Monday, July 16, 2018

Tour de Fleece Days 7 to 9 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating First Single



On happy news, my brandy new Akerworks bobbin arrived on Saturday.  Isn't she lovely?!


Lovely New Akerworks Bobbin 

Lovely New Akerworks Bobbin on the Ladybug

I had company on Saturday & Sunday.  So I didn't get anywhere near the amount of spinning done as last weekend.  But I enjoyed having company. 

I split the Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in half to make a 2 ply.  I am mostly spinning it woolen as it is a batt.  Trying to keep the loft in it.  Though I don't know how successful I am.  I guess I will see when it plied & gets it bath.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 7 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating Awaiting the Wheel

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 7 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating First Single Fiber Waiting

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 7 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating First Single

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 8 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating First Single Fiber Awaiting

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 8 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Creating First Single

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 9 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Falkland Wool Carded Batt in Cattywumpus Colorway Done with First Single

Tour de Fleexe Day 7-9


Friday, July 13, 2018

Tour de Fleece Day 6 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway - Plying DONE!!!


I finished plying the Into The Whirled Polwarth/Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway.  Super thrilled it is done.  I always feel like plying takes longer. I know it doesn't, but it feels that way.

There was a lot of trying to match up the plies.  It didn't go as smoothly as I hoped.  But I think the finished project is good.  I will let it rest before I skein & soak it.

It is thicker than I thought it would be.  But since I was hoping to make a shawl, the yardage is adjustable.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 6 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying Getting Done

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 6 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying Getting Done Bobbins

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 6 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying DONE

Tour de Fleexe Day 6


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tour de Fleece Day 5 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway - Yet More Plying


Honestly, not much to report!  More plying. 

I have been struggling with getting the colors to line up.  I keep breaking a singles and pulling more from a bobbin to match it up.  Though some are a bit marled in the singles. 

I only took pics in the middle.  Forgot to take them at the end.

Feeling like this won't end!  I really thought I was at the end, but there is more still on the bobbins!  Ah well.


Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 5 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Yet More Plying

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 5 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Yet More Plying Bobbins

Tour de Fleexe Day 5

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tour de Fleece Day 4 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway - More Plying


I worked in the city yesterday.  So it means 2 hours each way of commuting & 8 hours away from home.  I didn't get nearly as much done for the TdF.  But I think I did about a half hour to 45 minutes.

I was working on the bulky flyer.  But it was getting so heavy that I was fighting with the wheel to get it to move.  The plies snapped as I tried to get some tension into the yarn.  I took that as a sign to move back to the regular bobbins. 

The tricky part with the regular bobbins is overplying.  I am hoping I haven't been.  I have been checking.  It has twist that is more than earlier.  So I have some concerns.  But with the bulky flyer I wasn't getting enough twist in many cases.  I kept having to pull it out & add more twist. 

I will just have to wait to see how it turns out after its bath.

The bulky bobbin:
 Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 4 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway More Plying - Done with Bulky Flyer

Much easier plying on the regular flyer & bobbin:
Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 4 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway More Plying
Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 4 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway More Plying Bobbins

Tour de Fleece Day 4


Monday, July 9, 2018

Day 3 of the Tour de Fleece - Plying


I debated if I wanted to start singles and let the Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway singles rest longer. But I decided to start plying.

It is looking decent.  Though each time I put the bulky flyer on I get frustrated.  It is kinda heavy & doesn't always work well.  I have been debating selling it and just deal with making smaller skeins.  The other part of me wants to try an Akerworks jumbo bobbin to see it if helps.  They are lighter than the Schacht bobbins.  But I also am not sure if that will help.  And if it doesn't, I have sunk more money into it...

I have to push on the peddles harder as the bobbin gets heavier.  To the point that when I got up to move, my knees hurt like a son of a bear. I think I just need to limit how much time I spend plying with the bulky flyer.  And I won't use it for anything 4 oz and under.

I didn't get a chance to watch B5 today.  Elder Munchkin wanted to finish Despicable Me.  And Hubby & I watched an episode of Wynonna Earp.  I

I am thinking I may skip the two parter and move onto something different.

