TDF 2015 FO Roundup

TDF Spinning: Wooly Mastadon

Well, today is the final day of TDF and I thought it would make sense to share my final products with you from #TDF2015. I made amazing progress this year. Last year I only managed to spin a little and didn’t even finish one skein of yarn. This year I successfully finished two skeins of yarn in the three week period. I am super excited about my progress, especially since this is the fastest I have ever spun, the quality has improved greatly, and the quantity is unheard of for me. I was happy if I’d finish a skein in a little over a month in the past. The first skein I spun up for TDF I finished in a week. But you want the stats, here you go…out of order.

The second skein I finished (pictured above) hasn’t yet been featured here. It is around 546 yards of a 2-ply sport weight yarn, spun up from a braid of sw merino/nylon in the Copper Harbor colorway from Camelot Dyeworks. I love this yarn, and am pretty sure that if a shawl doesn’t see it first, it will become a wonderful pair of socks to wear around the house in winter. I absolutely love it. It does veer away from my typical color tendencies, but ever since I saw this color, I knew I’d have to spin it up eventually and I am so happy I did.

Spinning FO: Wooly MastadonThe first skein I spun up for TDF all came together in a week. It is a skein of 352 yards of a 2-ply light worsted weight yarn. This is also from Camelot Dyeworks: her Gumdrops colorway in BFL. I had never spun BFL before and I must say I am converted and love it, perhaps even more than merino. I shared my progress earlier, but I must say this skein will need to be knit up ASAP. I love it!

Well that is it for TDF 2015. My spinning and knitting mojo is still going strong, so don’t expect this spinning to die down as quickly as it often does around here. Ah well, I’m off to work, but enjoy the last bit of your weekend!

~Stay Inspired

 

Just Some Knitting

WIPs: Wooly Mastadon

As you probably already have guessed, most of my time lately has been spent spinning for #TDF2015. However, this week I had a few days off in a row and was able to fit in some time to knit as well. Since I couldn’t decide on one thing, I picked up a few old projects and cast on something new (I’ll save that for later but here’s a peek). To start, I have made some progress on my Lionberry shawl. Technically if you go by the row count, I am half way through, but because each row is increased a bit, I am probably around 1/3 of the way through. I am loving the progress but I occasionally hit a row where I have to concentrate which means this can be no-podcast knitting thus slowing my progress. I really am enjoying how it is working up: the yarn and pattern seem to work well together. Stay tuned for this one.

WIPs: Wooly Mastadon

I have also been working on my toe-up socks that I keep on the needles at all time. I am already on the second sock and will probably have these off the needles in the next month. We shall see.

I still have other WIPs on the needles right now, but since the heat has officially set in, I am drawn to lace shawls and socks that don’t sit in my lap and make me too warm. I’ll be back this weekend to share my final results for TDF, but for now, enjoy your Friday!

~Stay Inspired

TDF Progress Update

TDF Update: Wooly Mastadon

It has been over a week since my first TDF progress update. We are in the last week of the event, and I am still enjoying the progress I have made. Week one came around with a completed skein of yarn. Week two was spent spinning my braid of merino/nylon blend in the Copper Harbor colorway. I was able to finish the first bobbin, but it is spinning very thin (lace weight singles) so the second took a bit longer. My original goal was to finish spinning the singles during the tour, but thanks to a few days off I was able to finish them u[. My final goal for TDF: finish this skein of yarn, plying, soaking, thwacking, and photographing. I hope to get the plying done today and tomorrow, with time for the skein to soak and dry before the event comes to an end. I have noticed improvement in my consistency of spinning singles and my ability to ply a balanced yarn during this tour, and it is really exciting. My spinning mojo is back and in full gear. We shall see how the end of this week and #TDF2015 wrap up.

~Stay Inspired

Spinning FO…a bit late

Spinning FO: Wooly Mastadon

So this skein has been finished for over a week now, and I realized in my excitement about #TDF2015, that I simply forgot to post it here. I finished my braid of BFL in the Gumdrops colorway from Camelot Dyeworks. The crazy thing: I finished it in one week. I have never completely spun from start to finish a skein of yarn in one week. That is a record and I am super excited. However, it has been so hot and humid I put off soaking the yarn until last night, so it only makes sense that I share it here now. It is a lovely skein of 352 yards of a heavy fingering/light dk weight yarn from a 4oz braid. I am thinking this has to become a light spring shawl, but we shall see. As for other spinning, I have been happily working on my Copper Harbor merino/nylon blend fiber. I’ll share more on my progress for that later this week.

~Stay Inspired

It’s Been a Year!

One Year Printable: Wooly Mastadon

 

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Wow, I can’t believe it. On this day last year I hit publish to share my first ever post here on Wooly Mastadon. Since then I have never looked back. There have been ups and downs, weeks without posts and weeks with so many things to share. There were weeks where hardly anything creative was shared but only thoughts and feelings on events, there were tutorials, a great designer feature, and so much in between. Here it is, one year. Yes, this is a small blog, with much to learn and a lot of growing up to do, but it is my piece of the interwebs that I think of constantly. It is a place to share, and hopefully a place where both Wooly Mastadon and I can grow and change, for the better. To celebrate one year, I created this simple wall print for you to print out and put up on your wall (washi tape looks great, that’s what I did). Print it out and remember that behind every inspiring project is the hard work and act of creation that had to come first. Let’s see if that creation can make Wooly Mastadon a place to inspire in its second year, and thanks to all my readers for a wonderful first year. Here’s to many more to come!

