WIP-it Wednesday...

...and no WIP pictures to show.  But I have a sneak peek of something at the end of the post.

First, a WIP roll call. Now that I've finished something, it's time to bring another project back in rotation.

WIPs in Rotation:
  1. The Sky is Purple and Full of Stars (Southern Skies) shawl [Ravelry] - I'm 50% done; working on round 133 of 158. It does not look significantly different than the last picture I posted.
  2. What Do You See in the Sea? quilt  (quilting) - No progress since last week. Still need to finish the machine quilting and bind it.
  3. Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint) I need to decide whether to continue with the current color scheme and just finish it. Or pull out the teal that doesn't quite work and redo that section. I'm leaning toward the "just finish it."
Waiting to be rotated in:

  1. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Happy Pumpkin Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch--still can't find where I put this!)
  3. Halloween Phat Fiber samples (spinning) [Ravelry]
  4. Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia (cross stitch)

Hibernating
  1. Going Snow Global quilt (quilting)
  2. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  4. Seaweed Cardigan (knitting)  [Ravelry
WIPs To Be:
  1. A wall hanging (weaving) using the natural color handspun I did last summer
  2. Baby present for our niece - I have a plan and will rotate this in when I finish the other baby quilt.
No significant changes, but it always helps me when I list things out.

And the sneak peek:


I'll post most pictures when I can.

why, yes, I'm still here...

...it's been a crazy couple of days and it's only going to get crazier as the week progresses.

HR work completely consumed my Friday and by the time I realized that I hadn't posted yet, I was too zonked to do so! 

Saturday was a little whirlwind of its own. I bought more boxes for the Daughter who is moving to a new apartment, picked up a Hallmark Christmas ornament I had on hold, and headed off to Purlescence to pick up my Tour de Fleece prize (mmmmm, fiber...). Then I went to help the Daughter pack her things for the move.  I picked up some take-out on the way home, ate my late dinner, and crashed on the couch.

Sunday I did all of my normal errands and then attacked the woven shawl. My goal was to finish the fringing yesterday if all possible. Guess what? It wasn't possible!

After trying out a couple of different twisting techniques, I decided to keep it simple. I'm not twisting the fringe at all. I'm tying two crystal 6/0 beads to each piece of fringe. How many ends is that? I warped the full width of the loom (20 inches) and used a 10-dent reed...right, that many pieces of fringe to bead; double that for the number of beads! (Yes, I am nuts...)

I stopped at 11 pm last night, only because my neck was killing me. I am so close to the end, so I know I can finish it tonight.  I plan on giving it to the recipient on Friday.

Coming up this weekend is a family wedding, with pre- and post-wedding festivities. The Husband is the Best Man, so we're really involved in it all. There might be very little crafting time.

I'll try to get some decent pictures of the shawl before I wrap it up.
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...in which there are no spinning WIPs!  I'm taking a little break from spinning after 23 days of it. My knees will appreciate it!

It's been a while since I did a WIP roll call, and to be honest, I can't remember everything that was on my list! At least I have a couple of pictures to show you.

WIPs in Rotation:
  • A Taste of Honey shawl (weaving) [Ravelry] - Finished the weaving and took off the loom.  I've washed it in preparation for fringing. I also need to cut off the loose ends.  I love the little sequin surprises that appear randomly in the shawl.
A Taste of Honey shawl
  • The Sky is Purple and Full of Stars (Southern Skies) shawl [Ravelry] - I'm 50% done; working on round 131 of 158. It does not look significantly different than the last picture I posted.
     
  • What Do You See in the Sea? quilt for one of my "kids" (quilting) - Need to finish the machine quilting and bind it.
What Do You See in the Sea? quilt

Waiting to be rotated in:
  1. Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint)
  2. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Happy Pumpkin Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch--still can't find where I put this!)
  4. Halloween Phat Fiber samples (spinning) [Ravelry]
  5. Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia (cross stitch)

Hibernating
  1. Going Snow Global quilt (quilting)
  2. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  4. Seaweed Cardigan (knitting)  [Ravelry
WIPs To Be:
  1. A wall hanging (weaving) using the natural color handspun I did last summer
  2. Baby present for our niece - I have a plan and will rotate this in when I finish the other baby quilt.

