FO: Warm Winter Wishes

With a year of spinning behind me now, it took a good friend to make me knit with the yarns I have made.  My good friend Tiff was in town for the Dragon Boat Festival back in June and she admired the yarn and when we made plans to go camping/adventuring this weekend, I knew I had to make it into something for her.

The yarn I made it out of was a batt I got from Diana the genius behind Fiber Fancy.  The batt was beautiful, and soft and fantastic, and the color was just so warm.

I spun it into a really soft, thick/thing single. It was my first attempt at woolenspun yarn, however, it was really inconsistent. So in the areas that are silky it is thread thin and in the more alpaca-y areas it is bulky, so the simple lace pattern actually highlights the yarn really well.

I have had this pattern in my queue forever, and it was a great knit.  And it is just so wonderfully warm and fuzzy, the alpaca makes it warm and it has a shedd-y halo that just makes you want to pull it on.

By the time this post goes up the recipient will have it in her hands, and I hope she loves it as much as I do


Project Name: Warm Winter Wishes

Pattern: Ptarmigan by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed

Recipient: Tiff, a good friend of mine

Yarn: Green Bean's String, my handspun single made from a Fiber Fancy Batt, Winter Sunrise.


  • I stopped after row 20 of chart B so that I didn't run out of yarn

New Skills:

  • None, although it is my first time knitting with my own handspun yarn.

Feedback: Nice pattern, and of course being a Brooklyn Tweed pattern, it is a great pattern and has beautiful photos and graphic design.

Re-Knit?: Possibly, however, it is a nice base for a new cowl design, the ratios are solid from cast on to bind off edge.

Tour de Fleece: Start Line

So having spun for about 11 months now, 6 months on my wheel, the Tour de Fleece (TdF) seems like an ideal challenge.  The Tour de Fleece is a group on Ravelry who have challenged themselves to spin for the entirety of the Tour de France, which runs from July 2nd to 24th. The challenged started in 2006 and this year there are thousands of people particpating across the world.

The idea, is to have a giant, long, spin-a-long where everyone gets to challenge themselves in different ways.  Some people give themselves volume requirements (as in I am going to spin 3lbs of fiber), others challenge themselves to making really thin yarns, or seeing how much yarn they can spin (as in I want to spin 10km of yarn) or using a certain technique (art yarns, chain plys, singles) , while others challenge themselves to spin every day.

This year I am joining Team Rookies (because it is my first year in the Tour), Team Ashford (because I will be spinning on my Ashford Traveller) and Team Phattie, (as pretty much all my fiber is from Phat Fiber artists).

So my challenges for the Tour are:

  • To spin every day, for a minimum of 10 minutes
  • To spin one yarn with a pattern in mind, which means being intentional about my spinning technique, yarn weight and trying to aim for specific lengths.
  • To spin some silk successfully
  • To spin at least one yarn: -Long Draw -From the Fold -Chain Plyed
  •  To spin with intention, and make sure that no matter what I enjoy the activity
Thankfully I have friday, Canada Day, off so I can get the fantastic ViolaViola BFL off the wheel and I will be ready to go for the Tour starting on Saturday.