~Stay Inspired

Friday, Really?

TDF 2015: Wooly Mastadon

The week got away from me…again. I’ve done some different things, but the star of today is my current TDF spinning. I didn’t manage to keep up with the spinning photography like I did the first week, but I have made progress. I started spinning up a 4oz braid of a merino/nylon blend from Camelot Dyeworks. The color is Copper Harbor, after one of the local towns in the area, and a beautiful one at that. I have enjoyed spinning this. The only catch, it is spinning thin, as in really thin. Making progress requires a lot of time, and that has been a little scarce this week with other projects for clients on my plate and the good ol’ day job taking some time. Alas, I will prevail. I love spinning and time isn’t going to stop me. Let’s see if I can make it out of the last week of TDF with one more skein of yarn. Who’s with me?

~Stay Inspired

Something Different: The Coloring Craze

Coloring Fun: Wooly Mastadon

It probably isn’t news to you that adult coloring books and pages are a popular thing right now. They are enjoyed by many due to the relaxing qualities of letting go and coloring something that is already drawn out for you. They are perfect for getting your creativity back into gear, or as a stepping point into creativity for those who don’t really think they understand it. However, for me, this is not new. I just never stopped coloring in coloring books. In high school I was the one in the computer lab during study hall printing out coloring pages and whipping out my crayons to enjoy some nice zen time with music and paper. In college, it was a break from the fine art I made on a daily basis as I worked for my degree. Now it is still just something I do for fun. My huge box of crayons, and my collection of colored pencils and markers keep me going. The onset of back to school sales makes me giddy with excitement at the anticipation to seek out all the new and cool school/office/art supplies. I just love it.

Coloring Fun: Wooly Mastadon

All this to say that as of late, I have been spending a little time away from fiber to color. My Mother was interested in what I was doing as well and she hopped on the coloring bandwagon (not that she ever left it either). We’ve been enabling each other. I source most of my coloring pages online on sites that offer free coloring pages such as mandalas and more detailed flora, fauna, and abstract prints. It is relaxing and perfect for the stupid hot weather that makes me not want to go near wool of any kind (and yes, anything above 75 degrees is stupid hot in my book). Don’t worry, I’m still spinning up a storm for #TDF2015 on the #TCDTDF15 group. It’s lovely and I’ll share my progress later this week. Are you interested in coloring? I hope so.

~Stay Inspired

TDF 2015 Week One

TDF Week One: Wooly Mastadon

As week one of TDF (Tour de Fleece) comes to an end, it is time to share my spinning progress. I am on team Camelot Dyeworks and thus am spinning up some of that fiber. I can honestly say this is my favorite spin thus far and it is truly my fastest. I had never spun BFL fiber before and I love it. It is a bit grabby but also soft and easy to spin. I have been spinning every day and in every little moment. As of yesterday, I had both bobbins of my Gumdrops BFL spun up and resting. Hopefully I will have time to ply this after work today. I’m going for a 2-ply of whatever weight it becomes, the fiber will decide. Then I am eagerly going to start spinning up my Copper Harbor Merion/Nylon fiber. I am loving TDF this year and my progress. Let’s see what week two looks like.

~Stay Inspired

Yarn Dyeing Shenanigans

Yarn Dyeing: Wooly Mastadon

Last week on my day off, I ended up getting quite a bit done. I have already shared with you my handspun that I finished last week, but that day wasn’t dedicated to spinning that skein. I spent most of it dyeing yarn. Granted, when I say dyeing yarn I mean with food safe colorings such as Kool Aid, food colors, and icing colors. I own other dyes but I don’t have a separate dyeing space other than the kitchen so I don’t feel comfortable using all the toxic chemicals there, but I digress. Needless to say I ended up getting three skeins of yarn dyed, each around 450 yards.

Yarn Dyeing: Wooly Mastadon

All of these skeins inteded uses are to become shawls. I had in mind to dye up the orange one for a single skein shawl, and then the other two would become a larger two color shawl. However, I was going for black not purple on the darkest skein, and I don’t feel that teal and purple have the contrast I want. Now I’m considering using the orange and teal for a shawl and saving the purple to overdye later and use for the single skein project. Ah well, we shall see.

That is about it for my fun here. TDF is in full swing and I am really enjoying spinning all the things (more on that later this week). Are any of you interested in dyeing yarn with food safe dyes? Do you want me to share more in depth what I used? Do tell, as I don’t do this often but am considering doing it more simply because I like the process.

~Stay Inspired

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th: Wooly Mastadon

For those of you who live in the states, I just want to wish you a happy 4th of July. I am definitely proud to be an American and am proud for my country and what it has fought for. I hope that you enjoy your day, possibly with family and/or friends, but that also you remember to thank those who have helped keep our country free.

~Stay Inspired