Monday, July 17, 2017

Steotchalong 2017: Clue #2

I started out the second clue with an error.

That red bit is supposed to be above the center motif, not the side snowflake. Not a huge error and I did catch it pretty quickly.

What will it be? Are we celebrating the four seasons with a sampler? Canada's 150th? Something else entirely because the snowflakes are not snowflakes and the side bits aren't actually maple leaves? I don't know yet!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 15

So my grand plan for the challenge day, day 15, was to go through all the samples I have, giving me a pile of singles to ply for the rest of the Tour and finishing all of the fiber I acquired in 2016 (the current braid is the only 2017 fiber purchase). This would have been a good plan if I both owned more bobbins than I do (though as the samples are so small, doubling up or more on one bobbin probably would be fine) and also had fully finished the singles I was working on. The opposing ply was all used up but I didn't use up all the singles the day before. I began to two-ply the remaining singles. I figured it would be a quick process and I'd be able to move on to the samples, even if I couldn't spin all seven singles.

After the next bobbin ran out, I tried to chain-ply the rest of the final bobbin. It was a hot mess. The wheel for some reason is not wanting to take up the yarn at that ratio. This meant that my chain-ply was closer to ramen than yarn and everything was just a problem. I pulled it all out. Next time, I'll learn how to make a plying bracelet. Maybe I'll get through some of those samples, but if not, at least this braid will be done, and that was my only real goal.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 14

Finished the three ply! I of course still need to wash it and see what the final yarn is like, but it is off the wheel!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 13

Dividing wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. It was time consuming though.

I spun just enough to get everything all tensioned and joined and should finish plying tomorrow. I will probably have a two-ply mini skein when the opposing ply runs out. I don't think it was that much thicker than the rest, but as the other two are relaxing into the ply, that one is continuing to coil up which probably accounts for the difference in length I'm seeing.

For the rest of the Tour, my goals are to finish plying tomorrow, spin all of the samples I have left from the Phat Fiber box I got last year on the Challenge Day, then ply them all. I believe I have six samples left, so spinning them all leaves one per day to ply to finish out the Tour.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 12

I spun this far:

And then this happened:

I was expecting it due to my uneven division of the braid, but I wasn't really looking forward to this part. I probably should have fixed the uneven divide earlier - joining while spinning would have been much easier than dividing the energetic single that's on the bobbin! I think I will wind the end connected to the wheel onto a new bobbin until they're about even in weight (assuming the bobbins are approximately the same weight and the singles are even enough that approximately the same weight gives me approximately the same yardage...), then cut the single and wind the first bit back onto another bobbin so I can leave it attached to the wheel, then join the cut end on the original bobbin and keep plying. Luckily I have six bobbins so the game of musical bobbins isn't a problem!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 11

Still plying. I'm liking this better today than yesterday. One or two more days and I'll have yarn!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tour de Fleece: Day 10

First day of plying!

This one took some effort. First off, it wouldn't take up the yarn onto the bobbin. Then when I tightened the band enough that it did, the whorl spun off. I finally got it just right, and realized that it still wasn't giving me what I wanted and I needed to move to a larger whorl/lower ratio. That did the trick! Then I had issues getting the yarn to the wheel. I had to turn the bobbin with the opposing ply (spun Z, counterclockwise like plying while the other two were spun S, clockwise) around so the three bobbins were spinning in the same direction on the lazy kate. I had to tighten up the kate's tension. I had to rearrange how I was holding the plies. Eventually, I got a nice rhythm going and managed to keep it all smooth. I'm still not sure that the plying is giving me exactly what I want consistently, and with the opposing ply I'm not sure what exactly it should be doing. There will be yarn, and soon enough I'll find out if it is in fact the sock yarn I set out to make!