Saturday morning spinning and wrapping up the Tour de Fleece

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! I hope you’re all enjoying this last weekend of July. If you’re looking for something fun for the whole family, the Schoharie Sunshine Fair kicks off today and runs until next Saturday. The Golden Fleece Guild is hosting the Wool & Fiber Gallery (formerly the Wool Nook) again this year. There are lots of beautiful items entered into the fair this year, and guild members will be there each day giving spinning, knitting, and weaving demonstrations.

On Wednesday the 30th in the afternoon, the Golden Fleece Guild is hosting its second annual Iron Spinner Competition at the Schoharie Sunshine Fair. Think Iron Chef but with fiber. Each spinner in the competition is given the same amount of base fiber to work with, usually something white, and a table of other fiber ingredients (colored roving, dyed locks, commercial yarns, and other add-ins) to choose from. In the allotted time, each spinner has to produce a unique skein of yarn using all of their base fiber and at least two other ingredients. It’s a great challenge, and I had so much fun participating last year. I’m really looking forward to this year’s competition.

The Tour de France wraps up this weekend, and I’m about ready to wrap up my spinning. As I expected, I fell a little short of my ambitious goal. The two ounces of merino/silk from the Fondle This fiber of the month club, and my Tibetan yak remain untouched. There simply wasn’t enough time. What did spin is still pretty impressive. I completed 8 ounces of Wensleydale, 8 ounces of Polwarth, 2 ounces of Falkland, and I’m going to finish up the 4 ounces of BLF on my spindle today.

My plan is to start plying today, but now I’m starting to re-think that. The last day of the tour is tomorrow, so I could do all of my plying then. Today is the Individual Time Trial in the Tour de France, so I could make today my individual time trial too, and see if I can get through the two ounces of merino/silk. It might be a little difficult as my index finger on my right hand is pretty heavily bandaged right now. I had a little mishap yesterday afternoon. It’s nothing serious and didn’t involve stitches, but it is an inconvenience since it is my dominant hand. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve been able to work around it to spin on my spindle.

That’s it for this morning, which means it’s time for me to get spinning. I’ll have pictures of my plying results next weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

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