I had two goals for Tour de Fleece: finish spinning and plying my alapaca and spin enough blue faced leicester to try out navajo plying. So how did I do? Let’s see…
Here are my little 2-ply alpaca hanks!
I like it well enough. It’s only my second handspun yarn so I can’t be too hard on myself. I only wish I’d thought of seperating the brown from the pink so that I could ply a proper barber pole.
I forgot to do the picture with a penny for scale thing but I would say most of it is more of a laceweight. I put it next to some sock yarn and it’s a bit thinner. And I have no clue how much I have! I’m thinking of making a simple garter lace scarf with it. Maybe I’ll get lucky and be able to make two and give them to the girls.
And then, here’s where I’ve gotten with the other fiber.
After I got a bit done, enough to try the navajo plying really, I decided I wanted to get all the fiber spun before plying. No clue exactly what this will become but I’m in love with the colors. It’s mostly green with some blue. The blue disappears as I’m spinning but it keeps the green in the cool blue-ish zone that I love. Really pretty.
So I did pretty well, right? I wish I had spun more but KCW and Flip This Pattern happened. And also a top secret knit project that had priority (it’s almost done! But I won’t be able to share it, boo!) I have to say that spinning is the most meditative of the fiber crafts I do. Machine knitting is close. Moving the carriage back and forth is very repetitive and the concentration required blocks everything else out. But spinning even more so. There’s only that one thing you’re doing. Spin, draft, wind on. Spin, draft, wind on. Spin, draft, wind on…