Tuesday, July 19, 2016

One Step at a Time

This is the part of the summer I’ve been dreading. The kids are out of school, work is busy, I’m in the latter half of the classes I’m taking (read: research papers due soon), and now my husband is about to begin an intense project that will span the next several months. We just need to get through the next six weeks, then I’ll have a short break from classes and we’ll be settling into our school-year routine so things should calm down a little bit. But getting through these coming weeks will be rough on all of us.

All that to say: You probably won’t see any incredible projects on this blog anytime soon. I’ll keep making projects because they keep me sane, but progress will be slow and blog posts may be short. That’s the way creating works, though, isn’t it? Every project suits a purpose — some are elaborate and amazingly creative, and others are simple and relaxing.

So while it may seem simple and slow, I’m happy to report that I’ve been keeping up with Tour de Fleece. This week, I focused on spinning the hand-dyed Mystery Wool that I wrote about last week, and I met my goal of completing one plied skein.

Dyed wool spun on a spindle for Tour de Fleece.

The fiber was divided into two approximately even piles of each color. I spun them up in rainbow order, although I started with orange instead of red/pink for some reason that I no longer recall, and plied them in the same order. The result is 100 yards (1.25 oz) of a long color gradient that I really like.

Two skeins of wool spun to date for Tour de Fleece 2016.

There’s less than a week left in the Tour de Fleece, and I plan to keep spinning through this Sunday. I haven’t decided yet what I’ll spin next. Next week’s blog post will be a surprise for all of us!

Note: To read more about Tour de Fleece 2016, please visit the posts Socks and SpinningOn the RoadKeep Spinning, and The End of the Tour.

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