My Tour progress started to slow down a little bit this week, as I’ve been laid flat with a pretty nasty cold for the past few days, but I thought I’d share what I did manage to get done.
I started by working on finishing up that braid of Into the Whirled Romney that’s been lingering in my stash for a few years, now.
I ended up chain plying it into some bulky weight yarn. The yardage isn’t fantastic – about 100m or so, but in bulky weight that’s enough for a fine hat or pair of mittens.
Looking at it and feeling it after a wash, it’s not that bad – the yarn is pretty consistent, and the colours are gorgeous. I just have a thing about that fiber, apparently. I didn’t love the feel of it in my hands, especially after spinning it, and didn’t have a ton of goodwill towards this skein. Because this really wasn’t this skein’s fault at all, I decided to rehome it to someone who will love it properly, which I think was a good choice for everyone involved.
Anyway, this skein went shockingly quickly (bulky weight will do that to a person), and I started in on another braid for Day 9 of the Tour.
This is more Into the Whirled from my birthday shopping. It’s Polwarth fibre (my FAVOURITE) in a colourway called “Blink,” and we are in love. I’m spinning it ever so slowly, and hoping for a three-ply fingering weight yarn. I split the braid into thirds, and am spinning each third onto its own bobbin with a plan to ply them together. This will be an experiment in seeing how well I do at having the colour changes line up, and I’m curious.
I made pretty excellent progress on this before I got sick, and since then have slowed down a bit. I’ve made it through two bobbins over Tour Days 9 through 13, and started a wee bit on the third. Hopefully I’ll be able to recover and at least finish up this skein before the Tour ends next week.