This will be the first year of the TdF with my longer commute.  The commute is about two hours each way.  So Tuesdays through Thursdays, I will be happy to get in more than 15 minutes!

Not sure if I am at the half way mark with plying.  Looking like it is a bit shy of that.

 Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying 1

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying - Bobbins 1

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying 2

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying - Bobbins 2

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying 3

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying - Bobbins 3

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying 4

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying - Bobbins 4

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying 5

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 3 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway Plying - Bobbins 5

Tour de Fleexe Day 3

Tour de Fleece Day 2 - Second Singles Spun


Happy to report I got the second 4 oz of the Into the Whirled 221B Polwarth/Silk spun. Hooray for that!

I love weekends when my family doesn't have plans as I can work on spinning during the TdF.

I decided to watch the two episodes Harlan Ellison worked on the story for B5.

First up was A View from the Gallery (Season 5 Episode 4).  This is a terrific episode that follows two workers through the story & how their actions help the ship.  Really wonderful storyline.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  A View from the Gallery Season 5 Episode 4

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles - And So It Begins-Again

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 2

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 3

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 4

Then came Objects in Motion (Season 5 Episode 20).  It is towards the end of the series.  Garibaldi & G'Kar are both leaving B5.  Lots of tears. I hate goodbyes.  And it was nearing the end of the show.  Saying goodbye to characters I loved.  And Garibaldi & G'Kar were both terrific characters.

And sad that both actors are no longer with us.  So many wonderful actors from the show are gone.  And too many too soon...  Jerry Doyle at 60, Andreas Katsulas at 59...  Others too young.  Richard Biggs at just 44... Jeff Conaway 60.  Stephen Furst 63.  Ugh...

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  Objects in Motion Season 5 Episode 20

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  Objects in Motion Season 5 Episode 20 - Goodbyes Are Hard

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 5

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 6 

Then I headed back to the Marcus episodes.  I had already watched the first two yesterday.  So on to Exogenesis (Season 3 Episode 7.)  This one is about creatures burrowing into humans.  Squiky...  But has some amazing bits between Marcus & Franklin, starting their path to friendship.  And his interactions with an older man named Duncan are terrific.

It ends with what may be one of my fav scenes with Marcus & Ivanova...  Really thought I could find a video on YouTube of that bit!  Ivanova thrust the roses at Marcus (after mistakenly thinking he left them.) 

Ivanova: Keep them!
Marcus Cole: Thank you. I will. Well, guess there's hope for us after all.

*grin*  Yep...there is indeed.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  Exogenesis Season 3 Episode 7

 Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 7


Messages from Earth  (Season 3 Episode 8) was next.  This is a heavy episode with a lot about the Shadows.  But I love the scene with Marcus & Ivanova.  Marcus has created a chart since Susan asked where he fits in the structure of B5.  He says he can compare it to the Ottoman Empire.  *laugh*  Wonderful scene... 

There is also a wonderful bit with Delenn helping Sheridan to sleep on the White Star.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  Messages from Earth  Season 3 Episode 8 - The Ottaman Empire


Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 8 


 Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 9


The final episode for today was A Late Delivery from Avalon (Season 3 Episode 13).  I love this episode.  Michael York as Arthur.  And who can't help but be entertained by Garibaldi & his Postal woes.  *grin*  It is a touching episode with all that happens.

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Watching B5 -  A Late Delivery from Avalon Season 3 Episode 13

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 10

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 11 

Next up for Marcus is War Without End which is a two parter!  It was about 4:45.  And I didn't have a lot of fiber left.

 Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles - Fiber Remaining

Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles 12

So I decided not to break into the two-parter. I may end up splitting it up anyhow.  I am working from home tomorrow.  So I might be able to watch some of it.  But I am not sure how much.  We shall see.

Finished bobbin:
Tour de Fleece 2018 Day 2 - Into The Whirled Polwarth Silk Blended Top in 221b Colorway 2nd Singles - Finished


Tour de Fleexe Day 2