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Day 11: rest day! At least considering spinning. I started my new project in terms of using up a lot of fabric - a large quilt for our large bed. It will be 2x2,50m when finished and therefore be the largest thing I've ever done! I got 2 bags filled with fabric lately and in search of a place to put them I realized (again) there is no space for fabric anymore. Back when I was sewing medival style dresses between school and university I bought a lot of fabric in denser colors. A lot of dark greens and navy, but also a bolt of red. After someone at the Climbers TdF group said she always pairs colorful pieces with black in her quilts, I thought it would work with some of my darker fabrics, too, and of course with the red. Also I cut squares of some of my precious fabrics......

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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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