Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIP Wed & Tour de Fleece Finish Line!

The Tour de Fleece came to an end on Sunday! I managed to spin through a ton of my fiber stash and spun pretty much every day the tour rode (and even on one of the rest days), which were basically my only goals for this year's event. I spun on Team Sasquatch and here is all of my finished yarn from the entire tour:

I spun a total of 1,103 yards (2,315 yards if we're counting each ply's yardage separately)! Not bad for trying to take it easy during the event.

Since I've been spinning so much yarn lately, my handspun bins are quite literally overflowing, so I decided to start some fun new projects with handspun yarns this week! First, I used one of my TDF yarns (spun from a crazy batt) to cast on for a Small Squirrel from 50 Yards of Fun (my latest book obsession):

Then, I got inspired to cast on for a squishy hippo using another book from my knitting library, Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson:

I'm using a pre-TDF skein of handspun; the fiber is BFL and BFL sparkle from Yarn Geek Fibers. I actually re-plied it during the tour because I thought the skein was just a bit too loosey-goosey. Here is the original skein:

...and a photo of the re-plied skein:

I know the lighting is pretty different between the two photos, but hopefully you can still get an idea of how much nicer the re-plied skein of yarn looks. I got the idea to give this a try from a recent post on the Knitting Sarah blog, and boy am I glad I did!

Thanks for joining me this week! For more WIP Wednesday inspiration, visit the Tami's Amis Blog!

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