Saturday, July 22, 2006

Le Tour de France - Day Nineteen - down but not out

"It was late in Day Nineteen when our competitor was nearly sidelined for the day by a cramp in both her left hand and her left toes while plying the absolutely yummy superwash merino. However, with a short break, she was able to complete the plying round in approximately four hours. The finished product is now resting in a warm lavender bath, and our competitor has collapsed on the couch."

Yeah, four hours--I am so slow! But in four hours we went from this:

to this:

I absolutely love it. I think I've ended up with about 324 yards using about 4.3 ounces of fiber.

Here's a closeup:

Remember how, in an earlier post today, I muttered something about the whole thing falling apart in my hands? Oh yeah, I heard Toby Ziegler in my head saying "You don't want to tempt the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing!" when I wrote that, and I should have gone outside, turned around three times, and spit (sorry, it's one of my favorite West Wing references). It DID fall apart--twice, but I finally got it back together in one piece. There's a couple of bad spots, but on the whole, it's pretty good. And it looks gorgeous!

I definitely understand now how important it is to try and keep your singles consistent when spinning, otherwise you get uneven results. I've gotten better, but I need to concentrate on this more in the future.

I had a little bit left on one bobbin, and I'm just going to put that back on the wheel and start adding to it--but not until tomorrow.


At July 23, 2006 9:39 AM, Blogger HatboxRose said...

Wonderful yarn! I loved the singles, but the plying is gorgeous. Doesn't it fell good at the end, knowing you made your goal?

At July 24, 2006 3:51 PM, Blogger Missy said...

Ooh, that IS gorgeous. The colors remind me of watermelon. Good job!


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