Tour de Fleece 2014

Word Lily spins

I got a late start on Tour de Fleece this year because I was working nonstop on a demanding knitting project with a severe deadline. So my Tour was actually six days shorter than it should have been. But I still got in on some of the fun.

I started with this gorgeous bit of Spunky Eclectic BFL, in the Friends Forever colorway.

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Want a closer look? OK.

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My first time chain plying since 2010, and it might be that long again before the next time. I dont find it enjoyable. But I’m happy with this yarn, all 320 sport weight yards of it.


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This yarn is made from domestic wool mill ends that I dyed and carded on my drum carder. Aran weight, 108 yards, pre-wash; 51 grams.

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Here’s the project page for the above yarn.


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This yarn was also spun from domestic wool mill ends that I dyed and then carded. I added just a touch of sparkle on the drum carder on this one, too.

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DK weight, 51 grams yielded 139 yards of 2-ply. The color is more accurate in the in-progress, pre-plying, photograph.


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I’m really happy with this yarn. It’s Falkland, dyed by Cosy.

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Fingering weight 2-ply, 560 yards from 112 grams.


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This one is also Falkland from Cosy.

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Aran weight, 112 grams and 232 yards.

I got the singles of another 4 ounces of this same fiber done during the Tour, but I couldn’t fit the plying in before it ended.

So, totals: Five finished skeins (all 2-ply except the one chain-ply), totaling 1,359 yards and about 1 pound. Plus the 4 ounces of singles spun but not plied. I’ve certainly made more in previous Tours, but given my late start (and my intentional tapering toward the end), I’m content with my production.

Do you make any of your own crafting supplies? How far back to the “source” do you go? To see what other people are up to in the fiber arts world this week, check out Fiber Arts Friday at Wisdom Begins in Wonder.

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7 responses to “Tour de Fleece 2014

  1. So pretty! My poor wheel is gathering dust.

  2. It’s been forever since I’ve done anything crafty. Your yarn is gorgeous!

  3. I love your yarns… great colors and so balanced.

    I always have a hard time getting the Navajo ply to start, but once I get going I think it’s pretty fun…. of course, I don’t do it all that often either. 😉

  4. Great work! Congratulations on completing the tour, especially with you tight knitting deadline! 🙂

  5. Your yarns are beautiful! Hooray for TdF giving us a reason to create more yardage.

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