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Day 9 check in

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As today (7/8) is a rest day, I thought I'd do a quick report in the progress.

The red Louet corriedale is finished, plied, washed, then caked ready-to-use. I n-plied it on the same wheel that it was spun on, Ashford Traditional. Very smooth! The left skein is what I did during the first wk of Tour de Fleece. The left is what I spun on Kiwi and then n-plied around December or January this year so it's kind of interesting to see my improved spinning and plying skills. :)

My merino is still doing well, still on the 3rd bobbin. After this I'm going to start plying.

For the YarnChefSpin Merino/Bamboo blend that I finished plying in the beginning of the TdF (to free up the bobbins) is now being knitted up in a shawl! I also spun this last year-ish so I'm seeing more thick and thin spots, especially since this is a 2-ply.

I dyed up some rovings a couple of days ago and played with some label designs yesterday.  I just did it to see if I can give to friends as gifts but it gave me enough confidence to consider selling them. Hmmm.

Well it is a rest day but I don't think ill rest haha. Just keep this momentum going!

Tour de Fleece Week 1 recap

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Handdyed some 80% merino 20% tussah silk rovings yesterday and played with label ideas this morning. I'm planning to dye some (and spin some of them) for friends.

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So how's everyone doing with their Tour de Fleece? I'm really making a huge progress. I finished my Louet Corriedale, all on the borrowed Traddy (aka Ashford Traditional) and then on my 3rd bobbin of Ashland Bay Gray merino.

I realized I didn't post pictures of the borrowed Traddy. So here they are.

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It was kind of rusty from non-use, but I got rid of the rust (so they don't get on my yarn!) and oiled, oiled, and oiled. Do you see the OLD Ashford logo? And the conrod is LEATHER. This thing is so pretty. And unlike my initial judgment, this is SINGLE drive, making it really easy for me to get used to since my Kiwi is a single-drive wheel too.

I'm hoping to do some plying next week!