Tour de Fleece 2013 is over...

... and there was much rejoicing!  I met my goals and I'm very happy. The only bummer is that my vacation is also over and it was back to work today.

Day 22:
I made a 2-ply handspun from the Wild and Natural singles, using the yarn cake method. Cake plying = wind the singles into a center-pull cake. Ply using both ends of the singles. It gets a little twisted up along the way, but it's worth a little extra untangling to have the plies come out even.

This is Wild and Natural:

Wild and Natural handspun

and the close up:

Wild and Natural handspun, close up
Specs:
Started 7/19/13;
Finished 7/20/13;
Natural Dyes Wild Card #5018 (3.7 oz) from Yarn Wench;
2-ply from a yarn cake; 
93 yds, 11 WPI

Day 23: Last batt; last spin.

I core-spun and used auto-wrapping for the last batt on my list. I had a few problems with this one and it is extremely energized. I'm going to wash it and hang a weight on it to see if I can get some of that twist out. If that doesn't work, I'll run it through the wheel in the opposite direction and see if that does the trick.

This is Carnaval:

Carnaval handspun

and the close up:

Carnaval handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 7/21/13;
Wild Card 4931 batt (4.2 oz) from Yarn Wench;
Core-spun, auto-wrapped with variegated rayon thread;
74.4 yds , bulky

Tour Recap:
  • I started with 14 batts—a total of 29.4 ounces of fiber.
  • I tried art yarn for the first time, learning about core-spinning, auto-wrapping, and working with locks along the way.
  • I ended with 18 skeins of handspun—a total of 1,332.3 yards
Here's the final collage. Note that it is missing one handspun as Flickr and I were fighting a lot over the last week. (One evening, it decided not to play with Ribbet or work from my bookmark. I had to access it through yahoo.com before I could upload my photos....grrr.)

Tour de Fleece 2013,  c'est fini

Other:

In addition to all of the spinning, I have been quilting and weaving. I am machine-quilting the baby quilt and it is 75% done. I finished weaving the shawl and took it off the loom Saturday. I washed it yesterday and it is ready for the fringe treatment

My poor Southern Skies shawl has been getting very little play, but I'll get back to that this week. I'm on round 129 of 158...only 29 round to go before the edging!

Hmmm, guess need to start thinking about an edging. I could do the same one as Celestarium. But, then again, I hate doing the same thing twice!
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Tour de Fleece, Days 20 and 21 plus Eye Candy Friday...

...a little late tonight, but at least I remembered!

First, the eye candy. Some marigolds:

Marigolds

an unknown pink flower in our backyard:

It's pink

and Miss Sombra watching me weave today.

Sombra, keeping cool

Tour de Fleece, Day 20:
I core-spun another batt and then plied it with a variegated thread. This is Crashing Surf handspun:

Crashing Surf handspun

and the close up:

Crashing Surf handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 7/18/13;
Crashing Surf Wild Card Bling batt (3.2 oz) from Yarn Wench;
core-spun single plied with green and white variegated thread;
31.6 yds bulky

Day 21:
I spent the morning quilting the baby quilt.

Next I spun another wild card batt from the Yarn Wench--I'm calling it Wild and Natural. I spun it as a regular single. I'll two-ply it tomorrow.

Wild and Natural singles

After I finished the singles, I wove a few inches on the shawl. I'm on the home-stretch and should finish it soon.

Up this weekend: Cram is as much crafting as I can!  Tour de Fleece ends Sunday and I think I can finish at least one more batt in addition to plying Wild and Natural.

The Husband is coming home on Sunday. I hope he has had a great a vacation as I have!
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Tour de Fleece, Days 17, 18, and 19...

...totally forgot that yesterday was Wednesday and didn't post. Guess that's a sign that I'm enjoying my vacation!

