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Because I actually made something.  Two really, but I gave up the knit version before I even took pictures.  Rookie mistake.


Simple crochet, with one skein of sock yarn held double and two skeins of art yarn for the lengthwise scarf.  I love it, and just need to find somewhere long enough to block it.  And somewhere it is less than 95 degrees out so I can show off and wear it for more than the 45 seconds it takes to get a photo.

Art yarn scarf

Plus, psssst, there's stuff in the Etsy shop again after a very, very long time there in the sidebar.  Free shipping for orders over $35, and all products guaranteed to have been fondled by a genuine roller derby lady.

Yarn dying is afoot

And now time to collect the yarn for a Tour de Fleece finale glamour shoot.

If you're in the group of spinners who haven't been playing along, we're 15 days into the Tour de France, fĂȘted among spinners by commiting to spin (and often watch the race) every day the cyclists ride under the moniker "Tour de Fleece".  I've been taking advantage of the project to experiment alonside some routine spinning, including some experimenting with how the scale and dimension changes the character of the yarn.

I'm on my third variation of the same yarn among my projects, "It's Complicated":

It's Complicated.

I've been playing on and off with oversized yarn, and this corespun then chain-plied bit of fluff is dense and massive.  The scale of it changes the character of the yarn, and this thumb-sized diameter reminds me of decorative uniform cording more than yarn.  In part I think it's the size of it, and in part how aggressively textured it becomes when spun as a multi-ply yarn.

"Taking Flight", with the same corespun fibers and a few more feathers, is a delicate little thing.  One half of it was plied withwool-silk laceweight:

Taking flight

The other half of Taking Flight is sturdier, plied with lime green wire.  With the sculptural wire ply, a bit of traditional knotwork, it's becoming an oversized bangle bracelet.  The beauty of the knot is a bit lost in the texture of the yarn, so I'm not entirely pleased with it.  I am really liking the structural possibilities here and think I need some more wire-based yarns to repeat this.


Lots and lots of spinning underway for the Tour! Just a bit of yarn porn - some finished skeins and the gorgeous cormo from Strawberry Moon that is coming up next.

Tour de Fleece

Tour de Fleece

Last year I spun up a cormo-alpaca blend in three natural shades of grey and brown, and plied them together.  These knit up to a nice tweed effect in the final fabric.

Cormo Alpaca

So with the modified chain ply on BFL, and this 3-ply faux tweed on the brain, I set up a few other variations.

Bobbin one: a single of yellow/red/grey Targhee

Bobbin two: a silver and rust BFL/silk single

Bobbin three: a pink and purple merino single.

Chaining with two of the singles held together, and the third held alongside, changing whichever the plain ply strand was after each pass through the chain.

Lesson one from that: rest the singles better and use a tensioned lazy kate.  It requires an awful lot of tangled juggling otherwise.  It's an interesting yarn, and I'm curious to try this again with a better set-up.

Color study, seven ply modified chain

Just for fun and to make some comparison knit swatches later, the rest of the singles got turned into some more normal yarns.

Bobbin 1 as a normal chain ply:

Color study normal chain ply brights

Bobbins 1 and 3 as a two ply:

Color study two ply brights

Bobbins 2 and 3 as a two ply:

Color study muteds two ply

Only one swatch in so far, I'm curious to get all four ready and lined up side by side.

I saw someone describing this variation on chain plying on Ravelry and had to see how it worked. From two singles, chain one strand and carry the other along like a regular two ply. Alternate which strand is forming the chain.

The color blending that results just stunned me on this BFL. And getting a delightfully round four ply off two bobbins is nice too.

Tomorrow: variations on this with mismatched singles are waiting for photos...

Color study part 1 - love(1)

Color study part 1 - love(1)