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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!

Starting the day off right with a smidge of spinning #tdf2014 #spin365

I spent the middle section of the tour working on a 3-ply combo spin.

Next spin? Or shall I save it for tour de fleece?

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:

Spun some this morning and some this evening. Soon I'll be onto the next color way :) #spin365 #tdf2014 #akerworks

The next one onto the bobbins was Brotherhood (also on Spelsau) – it was torn in half lengthwise before spinning.

SCF three ply combo for tdf

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.

SCF three ply combo for tdf

Here are all three bobbins together:

SCF three ply combo for tdf

SCF three ply combo for tdf

And here they are plied onto my jumbo Roberta bobbins:

SCF 3ply combo on spesalu and cheviot.  Brotherhood of adrenaline masters.

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:

SCF 3ply combo on spesalu and cheviot.  Brotherhood of adrenaline masters.

Post bath, it’s fluffed a bit:

SCF 3ply combo on spesalu and cheviot.  Brotherhood of adrenaline masters.

Final specs: 11.3 oz / 324g / 536 yards of aran weight….and here it is, next to a cat for handy size reference:

SCF 3ply combo on spesalu and cheviot.  Brotherhood of adrenaline masters.

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