Thursday, July 26, 2007

Tour de Fleece - Challenge Day

I can briefly re-cap the challenge day with a picture representing my personal Col l'Aubisque: feathers. Dyed feathers.

I first looked up some technique in the book: Spinning Designer Yarns by Diane Varney. (a must have for spinners - don't you think?) The book confirmed what I thought: 2-ply yarn, trapping the stem of each feather in a coil.

Plus it's a rainbow yarn, just for the wow factor. It's a fandango yarn for sure, but I'm nervous about setting the twist. I don't want to ruin the feathers by getting them wet. I'm hoping a little steaming will do the trick.

My unsolicited advice: way over-spin the single first, so you don't over-ply while doing your coils. That is if you desire spinning with feathers. Perhaps nobody else would. I accept that.

Now that we are just a couple of days away from the finale, I hope le Tour is going well out there... I believe it is! The Flickr pool is full and so is the Craftster board.

We have a flat stage on Friday, a decisive time trial on Saturday, and victory laps around the Champs-Élysées on Sunday. That is all for today.

Tomorrow: Fiber Friday

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