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Tour de Fleece 2018

I had a relatively quiet Tour de Fleece this year, mostly because I was away for a week towards the end of it, so I knew I wouldn’t get much done.

I initially got out all of my fibre with the intention of spinning it up:

This included (going anti-clockwise from the right) 291g of Raven’s Wing gradient, 302g of Dephinium gradient, 293g of Hummingbird gradient, 280g of Mermaid’s Lair gradient, 280g of Mineralise gradient and 300g of a cashmere, silk and BFL gradient.

I have made a collage of my daily progress pics:

And the finished skeins came out like this:

 

1,376 yards of 2-ply fingering weight Raven’s Wing gradient.

 

 

946 yards of 2-ply DK weight Delphinium gradient.

 

1,178 yards of 2-ply fingering weight Hummingbird gradient.

 

A total of 3,500 yards spun up over the course of the Tour de France/Fleece.

2018 Stashdown – late year update

From you have I been absent since the spring. Oops.

I have been busy knitting and spinning, but I’ve managed to completely fail to update here (mostly because I’ve been rubbish at getting photos done). I will cover Tour de Fleece in its own post, but will just summarise here that I turned 886g of fibre into 3,500 yards of yarn during the TdF period.

So, what have I been otherwise up to since April?

After finishing Abisko (the last recorded stashdown entry), I worked my Winged Fancy gradient into a short-sleeved pullover (Cullum), using up 904 yards in the process:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/cullum

I stayed working with handspun to complete another short-sleeved top (Bayside), which took another 918 yards out of service.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/bayside-pullover

Next up was a quick baby jumper for my hairdresser, using 467 yards of stash:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/seamless-baby-sweater-10

This was followed by a stranded cardigan which mixed handspun and Wollmeise, for a total of 1,191 yards (and which I only added the buttons to yesterday):

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/116-9-frozen-cherries

This took me up to the start of Tour de Fleece, where (as I said) I turned 886g of fibre into 3,500 yards of yarn:

I also managed to spin another 280g of fibre into 1,584 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn, but finished this after Tour de Fleece had finished:

https://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/mermaids-lair

I immediately started working with this new handspun, starting with a long waterfall cardigan (Bienvenidas), which used up 1,376 yards of yarn:

 

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/bienvenidas-cardigan

Then I got stuck into another gradient sweater, using up 946 yards of yarn:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/daisy-sweater

That was September. I ran an overseas marathon in September (Berlin) and another in October (Chicago), so was a bit busy with those, before tackling another gradient sweater, this time a version of Elfe without any striping, using up 1,148 yards of handspun:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/elfe-3

I still had a fair bit of the Mermaid’s Lair gradient left after that so threw together a cowldana design (part cowl, part bandana) which used up 169 yards in the first iteration:

And 260 yards in the second:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/strobilus-cowldana-2

That brings me to, since April:

Yarn out:  8,468 yards, 2,013g
Yarn in: 5,084 yards, 1,166g

Net yarn decrease: 3,384 yards, 847g

Fibre stash reduction: 1,166g.


Updated stash figures as at today (and before I get a new fibre delivery):

Yarn stash:  48,129.2 yards (just over 29 miles).
Yarn stash: 11,377g

Fibre stash: 600g

The eagle-eyed may spot that my figures don’t quite tally from the Q1 update, that is because I have marked some small scraps of yarn all used up as they will be used for tying up skeins, etc.

2018 Stashdown – first quarter update

I started 2018 with 54,562.1 yards or 13,076g of yarn in stash and 1,680g of fibre. My aim for 2018 is still to try and work through as much of this as possible, whilst limiting my purchases (but not going the full ‘cold sheep’). Ravelry has also included a ‘challenge’ feature in which I have committed to try and complete 12 knitting projects during the year, and I’m going to try and make them all sweaters (all the better to use up yarn). Alas there isn’t also a spinning challenge option, but Tour de Fleece will be coming up again in July and I’ve probably not got enough fibre for the duration (shame, and I won a gift voucher from my favourite dyer too).

I started the stashdown by spinning up some fibre (promptly giving myself a ganglion cyst having been away from the wheel for so long). 280g of fibre somehow turned into 292g of yarn, a 2-ply gradient in ‘Winged Fancy’ colourway. 904 yards total.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winged-fancy

I then thought I’d better get stuck into the stashed yarn, having just increased my net stash, so pulled out some Wollmeise and got stuck into a sweater. Miranda’s Mom used up a full 2 skeins, so 1,150 yards (300g).

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mirandas-mom

Another sweater quickly followed, this time Mesmeric, which used up another 2 skeins of Wollmeise, this time 300g gave me 1,020 yards of yarn.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mesmeric-pullover

Marathon training was kicking in at this stage, and I didn’t want to add in treadling to already tired legs, so I kept up the sweater-knitting kick and used up another 880 yards (or 258g) of yarn in Hyperion.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mesmeric-pullover

One last sweater to finish off the quarter, this time I turned the Abisko sweater upside down (and lengthening the sleeves) so that I could just keep working until I ran out of yarn. This turned out to be quite a long way, given the lace, turning the sweater into a dress and using up 300g or 1,150 yards of yarn.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/abisko-pullover

Q1 yarn out:  4,200 yards, 1,158g
Q1 yarn in: 904 yards, 292g

Q1 yarn decrease:  3,296 yards, 866g

Q1 fibre stash reduction: 280g.