Day 17: 

Monday was a rest day and I took it; that is, I didn't spin. However, I did finish the top for the baby quilt and spent a few hours weaving.

Day 18:
I pieced together the backing for the baby quilt and got everything pressed. I'm ready to pin baste it.

On the spinning front, I decided to challenge myself and try core spinning. I used the Yarn Wench Glimmer Wild Card Bling Batts from my stash because there were two of them - if I blew the first one, I could spin the second one "normally."

The first thing I did was remove the Cotswold locks that were in the center of each batt. I wasn't sure how to incorporate them yet, so I decided to hold them for later.

Here are the finished yarns:

Glimmer handspun

1st batt: I split the batt into four or five strips and attempted to core-spin. I ended up with a thick and thin single with some of the thick areas not having enough twist. I plied it with a rayon thread to hold things together.

The close up:

Glimmer handspun #1

Specs:
Started and finished 7/16/13;
Glimmer Wild Card Bling batt (2 oz) from Yarn Wench;
core-spun single plied with variegated blue rayon thread, 20.5 yds bulky;

2nd batt: I split the batt into many thinner strips and predrafted them. The core-spinning went a little better with this one. I'm keeping it as a single. It’s very energized, but I like the way the colors look.

The close up:

Glimmer handspun #2

Specs:
Started and finished 7/16/13;
Glimmer Wild Card Bling batt (2 oz) from Yarn Wench;
Core-spun single, 24.2 yds, bulky

Day 19:
I pin basted the quilt and am letting it hang until I can start machine quilting it (today, maybe...).

I continued to experiment with core-spun yarns. I'd watched a YouTube tutorial on core-spinning locks that I wanted to try. Another tutorial showed a technique called auto-wrapping, where you basically let a thread wrap itself around the single as you spun it.

I core-spun the Cotswold locks leftover from the Glimmer batt I spun on Day 18 and auto-wrapped it with a variegated aqua thread.

Glimmer Locks handspun

and the close up:

Glimmer Locks handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 7/17/13;
Cotswold locks from Glimmer Wild Card Bling batt (2 oz) from Yarn Wench;
core-spun single auto-wrapped with variegated aqua rayon thread;
9.3 yds bulky; 

Next, I core-spun a Black Peacock batt from the Yarn Wench, auto-wrapping it with silver thread. The first silver thread I trying was too heavy and was a little stiff. It didn't wrap well and kept getting tangled. I switched to a lighter thread and it worked much better. This yarn is highly energized and I hope some of that comes out after washing.

Black Peacock handspun

and the close-up:
Black Peacock handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 7/17/13;
Black Peacock Tweed Wild Card Bling batt (3.6 oz) from Yarn Wench;
core-spun single auto-wrapped with silver metallic thread
37.2 yds bulky

Today is a day 20 and a challenge day, and I'm not sure if I can do anything more challenging that what I have been doing!
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Tour de Fleece 2013, Day 15 & 16...

...AKA vacation days 3 and 4.

Day 15 (Saturday):

I hosted our monthly Spin-In. I baked dark chocolate brownies and provided some cheese, crackers, and fruit. In between spinning for TdF, we helped another member work on her first quilt.

I spun the singles for two 2-ounce batts--one purple and one red-gray-black combo.  After I finished those two, I switched over to knitting Southern Skies. Because of TdF spinning, my progress is very slow on the shawl.

My prize from the Tour de Fleece prize drawing for Day 8 also arrived. I used the Caliope's Fibre gift certificate that I won to get two batts:

A 2.3-ounce layered pink batt (60% Merino, 18% Wensleydale, 12% BFL,  7% Rayon, and 3% Angelina):

Pink Layered Batt

and a 2.4-ounce layered green batt (40% Alpaca, 30% Fake Cashmere, 20% Rayon, 10% Merino):

Green Layered batt

As a bonus, she included some bicycle stitch markers:

Bicycle stitch markers

All in all, a truly great prize!

Day 16 (Sunday):

It was Hallmark Ornament Preview Weekend, which always falls during TdF.  I needed to get the Star Trek ornament for 2013, right? (Just agree with me; it's easier that way.) I got a few ornaments and put my name down for one that was out of stock already.

