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Monday, July 03, 2006

Tour de Fleece Begins!

We'll talk about the spinning in a minute, first things first - I'm an Aunt! Kind of. Little Allen was born at 10:49pm on Friday, June 30, 2006! He was 9 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 3/4 inches long. He's actually my Sister in Law's Sister's son, but I've claimed Auntiship on him. I understand that everyone is doing well. Congratulations Dalese and Eric! Maybe we'll get a picture soon (hint, hint, Mindy- I know you have the camera there!)

This is the third day of Tour de Fleece and so far I'm doing great! What you can see is my spinning from the first two days. Its a wool/mohair blend (probably Romney or something similar) that I bought from an unknown vendor at Maryland and plan to make socks from. I've finished one bobbin and hope to finish the second bobbin for today's spinning. I'll ply these pretty soon since I've spun them up so quickly. I'm waiting a few more days before plying the blue and green singles I showed Friday because the green singles (which I spun first) sat on the bobbin so long the twist should have settled, while the more freshly spun blue singles still had an active twist. I've found that if I ply when the twist is either active on both bobbins or set on both bobbins I get a nicer, more balanced, finished yarn. Mixing active twist and set twist doesn't work as well for me.

At sometime over the next few days I need to do some cleaning on the blog and get some buttons up. I also plan to link to the sock tutorial in the side bar - that should make it easier to find if anyone needs to come back to it at some point.

Friday is the day the first clue gets posted about the Mystery Stole so of course I'm a bit nervous about that. I don't think I'll have the same computer related problems that haunted me last year, but I worry about leading 700+ people (can you believe it?) in a project where they have no idea what it will look like and they get the first clue and go, "Euuwww. This is the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Melanie must be nuts to think this is a good idea." So that's what's going on around here...


Blogger Denise said...

"Euuwww. This is the ugliest thing I've ever seen."

ROFL! I seriously doubt that will happen, Melanie, but I completely understand the anxiety factor. :)

Love the colors in your Tour de Fleece roving. The blue and green will look especially nice together.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Get a grip Melanie, ALL your designs have been completely gorgeous so far! i don't think you have an ugly design bone in your body!

Seriously, it's hard putting something of yourself out there for the world to see and judge, but i really think it is impossible for you to design something that someone would say is the ugliest thing they have ever seen! i know that every one will love it!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Melanie, don't be nervous. If I wanted total control over the next shawl I was going to knit I would pick a pattern and not do a mystery stole. I'm looking forward to the first clues and belonging to the group - whatever the pattern ends up being. - that's the fun of the mystery.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Oh, Melanie, I think the other shawls you've designed are simply gorgeous, and reason to doubt this one will be as well! I'm really excited about this! I've done mystery quilts, but this will be my first mystery knitted item. Can't wait for tomorrow!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Ohh yummy handspun yarn. What a speed demon spinner you are. And so far I love the new stole. So worry not :-)

11:32 AM  

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