Another year has flown by and brought me to one of my favourite events of the year - Tour de Fleece 2018. We've got lots of challenges planned again in Team DIY and Dye, and I've chosen to start with a tweed yarn using some merino I dyed in the spring with woad from the garden.
The preparation for tweed yarn can be quite time-consuming. I tried putting the unprepared fleece through the drum carder, but it came out a bit rough and "neppy" (lots of little balls of fluff mixed in with the nice straight fibres), so I hand-carded the lot into rolags first. Then I put the rolags through the drum carder which meant an extra step, but it was much smoother that way.
The blue was carded three times, then I added lots of colours (naturally-dyed leftovers from 5 (I think) years ago.
The whole lot was then carded another 3 times to integrate the colours with the blue.
I think this was the second pass through the drum carder, but it's looking pretty good.
After the final pass, the resulting batts didn't look too promising and I began to think I'd mixed it too much,
but once I started spinning the colours just started to pop out. This is as far as I got today, but I have carded more for tomorrow and will hopefully finish this bobbin then.
Jacey Boggs from PLY Magazine is running a series of challenges this year - one a week - the prize for some lucky spinner is a year's subscription to PLY Magazine. Very nice and very worth having! This week's challenge is tweed yarn, so I'll be submitting my final photo for a chance to win (not that that matters, because the whole idea is to challenge yourself to spin something you might not otherwise try).
Roll on tomorrow!!