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. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and wrapping up the Tour de Fleece”

Saturday Morning Spinning and more Tour de Fleece progress

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! Can you believe we are more than halfway through the month of July already? It sure doesn’t feel like it to me. Is it because we haven’t had the long, hot, dry stretch of weather that we usually get by now? We have sure had some hot weather, but in short stretches, and followed by some comfortably cooler days and nights. We have also had a decent amount of rain so far. My front lawn is usually brown and crunchy by mid-July, but this summer it’s still nice and green, and actually needs to be mowed again. All in all, I would say we have had a good summer so far just based on how much use the pool is getting. A good summer makes all the work involved with owning a pool worthwhile.

I don’t have much this week. Just an update on my progress for the Tour de Fleece, and that’s because I haven’t done much in the past week except spin. With the tour ending next Sunday, it is unlikely that I am going to finish all the fiber I pulled from my stash to spin. I am okay with that though. My goal was to spin every day that the riders in the Tour de France ride, and so far I’ve done that. In my “training” in the couple of weeks leading up to the Tour de Fleece, I carved out a bit of time in my weekday routine for spinning. It’s only about 20 to 30 minutes in the morning before work, but an extra 20 to 30 minutes every day at the same time really helps out. I have been able to fit in at about 20 to 30 minutes of spinning each day after work, and now that the deadline knitting is done, I’ve been getting in about an hour or so after dinner too. Continue reading “Saturday Morning Spinning and more Tour de Fleece progress”

Saturday Morning Spinning and my Tour de Fleece progress

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! I hope you all fared well through those thunderstorms earlier this week and that no one is hurt or has suffered any property damage. You know it’s a serious storm when the meteorologists on the local news interrupt whatever is on to cover it. Rain was coming down so hard I couldn’t even see the house across the street and the lightning was providing quite a show. The pictures and video shown on the news of some of the flash flooding in the area were just incredible. Dangerous as they are though, I do enjoy those really strong summer thunder storms.

Today begins the second week of the Tour de France for cyclists and the Tour de Fleece for us spinners. I began the Tour with some Wensleydale on my Hilltopper wheel, starting the first 4 ounce braid on Saturday last weekend, and finishing it on Sunday afternoon at my guild meeting. Between Sunday night and Monday I managed to get in about an ounce of the mixed BFL on my favorite drop spindle. I also started the second braid of Wensleydale on Monday, and managed to fit in about 20 minutes of spinning time every morning before work, and about 20 minutes every afternoon after work. This yielded just under an ounce of spun yearn each day. My Friday output was a bit less because I only got in my 20 minutes in the morning. Continue reading “Saturday Morning Spinning and my Tour de Fleece progress”

Saturday morning spinning and kicking off the Tour de Fleece

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! I hope you are all having a great holiday weekend. We spent last night inside watching TV trying to drown out the noise of the fireworks outside because they make one of our dogs very nervous. I was hoping the hot weather we’ve been having would continue through the weekend so we could keep the air conditioners running and have the extra noise to help, but it turns out they weren’t needed. However, it cooled off quite nicely last night so we didn’t mind shutting the doors and windows for a while until the revelers ran out of explosives to set off.

The Tour de France kicks off today, which means it’s time to start my fiber that I have pulled from my stash for the Tour de Fleece. The polwarth fiber in the Caribe colorway I ordered from Susan’s Spinning Bunny arrived earlier this week and as I expected, it’s more beautiful in person than it is in pictures, and I was tempted to start spinning it as soon as it arrived. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and kicking off the Tour de Fleece”

Saturday morning spinning and preparing for the Tour de Fleece

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend, and I’m looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible. There are some outside chores to be done, which I will try to get done as early as possible. One of those chores is mowing, which there’s mysteriously less to do because someone mowed my front yard yesterday while I was at work. I am fairly certain it was my neighbor’s lawn guy. The mystery is why.

I have to be extra quiet this morning while I work. My mother in law is visiting for a couple of weeks and is staying in the guest room which is adjacent to my craft room. She’s not as much of a morning person as I am, and we were all up fairly late last night, so I will let her sleep in as long as she wants.

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Saturday Morning Spinning and my two favorite llamas

Good morning, and happy Saturday! Happy Solstice too! Summer is now officially here and along with that comes the kind of weather that makes handling wool in any form, whether spinning or knitting, a bit uncomfortable. Not this morning though. The last couple of nights have been so pleasantly cool and we’ve really enjoyed having all of the window open all night. Except for Thursday night, when a little black and white critter decided to pass through the yard. Lucky for us no dogs were outside at the time, but the fans that bought the cool air in from outside and circulated it through the house also brought the smell in too. I swear I could still smell it when I woke up the next morning.
This morning I’m thinking about two very special llamas at Wunsapana Farm . Every llama at Wunsapana Farm is special, but these two are just a little extra special to me.

Sweet Stella enjoys a few moments as queen of the mound.

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Saturday morning spinning and carding a gradient

June 7 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s another busy weekend for me, so I’m enjoying my quiet time here in the house as long as I can. The dogs have been fed and have gone back to sleep, and my dear spouse doesn’t awaken until at least 8AM on the weekends, so I’ve got the house all to myself. The sky is starting to get brighter and the birds are starting to sing at around 4AM, so I have been starting to wake up a little earlier the past couple of weeks. Yes, I am a morning person, and not just because I wake up so early, but because I love to jump right into something productive as early as possible, and this morning is no exception.

Last weekend I spent some time preparing for a demonstration on blending with a drum carder at my guild meeting. I use my drum carder most often for blending fiber types, so preparing for that was pretty easy. I already had pre-bagged portions of Romney and alpaca to use. The Romney I have is gorgeous stuff all on its own, but with just a little bit of the silver alpaca blended in, it is absolutely stunning. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and carding a gradient”