Tour de Fleece 2009

…#majorfail.  *sigh*

To catch you up, I set out to spin all my Spunky Club fiber that has been sitting in my stash since 2007.  Roughly 15 packages of 4 oz of fiber (one 2 oz of merino/tussah tencel).  I wanted to empty this bin:

Tour de Fleece 2009 Goal

I did not empty the bin.  In fact, I am willing to swear that bin has some kind of magical regeneration properties because the level of fiber in the bin never seemed to get any lower.  Seriously frustrating.

I spun?  Seven.

Tour de Fleece Final Results

If I have to only count the skeins that were finished and plied then I spun five.  It’s more fiber than I’ve ever spun in that space of time, though, if that counts for anything.  ;o)  Want a list?  Okay…

Party Dress – 236 yards – 4 oz

Aspen – 120 yards – 2 oz

Acadia – 266 yards – 4 oz

Pie for Everyone – 246 yards – 4 oz

Rose…something – 312 yards – 4 oz

Think Spring! – ? yards (not plied) – 4 oz

Mud Season – ? yards (not plied) – 4 oz

My totals are 1,180 yards of plied yarn and 26 ounces of fiber total.

Okay maybe not a #majorfail but I definitely fell short.  ;o)


…the one with all the spinning.

Sick of bags yet?  Yes?  No?  Either way, today you get my spinning from the past three days:

Three days of spinning

From Left to Right, Mud Season, Rose…something (no tag, got it from Amy at Cummington last year) and Think Spring!  There’s still a heckuva lot of fluff in that bin though, something tells me that I will not be reaching my TDF goals this year.  However, I have made almost 50 bags in the past week and a half so if it weren’t for Sock Summit I probably would have come a lot closer.  I still have two days left though…anyone have a time turner I can borrow?

I took the photo on the iPhone, not sure if I like what I did to it to make it all dark and gloomy… ;o)

Have a great weekend, everyone!


…the one with all the Favorite songs of the 80’s:

1.  Anything by Prince.  I must have driven my ‘rents nutso with all the Raspberry Beret singing…

2.  Anything by Michael Jackson.  I literally wore out the grooves in my ‘Off the Wall’ and ‘Thriller’ albums (back in the day when they were ‘albums’ and had ‘grooves’ heh)

3.  Anything by Madonna – ohman, I worshipped that woman in my teen years…I had the rubber bracelets, the lace headband, the lace gloves, the teased hair…

4.  Anything by Cyndi Lauper – there was a period when I wanted to BE her – and we shall not discuss the horrible kool aid+hair incident.

5.  oooo Blondie.

6.  Relax by Frankie goes to Hollywood

7.  Fight for your Right by Beastie Boys

8.  Tainted Love by Soft Cell

9.  Anything by The Cars

10.  Anything by Billy Joel

I just opened up the iTunes and now I could go on and on… ;o)  What are your faves from the 80’s?

Here’s a TDF quickie:

Tour de Fleece 7/12/2009 - Acadia

(another iPhone picture – I’m still amazed at how good the pictures on the new phone come out)

Colorway: Acadia, 266 yards 2-ply, sport-ish weight

You may want to come back tomorrow…big doin’s!  HUGE!!  I can’t wait to tell you but I *have* to wait!  Let’s just say it’s a gift for you AND me!  ;o)


…because you know, all this yarn isn’t eye candy enough, I have to throw a garden picture at you guys too.  ;o)

So, so far I’ve plied up the Aspen (2-ply fingering weight 120 yards):

TDF 2009 Spinning for 7/9/2009

and am halfway through Pie for Everyone:

TDF 2009 Spinning for 7/9/09

and have broccoli:

ECF - Broccoli

…gotta get back to the wheel!  Have a great weekend, everyone!


…yeah, I know it’s not very imaginative but I’m working on a deadline, people!  Let me also add, I know I’ve fallen behind (uhm…WAY behind) on reading blogs and I’m sorry…I need to figure out a way to get the laptop next to Emma so I can read and spin (Emma because Amelia is in TIME. OUT. dammit.*)

Anyway…update.  Yesterday’s spinning:

TDF 2009 spinning for 7/8/09

(photo taken with my new Shiny Precioussss – the iphone 3Gs – I’m pretty happy with the new camera (among other things))

2 oz of Merino/Tencel Singles – Spunky Club September 2007 – Colorway ‘Aspen’  (this month was a 2 oz hank).  I’ll be plying this 2-ply from a center pull ball today and start on the November 2007 offering of  ‘Pie for Everyone’ this afternoon.  (October 2007 was partly spun and then given away since apparently I do not like scratchy wool to spin)  To answer an ongoing question from the comments: I do not have a plan for everything, I’m going to go with what I feel for each hank when I pull it out.  For example, I know I’ll get more yardage wtih a 2-ply so that’s what I’m doing with this one (and the previous one) but I think Pie for Everyone will give me more singles yardage so I’ll probably Navajo ply it.  But, that could change, too.  ;o)  Flying by the seat of my pants, who, me?  hehe

*Update on Amelia:  I spoke with Tim at New Voyager yesterday and he’s sending me new hinges, a new upright, a new connector and a new screw to connect the connector all…FOR NOTHING.  This is why I buy Kromski.  When I had Brigit and had issues with Brigit (my Lendrum that my Dad fixed and was adopted by my Mom for her birthday) I could not get a resolution from Gord.  Because I couldn’t get him on the *bleep*ing telephone to save my life.  Or email.  Or at a show.  I tried for a. year.   This whole clicking issue has come to a resolution in under a week, you can’t beat that kind of customer service with a stick (or a clickety footman).  ;op


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