My next stop was Eddie's Quilting Bee. I'm almost ready to sandwich the baby quilt and I needed backing fabric. I found one that will work nicely. I also bought some red metallic thread for plying with the red-gray-black singles.

When I got home I started plying. Here is the Get Back Red Black handspun:

Get Back Red-Black handspun

and a close up:

Get Back Red-Black handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/13/13;
Finished 7/14/13;
Red-Black Crazy batt (2 oz) from Faerie Mountain Fibers singles plied with YLI red metallic cord;
74.4 yds 9 WPI

This is Crazy Purple handspun:

Crazy Purple handspun

and the close up:

Crazy Purple handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/13/13;
Finished 7/14/13;
Purple Crazy batt (2 oz) from Tanglebella Fibers singles plied with purple rayon thread;
119.1 yds 10 WPI

I finished out the day by working on the quilt top and watching True Blood.

I love vacation!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and it's also a F.O. Friday.  First up the eye candy.

I planted some new flowers in the courtyard.  Red dianthus:

Red dianthus

Vinca:

Vinca

Marigold:

Marigold

I finished Witches Tresses handspun:

Witches Tresses handspun

and a close up:

Witches Tresses handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/9/13
Finished 7/12/13
Witches Tresses batts (4.3 oz) from Shooting Yarn
singles plied with green thread;
214.1 yds 10 WPI

This is day 2 of my crafting vacation. So far I have finished the handspun above, sewed about 80% of the baby quilt top, cleaned my house, planted some flowers, picked tomatoes, and cleaned up my courtyard. It's been a productive 2 days!

I also made myself a stellar dinner last night of t-bone steak, quinoa, and colache (Mexican-style zucchini). Yummy!!

Up this weekend: I'm hosting Spin-In tomorrow, so I need to bake something.  I need to pick up my studio a bit and vacuum it...there are little bits of green angelina all over from the Witches Tresses handspun.

After that, its on to finishing up the baby quilt.  The baby for whom it is intended  was born on Wednesday, so I need to finish this up soon so I can mail it. Then I need to get serious about weaving the shawl as the wedding is fast approaching!

Other than that, it's more spinning for Tour de Fleece and knitting Southern Skies.

I love vacation!
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WIP-it Wednesday, TdF-style...

...Monday was a rest day (Day 10) for Tour de Fleece and I didn't spin.  Instead I worked on the baby quilt:

Baby quilt, in process

I still need to name this something than Under the Sea...

TdF Day 11:
I started spinning the Witches Tresses batts (4.3 oz) from Shooting Yarn.

Witches Tresses singles

I'm spinning this a bit thick because it shows the colors better. I think I'm going to leave it as singles.

Today is my virtual Friday. I'm taking vacation to spend quality time in my studio. With the Husband leaving soon for his annual Seattle-to-Portland ride, it will be just us girls at home. I'm also hosting Spin-In for the first time this weekend, so that will be fun.

Really looking forward to this time at home!
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Tour de Fleece 2013, Days 7, 8, and 9...

...it was a spinny weekend!

Day 7:
After work and dinner, I started spinning a one-ounce batt from Greenwood Fiberworks. I'm calling it Monet as it reminds me of the colors in his waterlilies painting.  I only spun for an hour as I was pretty tired.

Day 8:
I finished spinning the singles for Monet. It's pretty thin, so I plan on chain-plying it.

I also spun the singles for a two-ounce batt (Cream V) from Faerie Mountain Fibers. I spun this one pretty thick as it was not as smooth as some of the other batts I've spun.

I also worked on the baby quilt for which I still haven't found a suitable name.

Day 9:
I probably should mention that I am uploading pictures of each day's accomplishments to the main prize thread in the Ravelry Tour de Fleece group  (as well as the threads for my 3 teams: Spinnity, Spinning Purls, and Greenwood Fiberworks).  I have uploaded pix to the prize thread for each of the last 6 Tours and never won anything until now.

