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This is my first year participating in the Tour De Fleece festivities. First I made some goals.

 

I will dye my own fiber this year. (I have never dyed before)

 

I will spin up my home dyed fiber

 

I will work with wools I haven't spun before

 

I will improve my long draw

 

I will experiment with diffierent plying methods

 

I will have fun

 

First I had to pick which fibers I would dye and how I would do it. It's too hot to go outside so I am gonna go Kool Aid for dying. It's cheap and non toxic. And the fiber...oh, the possibilities

 

I picked Polworth 8 oz, Corriedale 8 oz, Cheviot 8 oz, Wensleydale 8 oz

 

I dyed the polworth in a 3 qt crock pot in 2 oz bunches.

 

 

 

 

 

The first pic is ion the crockpot, I used purple and green Kool Aid, the second pic is my roving dying and the third is it navajo plied. I am calling it The Joker. It weighs 2 oz and is 80 yds. Below is the other 6 oz Polworth.

 

 

I was playing with my dying formula and method and trying to get it right when Gracie asked how come I don't used the giant crock pot I use to cook two turkeys at once at Thanksgiving. LOVE THAT CHILD! I had forgotten all about it. Now it was on. I could dye 8oz at once with no trouble.

This is 8 oz Corriedale

 

 

8 oz Cheviot

I call it Fresh Mango

And now I am working on the Wensleydale

 

 

It's hot outside, my ac has been broken all weekend and I should be a dreadful mess but I am having so much fun it's not as bad as it would be without all this fiber.

 

I'll add more pics later

 

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Comment by cherylbwaters on July 25, 2011 at 12:12am
I agree, she is awesome. I wish I could have gone to Sock Summit. I would have stopped to pick her up!
Comment by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on July 24, 2011 at 11:11pm

This is ashland bay 5 oz 350 yds and my lasy skein for tdf finished 10PM AZ time

2 oz 220 yds my end of event totals are 40 oz 2286 yds

none of which would have been possible if it weren't for gracie who turned 10 oz of fiber into fauzlogs that made spinning a piece of cake. She is awesome and my real team mate.

Comment by cherylbwaters on July 24, 2011 at 11:04pm
Oh, I'm in love with Django!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 22, 2011 at 1:40pm
that might be nice... they are a cross containing delaine merino, which is the finest merino available. 
Comment by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on July 22, 2011 at 1:32pm
the debouillet may be possible in AZ
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 22, 2011 at 1:13pm
Oh, and the Cormo is super super soft to spin and knit. 
Comment by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on July 22, 2011 at 1:03pm
yup, I like the Cotswald and Cormo
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 22, 2011 at 12:36pm
And the lambs are ALL so very cute!
Comment by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on July 22, 2011 at 12:32pm
I dunno Gracie fell in love with a photo of portland lambs. There are so many breeds of sheep
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 22, 2011 at 12:21pm
He is so, so cute!  What kind of  sheep do you want?

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