A small update on my TdF spinning. I finished my alpaca singles and plied it on Day 4. On Day 5 there was more carding than spinning. I only spun 2 skeins singles for my rug. In the evening I carded a whole laundry basket full of rolags. Tomorrow is spinning time again. ...

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I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece this year (June 30-July 22). My goal is to spin that 5 yellow bags of sheep (and cheap) fleece I bought back in 2004 from a local farm filled with enthusiasm and naivety that it would be that hard to make something really cool with it. After washing a handfull wool I found out (back then): 1. Raw sheep fiber smells very strongly. 2. Sheep have quite a lot of lanolin. 3. I don't like the touch and smell of that thing there in the bags. My conclusion was some what repressing: I put the bags in my cellar for the next 8 years and had a bad conscience about it every time I saw the bags (which was not that often, I really stuffed them in the backmost corner). But! This year my Tour de Fleece project is to finally give this poorly neglected fiber a purpose and......

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I got a bunch of brand new spindle prototypes today. They are lightweight (the smallest is 9g/0.3oz, the bigger ones 11g/0.4oz) and a little bit too light for my purpose.Then I got 2 larger ones (20g/0.7oz) and they spin like a dream. Currently I'm respinning the leftovers of a yarn I did some years ago. For a beginner it was a little bit tricky to manage the merino and silk mixture then, so I'm redoing it a little bit thinner and ply it properly. Back when I spun the fibers I knitted it as a single yarn into a clapotis scarf which I wear from autumn to spring whenever the weather calls for a warm neck. That's why I couldn't let this super soft yarn rot in my stash forever. ...

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I've done a lot of stitching recently. The first thing I finished was a tree from a drawing my friend gave me for that purpose. I actually wanted to do the outlines only but then my needle just wouldn't stop. After filling some twigs it looked weird not having stitched the stem and the orb. This way an one-evening-project became a three evening project by accident. Stupid fingers never want to do what my head is telling them to do... In letzter Zeit habe ich viel gestickt. Die erste beendete Sache war ein Baum, dessen Skizze mir eine Freundin für diesen Zweck überlassen hatte. Eigentlich wollte ich nur die Umrisslinien machen, allerdings wollte meine Nadel nicht so wie ich und hat nicht aufgehört. Nachdem ich ein paar Zweige und Äste ausgefüllt hatte, sahen der Stamm und die Kugel so merkwürdig leer daneben aus. Und ZACK wurde aus einem 1-Abend-Projekt ein 3-Abende-Projekt.......

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It's done! Back last year in December I asked Katrin from katiwo (she has the cutest jewelry EVER!)  if she would like to draw a set of animals for me to convert into an embroidery pattern. She said yes and I began stitching the animals as soon as I got them. And then... there were so many other things to do, that drew my attention so the held a little slumber on my to.do-shelf right up above my desk. Yes, I have a to do shelf and it's at exact that place because I like the self-torture of looking at unfinished project everytime I look above my monitor. After finishing the stag bug, which I started first, of course, some weeks ago today I decided to actually make the pattern and digitalisation. After all, I had the photos, the text, the pattern sheet, just had to......

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