Updated stash figures at the end of Q1:

Yarn stash: 51,266.1 yards (just over 29 miles).
Yarn stash: 12,210g

Fibre stash: 1,400g

 

 

 

 

Stashdown 2017 – August progress

August saw my first yarn purchase in over 2 years when I needed to buy some additional yarn to finish the following sweater (which used a total of 1,834 yards of yarn):

 

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/krone

That added 374 yards to my stash (before finishing the sweater).

I also carded and then spun some alpaca fibre into 348 yards of light fingering weight yarn, losing some of the fibre along the way (I started with 100g but ended up with 87g). There was a lot of grease in the fibre which led to some gentle felting whilst washing it out, but I’m pretty happy with the end result.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/cotswolds-alpaca

 

Total monthly yarn out:  1,834 yards, 367g
Total monthly yarn in:  722 yards, 162g

Net monthly yarn decrease:  1,122 yards, 205g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 100g.


Total yarn out ytd: 12,769.5 yards, 4,507g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn increase ytd: 980.5 yards, (1,327)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 3,050g.

Stashdown 2017 – July progress

July was dominated by Tour de Fleece. Although I did also knit a sweater the fit wasn’t quite right and it got ripped out and re-worked, not counting for July yardage. Instead all I managed to do was add to my stash as follows:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport).

Total monthly yarn out:  0 yards, 0g
Total monthly yarn in: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Net monthly yarn increase: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 1,650g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,028 yards, 3,018g

Net yarn increase ytd: 2,092.5 yards, (1,122)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 2,950g.

Tour de Fleece 2017 – the victory lap

Just as Chris Froome only had to finish the final stage to with the Tour de France, I managed to complete my spinning in advance of the final day.

I had gone from

TDF 2017 – start

to

TDF 2017 – finish

Spinning up the following fibre:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport). Not bad for a few weeks’ work.

Stashdown 2017 – June progress

June, the halfway point in the year, saw the completion of both knitting and spinning projects, both decreasing and increasing my stash. Let’s see how it all played out.

It began with the completion of another Viajante (aka giant vagina) which I had been working on at Bungay. This used up a total of 2,078 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/viajante-2

I also did a little pre-Tour spinning, turning 100g of Oatmeal BFL into 526 yards (and 113g) of a light fingering weight 2-ply yarn:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/oatmeal-bfl

Another 100g of BFL, this time in a natural brown, was turned into 498 yards (and 101g) of light fingering weight 2-ply:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/brown-bfl-2

The rest of June was spent working on another knitting project that is still a WIP as the Tour de Fleece takes over in July.

Total monthly yarn out:  2,078 yards, 176g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,024 yards, 214g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,054 yards, (38)g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 200g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 6,318 yards, 1,355g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,617.5 yards, 2,805g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,300g.

 

Tour de Fleece 2017 – under starter’s orders

The Tour de Fleece (and Tour de France) are scheduled to start tomorrow and I have selected the fibre I would like to try and spin this year. It is a bit of a stash-busting challenge (which fits in nicely with my 2017 stashdown challenge) and features a wishlist of what I would like to get through over the next 21 days of spinning (I will be taking different rest days to the cyclists).

TDF 2017 – start

In order of spinning there is:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey
  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway
  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway
  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn
  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway
  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway
  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway
  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway
  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre, which should be possible given that I can usual spin 100g of singles on a good day. Add in another third of a day of plying for each 100g spun and it should come out just about right.

Stashdown 2017 – May progress

May saw a net addition to my stash as the only project I managed to complete in month was spinning up 300g (really 315g) of white Southdown top into 1,394 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-southdown

Knitting was perpetrated, but nothing was finished during May.

Total monthly yarn out: 1,394 yards, 315g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn increase:  1,394 yards, 315g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.


Total yarn out ytd: 8,857.5 yards, 3,964g
Total yarn in ytd: 5,294 yards, 1,141g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 3,563.5 yards, 2,823g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,100g.

 

Stashdown 2017 – February progress

February has been a quiet month in terms of stashdown. I started with spinning up some fibre, 300g (really 310g) of Corriedale becoming 1,578 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-corriedale

I then decided to try my hand at weaving to use up some yarn. It had been a few years since I’d used the loom so figured I should have a bit of a test run first. My first experiment with trying to use two heddles to weave a double wide cloth did not go as planned, and ended up in a lot of yarn, 1,007 yards, making its way to the bin (but at least it was cheap leftovers from another project).

I stuck to weaving strips of fabric from my handspun and sewing them together to make a bit of a wobbly blanket (the strips weren’t all of the same length in the end), using up 2,600 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/handspun-breed-blanket

Total monthly yarn out: 3,607 yards, 926g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,578 yards, 310g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 2,029 yards, 616g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.


Total yarn out ytd: 6,885.5 yards, 3,501g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 2,985.5 yards, 2,675g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.