Tour de Fleece 2015 – Day 1

The Tour de France has come around again, and with it the Tour de Fleece. 2014 was my first experience of the Tour de Fleece and I was working only with spindles that year. This year I will be working with my Ashford Joy 2 wheel and have set myself a big challenge in terms of quantity.

imageI will be starting with a Hilltop Cloud Shetland sweater pack, which is 500g (at least), and which I hope to finish before I leave for residential school in a week’s time (where my spinning time will be severely restricted by 12 hour days plus marathon training to fit in). If I manage to get through all of that then there is 200g of Catherine Howard (the blue and pink fibre), which is the oldest fibre in my stash (bought 29th December 2013 according to my records, in anticipation of learning to spin). If I somehow manage to get that far (and I currently have the final 3 days of the tour scheduled to spend in France) then there is another 200g of Blue Tit (the yellow and blue fibre). All fibre is Hilltop Cloud and I am only competing for Team Hilltop Cloud and Team Lovers of Ashford UK (since all of my spinning will be done on my Ashford Joy 2).

I started day 1 a little late, having attended a 3 hour running training session in the morning on a whim and having to cycle home afterwards. I had hoped to get 100g under my belt for day 1, but the scales say I still have 440g of the sweater pack left. I think I have at least 85g on the bobbin though, rather than only 60. I will find out when I switch bobbins tomorrow and can weigh the full one.

 

IMG155 TdF - Day 1

Strobilus hat

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/strobilus—hat

A warm and snuggly slouch hat that is reminiscent of pine cones.

Slipped stitches create pockets of air to keep your head warm, and make this hat ideal for handspun yarn which might be a little variable in thickness.

Stitch pattern used in the hat is available in both written and charted formats, though the majority of the instructions are written.

Matching fingerless mitts are available for a coordinated look.

Hat requires:

  • 200-260 yards of 4ply/fingering weight/sock yarn
  • 3.75mm circular needle for hatband
  • 4mm circular needle for body of hat
  • stitch marker to indicate start of round
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Sizes:

  • size small to fit head circumference 18”
  • size medium to fit head circumference 20”
  • size large to fit head circumference 22”

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images. Click on the image above for more photos.

Available on ravelry for £2.50 (EU customers will have VAT added at checkout):

Strobilus mitts

Strobilus mitts

A pair of warm and snuggly fingerless mitts that are reminiscent of pine cones.

Slipped stitches create pockets of air to keep your hands warm, and make these mitts ideal for handspun yarn which might be a little variable in thickness.

Stitch pattern used in the mitts is available in both written and charted formats, though the majority of the instructions are written.

A matching slouchy hat is available for a coordinated look.

Mitts require:

  • 150-170 yards of 4ply/fingering weight/sock yarn
  • 2.25mm circular needle/DPNs for cuff
  • 2.75mm circular needle/DPNs for body of mitts
  • 4 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Size:

  • sized to fit adult hands.

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images. Click on the image above for more photos.

Available on ravelry for £1.75 (for EU customers VAT will be added at checkout):

Hilltop Cloud stashdown challenge

Things have been a little quiet in the Designs part of Doggrell Designs recently. This has been because I have been taking part in Hilltop Cloud’s stashdown challenge. A deadline of 24th of April was set and we set out challenges starting on 1st March. I was running a half marathon that day, so didn’t get started until a few days later. I had set myself the challenge of spinning up these 10 different braids of fibre, over 1kg in total:

SONY DSCYesterday I finished plying the last of the braids, 110g of Masham that was the Hilltop Cloud BoB club fibre for January 2015. It dried in the glorious sunshine (and wind) today, to complete my challenge with a couple of days to go:

SONY DSCYou can click on either photo to go to my 2015 Spinning photo album for more shots of each fibre and its progression into yarn.

I now have time to spend knitting (and a lot more yarn to knit up) and shall soon be working on a couple of new designs (a hat and matching set of mittens) which I hope to have published (unseasonably) by June.