest” – 250 yds sportweight 2-ply
- 1.3 oz Spunky Eclectic Mixed BFL, “Forest,” + Funky Carolina Mixed BFL, “Carrots” – 102 yds 2ply DKish
- 3.1oz Funky Carolina Mixed BFL, “Carrots” – 218 yds DKish 2ply
- 3.6oz Southern Cross Fibre Mixed Shetland “Desert Sun” – 312yds sportweight 2ply
- 1.1oz Southern Cross Fibre Mixed Shetland “Desert Sun” + “Jazzy” – 98yds sportweight 2ply
The ultimate goal with this project is to make a Sugar Maple sweater. I am on-track yardage-wise, and I am really happy with how these colors look together so far; the final colors will be cranberry and brown. This is my first time doing a gradient spin, and I am SO happy with how it is turning out.
I had planned this to be a fall sweater, but at this point even I am willing to admit that might be a tad too ambitious. I could do it if I didn’t have many other crafty plans on the docket for myself, but I do have those plans, and I will have to prioritize accordingly. And since I planned this as a fall sweater, I will probably opt for making it for next fall rather than making it this winter or so.
In the meantime, these happy fall colors sit on my shelf, greeting me every day.
Along with some favorite Plucky Knitter, of course!
I love those colours. Very soft yet nice depth and tone.. and they look great together. I would really like to try spinning at some point, but just finished my Masters, so haven’t really had the chance yet. 🙂 How long would it take you to spin that much yarn?
Thanks so much for your nice words!
That is 12.8 ounces of yarn, and I spun it up over the course of about two weeks, but I actually didn’t get to spin every day of that two weeks. For me, how obsessed I am with a particular project totally dictates how long it takes me to spin. I was pretty obsessed when I was spinning the yarns pictured here, and I was doing no knitting while I was focused on this, but I was also taking a class and doing some traveling, so it all balanced out I guess.
I hope you give it a try! It is such an enjoyable thing to do.