Like the Yarn Harlot, I may have bit off more than I can chew.

After much internal wrestling, I decided to join the Tour de Fleece. Between the heat and the Mobile One,

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spinning time has been non-existent of late, and the TdF was a good excuse to get back to it.

For my challenge, I wanted to choose something that would push me (ergo, challenge), but something do-able, and useful.

I considered spinning a sweater's worth of yarn out of a beautiful colored Corriedale fleece I had washed, which is high on my list of spinning dreams right now:

Colored Corriedale Fleece

But when I considered:

  • the fleece was only partially washed, and
  • I had not sampled, and
  • I did not have time to sample or wash more fleece AND spin; and furthermore,
  • I didn't know which sweater from A Fine Fleece I would spin for (because that much was a certainty) and sweater choice would affect the type of yarn I would need to spin,

I nixed that idea.

I nixed several other ideas, but finally settled on:

Clearing the bobbins. The Schacht bobbins. All 8 of them.

Certainly challenging, but most likely do-able, and very useful. Besides, one bobbin was clear, 2 bobbins were full and ready to be plied, and one had a very small amount of fiber on it. Totally do-able, right?

I also decided to add a second challenge:

Spin every day, for at least 15 minutes, but shoot for an hour.

That would get me in the right mindset, and perhaps back on track with this whole spinning business.

So. Crazy? Do-able?

The ready-to-be-plied bobbins are 5.4 oz Handspun by Stefania Corriedale/Silk roving in osage and indigo, purchased at MDSW this year. It's difficult to capture the blue/greens and gold tones:

Handspun by Stefania Corriedale/Silk

So much fiber sits around waiting it's turn so I put this on the wheel almost as soon as we got home.

Handspun by Stefania Corriedale/Silk

It's mostly plied already.

Next, 8 oz of A Touch of Twist Rambouillet/Silk roving that I bought at Rhinebeck last Fall:

A Touch of Twist Rambouillet/Silk

A Touch of Twist Rambouillet/Silk

and started spinning at Spa in February:

A Touch of Twist Rambouillet/Silk

I finished spinning it tonight! Only about 1.5 oz of it was previously spun at fingering weight, so it was quite a bit of work. There's still the plying, though...

And here's where it starts to get a bit hairy.

5 oz of Lorna's Laces Sheperd Top in Glenwood, to be chain-plied for self-striping socks:

Lorna's Laces Sheperd Top in Glenwood

Half is done, so 2.5 oz to spin. Thin.

Foxfire Fiber & Designs Camel/Silk in gorgeous Honeysuckle. So soft and yummy, but a tough spin with the long silk fibers and short camel fibers.

Foxfire Farms Camel/Silk

2 oz already spun, 2 oz to be spun. Thin. Lace weight. Hmmm.

And perhaps the home stretch:

9 oz of Hello Yarn Shetland:

Hello Yarn Shetland

Half already spun:

Hello Yarn Shetland

to match 4 oz of this Hello Yarn Shetland:

Hello Yarn Shetland

that you previously saw as this 2-ply (my latest favorite skein):

Hello Yarn shetland - 2-ply

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Two weeks to go...

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Crazy, right?

...

Dare I tell you... the final bobbin, the one I laughingly said had only a small bit on it... it's 4 oz Susan's Spinning Bunny Merino/Tencel in Tamarack & Spruce:

Susan's Spinning Bunny Merino/Tencel in Tamarack & Spruce

Beautiful, isn't it? There's only a very small amount spun up. Technically, it could just be "spinning a sample". (Right?)

Susan's Spinning Bunny Merino/Tencel in Tamarack & Spruce

Or...

Maybe it will be my TdF "Bonus Round"...

Susan's Spinning Bunny Merino/Tencel in Tamarack & Spruce