I won a prize for Day 8!  I chose a gift certificate from Caliope's Fibre, which I converted into two gorgeous batts!  I can't wait for those to arrive!

I chain-plied Monet and love how it turned out:

Monet handspun

and the close-up:

Monet handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/5/13;
Finished 7/7/13;
Multicolor batt (1 oz) from Greenwood Fiberworks;
Chain ply
68.9 yds 13 WPI

I plied the Cream V batt with some white Madeira Glamour thread that I found in my thread box. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough to do the entire bobbin, so I use some Madeira silver thread for the rest.

Cream V handspun

and the close-up

Cream V handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/6/13;
Finished 7/7/13;
Cream V batt (2 oz) from Faerie Mountain Fibers;
Plied with Madeira Glamour in white and Madeira silver thread;
96.7 yds 13 WPI

On the quilt front, I finished assembling the blocks and accent blocks. I'm in the process of sewing the components together to make rows.

While I watched the East coast feed of True Blood, I worked on the woven shawl.

I feel pretty good about the progress I made on all fronts. And, bonus!  The Daughter came over for Sunday dinner.

All is right with my world!
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F.O. (instead of Eye Candy) Firday

...it's been way too hot for the plants. Photographs of wilting leaves are just not attractive!

I spent the holiday plying my singles. It was hot and icky at home (read: no air conditioning). I had the fans going all day, but it was still pretty bad.

Tour de Fleece Day 5:
Spun the last one-ounce Wheel of Fortune batt (more below)

Tour de Fleece Day 6:  Plying day.

Plied the purple Wheel of Fortune singles with light purple 6/0 beads and pink sequins strung on variegated purple quilting thread. It was a time-consuming process to pre-string all those beads and sequins and I still didn't string nearly enough. I ending up have to string a bunch more. Plying this yarn took most of the day.

Purple Fortune handspun:

Purple Fortune handspun

and the close-up

Purple Fortune handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/2/13;
Finished 7/4/13;
Red and Gold Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz);
Plied with beads and sequins strung on variegated quilting thread;
100.5 yds 13 WPI

By the time I finished the purple, I was ready for some simple plying!  I hadn't determined how to ply the brown singles yet, so i just did a simple chain-ply. I think it was the right choice for this handspun as it did not have a lot of sparkle and was not as easy to spin smoothly. Chain-plying evened out the yarn.  I named it Earth:

Earth handspun

and the close up:

Earth handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/3/13;
Finished 7/4/13;
Red and Brown Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz);
Chain-ply 46.5 yds 11 WPI

I plied the red singles with metallic thread and called it a day.  This is  my Red Fortune handspun:

Red Fortune handspun

and the close up:

Red Fortune handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 7/2/13;
Finished 7/4/13;
Red-Gold Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz);
Plied with gold Sulky thread
102.3 yds 13 WPI

By the time I finished plying the yarns and taking pictures, I was exhausted.

One thing I noticed with my pictures above is that my laptop at home displays the images very differently that on my office monitor. These picture have an odd green or blue cast to them that I do not see on my home laptop.  I need to investigate how to fix that because I don't like the way it looks.

Up this weekend: More spinning! Now that I have finished all of the one-ounce Wheel of Fortune batts, I'm going to spin a one-ounce Greenwood Fiberworks batt. It's a gorgeous Merino-silk with purple and teal. I've been looking forward to spinning it.

I'll also spend some time working on the baby quilt and the woven shawl. They both need some quality time!
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June 2013 recap...

...and it's late. As is typical when Tour de Fleece is underway, I am so tuned into spinning that my normal routine is disrupted!

