A plan is in place for Emmylou (my Lendrum wheel) and I to spin our way through the Tour de Fleece with team CrankyPants. While it's not in my nature to be as cranky as this group (they have the art of crank down pat!), I certainly lived up to their standards with the great knitting disaster and the weekend meltdown.
Spinning was a nice way to assuage the tortured knitting soul and treadling melted away the angst. First on the wheel for the Tour is an alpaca/silk fiber from Maia's company, Tactile Fiber Arts. She has faith in my ability to spin this fiber into a fine lace yarn of about 450 yds. I may have treadle fast enough to make dental floss of the fiber, but we'll see in the end. One bobbin is finished and it's so, so pretty.
My goal for the Tour is to spin with Project Spectrum South in mind. There's a bit of red fiber hanging around the stash and spinning from stash is der rigueur. This luxurious 80% merino/20% cashmere is from last years Spirit Trail Fiber Club and the intent is to spin a yarn suitable for the lace mitts in the Summer issue of Piecework. The fiber was heavenly to spin and a test skein turned out nicely.
Since Project Spectrum continues for a month after the tour, I should have time for another braid of fiber from Spirit Trail, a gorgeous, vibrant red. This one is a 50/50 cashmere/silk and the color is electric, hot and exquisite. Isn't this an "oh la la color?"
I'm not sure I have the ability to make this into a good yarn but, I am willing to give it a try. It's just so-o scrumptious and luxurious. I've been devouring Amy's new Spin Control book and find it very accessible, easy to read and full of great tips and information. I'm building up confidence to spin my mountains of fiber stash.