Heading into the Home Stretch
The 2nd rest day of the Tour de Fleece was yesterday – this means we’re 2/3 of the way done and heading into the final week(ish) of the Tour!
I spent the middle section of the tour working on a 3-ply combo spin.
The fibers were all from Southern Cross Fibre – all from previous club offerings.
I started out with Adrenaline Rush (on Spelsau wool – which, to me feels kinda like shetland and cheviot). I tore it into thirds lengthwise and spun each bit end to end:
The next one onto the bobbins was Brotherhood (also on Spelsau) – it was torn in half lengthwise before spinning.
Last up was Old Master (on Cheviot – I was lucky enough to have a friend who donated a bump of this colorway for my combo since I ) – this time I split it up into four strips, and spun end to end starting at alternate ends of each strip to make the color transitions between strips of fiber match up.
Here are all three bobbins together:
And here they are plied onto my jumbo Roberta bobbins:
I basically plied until one of my bobbins ran out of singles – then I selected the bobbin that looked like it had the most singles remaining and wound it into an Andean Plying Bracelet, joined the “free” end to the tail from the first bobbin that ran out and continued on plying with basically 2 strands from the andean bracelet and one from the other remaining bobbin. Once I ran out of yarn in the Andean plying bracelet I was able to transition right into n-ply for the very last bit of yarn.
The finished yarn is quite bold and bright:
Post bath, it’s fluffed a bit:
Final specs: 11.3 oz / 324g / 536 yards of aran weight….and here it is, next to a cat for handy size reference: