To recap my Tour yardage
from the top going clockwise.
120 yards of 2 ply: cashmere, fingering/sport weight
2 skeins, 192 + 466 yards of 3 ply: angora/merino plied with merino/silk and thread,
144 yards of 2 ply: merino, silk, mohair, wool, soy silk and firestar, lt bulky
44 yards of 3 ply: merino /bfl/thread, bulky weight.
By the next to the last day, Saturday, I still had not finished what I set out to do, which was to complete the spinning and plying of the fulled angora/merino. This meant, alas, spinning more merino/silk. Instead of knitting a swatch sample for a pattern being submitted to a popular knitting magazine ( I cannot say more or I will have to eliminate me or you) I spun spun spun all the merino silk I had in my possession, thinking it would be more than enough to pair with the angora/merino.
On Sunday I began the plying process. I don't know about you but I find that so boring. I listen to books, talk to anyone, including the dog and cat, but by 9 that evening I was nodding off at the wheel. Not as serious as nodding off at the wheel on a road but........
So I had a little discussion with myself. How bad do I want a virtual yellow t-shirt? How bad do I want to be able to say I completed my challenge? Would I feel like a failure if I didn't?
I don't like to fink out. I take my promises seriously. And that includes promises to myself. However I was kind (realistic?) and let myself off the hook, got myself ready for bed, ablutions, vitamins, jammies, etc. By then I was more awake so I sat behind the wheel again.
At 11:17 pm the last of the merino/silk was plied with thread and the angora/merino. There is more ang/mer on the bobbin but since there is no more mer/silk to be had close by I made an executive decision.
Fini! Done! Complet!
189 x 2 yards on the skeinwinder for a grand total of 1036 yards of the pinky/ purple stuff. I think that's plenty to make a vest with, especially since I want to use white for the edging. White for the edging? Are you nuts? Maybe. We shall see.
But here is the real prize.
I now get to spin bfl/silk in the colorway Tour de Fleece 2010,
dyed special for 2010 Team Spinning Bunny members.