TdF Finish!

I had a wonderful spinners’ party!

There were lovely people. One spinner who helps a lot at Trollenwol and had all kinds of tips for wool fairs and festivals. One spinner who works at the LouΓ«t factory!! She’s a furniture designer/spinning wheel designer. And the host has a tea and spices shop, Thee en Kruid, and we were allowed to test all the testers of the teas.

I had a blue tea and a pink tea. The pink tasted like apple pie. Oma’s apple pie. Apple pie tea! I want to make you a cup right now, you should really experience it! (unless you’re allergic to nuts).
It’s called “notendroom” and is one of the most luxurious melanges in the shop.

The blue tea is called “Blue Butterfly” and is true blue in real life. I added a bit of mint which caused it to be green blue. The blue comes from the Kittel-flower which is the Dutch name for Asian Pigeonwings or Darwin flower. Kittel is a German coureur in the Tour de France πŸ˜€

We all were spinning festive fibres! Ineke spun purple filled with glitter. Sanne plied neons and this purple yarn with her beautiful WIPbag (from Spinspul I assume). Tibbe was spinning red, a favourite colour, and was given the red WIP bag. I spun my Merino and it was even better than anticipated, especially when I flicked the other sides of the locks too.

It’s already finished. 60 grams yielded 83 meters of lofty, super soft aran thinkness Dutch Merino.

I feel like I know these sheep personally because they belong to a knitter friend of mine. They are Saxon Merino, living in Europe, so no mulesing is needed (although that practice is going out of fashion fast. All New Zealand Merino is already mulesing free and equally sympathetic Australian Merino can be found too.)

Saxon Merino’s are related to one of the other soft soft European breeds that I love: Bowmont. I’ve written about them before, both the fleece and the yarn. I visited the breeder in the UK once, Devon Fine Fibres. Incredible professional and passionate people! Natural Fibres.org is an entrance to their yarn, I think.

Ooh I have luxury problems! Will I flick some more locks? Make a second cup of apple pie tea (I bought some to bring home!) and spin some locks? Wash some more locks perhaps even??
Or will I lie back on the couch and see how I feel about this:

That’s the new green sparkly TdF handspun rolls vest (I love how, in English, you can just stack the property describing words nearly endlessly) and I’m looking to see if I like the look of its lace panel.

At the top is the lace part of the back panel, that one I like. It was knit bottom up. The front panel at the bottom is knit top down and I tried to mirror the back panel. Which required a bit of hotseflotsepocus. This is jargon for an educated guess Pippi Longstocking style.

Yes I think I’ll do a bit of handspun knitting now. With tea. Pippi Longstocking style: put my feet up and doing something I know little about boldly and with confidence.

p.l.Β What an incredible finish today πŸ™‚

Lovely how Pippi comes around again and visits my spirits. Featuring in my TdF ravatars for years now. And my regular ravatars.

(yes that is Lillepoes. When it was her first year at the cabin, being very happy. I shopped a Pippi wig onto her and she’s been my ravatar for years.)(She’s right beside me now, on the couch, very happy to be here again.)

I think I’ll go and join her for a lie down on the couch. Right after I’ve made my cup of apple pie tea.

Love, Anna.

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TdF day 21: arrived at the cabin for a “wool-cation”

I brought the Merino and the Shetland to spin and the yarn spun from the green rolls to cast on of a sleeveless vest with a lace panel across the chest:

Lillepoes and I will be staying here for 10 days. There will be some woolly fun! On Sunday there’s a spinners’ party at a friends and on Tuesday I’ll be dyeing with indigo under supervision from Lieneke from Wolop. !!!

For the other days I have a request list as long as my arm: spinning, knitting, sewing, felting, washing fleece, carding, flicking, picking, dyeing. But first it’s relaxing and taking a walk around the property, taking in all the green.

UPDATE
We got chased back inside because the country side is filled with big flying stinging beasts, “dazen” in Dutch.

I’m already 30 rows into the vest! Oh, how nice it is to knit with handspun. I made good notes on my other Debbie Vest and can just follow them. Gauge is girtually the same.

Lillepoes is exstatic to be here, I just received a cuddle session that was more passionate then I’ve ever known.
It has been some time since we were here so I understand. I suspect I’ll see more signs of kitty happinness over the following week 😻😻😻

TdF day 16: a Dutch victor!

Bauke Mollema won the stage today! Well deserved, he was so good last year but didn’t get the recognition. Even lost his place in the team.

Today my collage has Bauke’s name at the top and it shows the pyramid bag I entered for the Tour de Fleece prize tombola of the Dutch Karma Swap Group:

I finished the green skein and set the twist. 465 meters in 200 grams, will it be enough for a sparkly vest? We’ll see. Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of the skein.

TdF day 14: wove with handspun (and spun some green)

This is a functional weaving, good for a little WIP bag:

(I’m sure I do not have enough WIP bags yet)

This handspun is lovely!

The end is funny, the skew is intentional:

Nice for the front of a bag, no? Wider at the bottom.

The evening light does not portray colours well. There are many nuances. I can’t wait to warp the loom again an weave up some more of the handspun. I have two moving boxes full of it in the attic here!

Perhaps there’s a little time next Sunday.

Oh and I peddled on the wheel fiercely! Still not spun enough rolls to start the plying tomorrow… but perhaps Sunday?

I’ll also do the dishes on Sunday. Paint the window sills. Sew some pants. Tend to the cats. Vacuum the bed. Tidy up some rooms. Take a bath. Make chicken stock. Take my dutiful rest at noon and 4. Have a walk in the evening. And go into town and buy some cotton and then warp the loom. And eat chocolate. And recuperate from a trip I’m taking tomorrow to visit with some darling knitters.

July the 16th will have 48 hours this year.

TdF day 13: worry about fibre supply

I was really worried that I wouldn’t have enough fibre for the 10 days that I’m in the city now.

I was sure I’d have the green rolls spun and plied by yesterday morning.
I’d have that mountain of Shetland done by tomorrow, surely.
That’s why I brought an extra two bags full of dark grey eco-fleece.

I don’t know where I thought all the extra hours in a day would occur…

Weird Wool Wednesday: the faithful travel project

This bag has been traveling with me everywhere the past few weeks:
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It’s a WIP bag from Spinspul. Handwoven bottom with a nice fabric top. Zipper. Bigger than usual. Lined too.

What’s in it?
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Ah yes, the Old Town cardigan. A new back panel set up. All ready to go. Decrease every 12th row. Just open bag and knit.

It’s been patiently waiting for me to knit on it for weeks… living in the bag. It’s a good thing that I the bring the bag everywhere. When next there’s a chance to knit it will be with me. I’m not drawing any conclusions form the fact I haven’t knit on it for a long time. “Results from the past are no guarantee for the future.”

Better get back in the bag. Better be ready.
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