Finished:

  • 6/30 Bollywood handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Red and Blue Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz)  from Purlescense Yarns;
    plied with gold metallic Sulky thread strung with gold sequins;
    87.5 yds. 11-12 WPI
  • 6/29 Red-copper handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Mostly Red Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz) from Purlescense Yarns;
    plied with metallic rayon thread in copper;
    94.9 yds. 12 WPI
  • 6/15 Zen 2 handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
    Merino-Silk (4oz) top from Yarn Wench;
    249.4 yds chain-ply 12 WPI
  • 6/15 Sea Foam Cowl (knitting) [Ravelry
  • Books:
    1. Gotcha, Fern Michaels
    2. A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, Molly Harper
    3. Gabriel's Hope, Lizzy Ford
    4. Xander's Curse, Lizzy Ford
    5. Bound, Elisabeth Naughton
    6. Enslaved, Elisabeth Naughton
    7. Enraptured, Elisabeth Naughton
    8. Tempted, Elisabeth Naughton
    9. Entwined, Elisabeth Naughton
Started:
  • 6/30 Blue Fortune handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
  • 6/29 Red-copper handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
  • 6/29 Bollywood handspun (spinning) [Ravelry]
  • 6/23 Baby quilt, tentatively named Under the Sea

Worked on:
  • Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint)
  • The Night is Purple and Full of Stars (Southern Skies) shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  • A Taste of Honey shawl (weaving) [Ravelry]
  • Spin-In Fiber Sampler (This will take several months to complete as we are working on it together)

Works In Progress, did not work on:
  1. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  2. Happy Pumpkin Scissor Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
  3. Halloween Phat Fiber samples (spinning) [Ravelry]
  4. Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. Going Snow Global quilt (quilting)
  2. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  4. Seaweed Cardigan (knitting)  [Ravelry

WIPs To Be:
  1. A wall hanging (weaving) using the natural color handspun I did last summer
  2. Baby present for our niece

Tour de Fleece Day 3 & 4...

...on WIP-it Wednesday.

Day 3:
I finished the Blue Fortune handspun:

Blue Fortune handspun

Specs:
Started 6/30/13;
Finished 7/1/13
Mostly Blue Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz);
Chain-plied with beads;
37.2 yds, 10 WPI

Day 4:
I spun the singles for Purple Fortune:

Purple Fortune singles

and I spun the singles for Red Fortune:

Red Fortune singles

I don't think I'll ply these singles yet. My current thought is to spin the singles of the last one-ounce batt after work tonight and then ply all three tomorrow, making the most of my holiday. Also, I think the red singles are crying out for beads and sequins. If I decide to go that route, I'll string the embellishments on Sulky thread before I start plying, a time-consuming task all by itself.

I also got a chance to knit a couple of rounds on the Southern Skies shawl. I'm finishing up round 120 of 158. Still a long way to go!
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Tour de Fleece, days 1 and 2...

...and Happy July!

I realize that today is day 3 of Tour de Fleece (TdF), but I won't spin anything until I get home from work.

Day 1:
I spun and plied one of the 1-ounce batts. This is Red and Copper handspun :

Red and copper handspun

and the close up:

Red and copper handspun, close up

Specs:
Started and finished 6/29/13;
Mostly red Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz) plied with metallic rayon thread in copper;
94.9 yds. 12 WPI

I also spun the singles of another one-ounce batt that I'm calling Bollywood.

Day 2:
I plied the Bollywood singles:

Bollywood handspun

and the close up:

Bollywood handspun, close up

Specs:
Started 6/29/13;
 Finished 6/30/13;
Red and Blue Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz) plied with gold metallic Sulky thread strung with gold sequins;
87.5 yds. 11-12 WPI

I also spun the singles of a blue one-ounce batt that I'm calling Blue Fortune.

When I needed a break from spinning, I started cutting out the pieces of the first baby quilt. The baby is a boy and due the end of this month, so I need to get cracking.

I managed to weave a few inches on the Taste of Honey shawl, too. I'm making progress and hope to finish it soon. The wedding is August 3rd.

It's going to be hard to make decent progress during the work week, but I'll try!  Fortunately, my annual craft vacation starts the end of next week, so I'll be able to balance my time between the spinning and the two time-critical projects. I predict quality time in the studio!

I hope the weather cools off, though. It's hard to spin fiber or wrestle fabric when it's so hot!
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and a Tour de Fleece update. First, the eye candy. The sweet pea bush in our front yard is continuing to bloom: The tomatoes in th...