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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is part of what I spun on Saturday.

Tour de Fleece Progress Report, Days 1 and 2

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This big ball of wool was a gift from the friend who taught me how to spin.

The Tour de Fleece is one of those times, as a spinner, knitter, crocheter or yarny person in general, that you can really let your freak flag fly.

The idea is, as the Tour de France is going on, you do whatever yarny thing you do, keeping specific goals in mind.

This year, my goal is to spin for at least 20 minutes a day.

June 30: Day 1

Our power was out for most of Friday and Saturday, so I actually had more time than I expected to spend spinning. On Saturday, I spun up a bump of wool a friend gave me, and plied most of it into 2-ply yarn. (I didn't take photos of the yarn yet because until I wash it, it tends to look kind of pathetic.)

July 1: Day 2

I spent about 30 minutes on Sunday plying the last of the second bobbin of wool using Navajo plying. I'm still getting a handle on this technique, so I plan on using it whenever I have a small amount of singles to use up.

I experimented with pulling the loops out with my right hand, but keeping the end of the loop open and managing twist with my left hand. It kept going funny on me, so I think next time I'll try to imitate the technique in the video I linked to above. Live and learn.

July 2: Day 3

I didn't get to spin this morning, so I am planning on doing it tonight after work. I have some gorgeous Grey Norwegian Top that I've had my eye on. I will probably try to wash up the skeins I made on day 1 and 2, so that I can take pictures this week.

Are you doing anything special for the Tour?