silk, silk, everywhere

I finally, finally (after ripping and reknitting several times) finished the little shrug I was working on before TNNA, out of Sweetgeorgia Merino Silk DK. The yarn stood up surprisingly well to the ripping, not a pill anywhere!

pretty but big

Unfortunately it’s too big for me. I made a bit of a math error and although it’s proportional and everything, it’s just about a size too big. I’ve blocked it and woven in the ends already (denying to myself the fact that it was too big) and I don’t want to rip again. So it’ll go off to a friend and I’ll work up another one. At least this time it’ll be even faster since it’ll be smaller?

In latest spinning news, I pulled out some tussah silk that I’d started spinning well over a year ago.

tussah silk

It’s Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks, definitely purchased at Rhinebeck – maybe the first time I went? I had spun up the first half of the fibre and it was just sitting on the bobbin all this time. I spun up the second half fairly quickly (not very evenly, really) and plied it together to get 430 yards of laceweight (2oz). Should be enough for a little shawlette! I love the colour.

I think my last bit of Tour spinning will be this silk/camel. It spins like a dream, but the pink comes off on my fingertips a bit. Super soft though! I’m planning to spin up the whole 4oz and chain ply by the end of the week.


After the Tour is over, I’m definitely going to keep spinning – it’s really given me that kick to get back to the wheel. It’s meditative, doesn’t require math (like my knitting always does) and it’s a good break from working on my knitting like I always am!

Have you achieved your Tour de Fleece goals? What are you planning to do with your spinning after it’s all over?




4 responses to “silk, silk, everywhere”

  1. knittingoutloud Avatar

    Not sure if this posted already, but:

    Now you also have a grateful friend!

  2. Seanna Lea Avatar

    I love the Chasing Rainbows yarn. I used some for my bridesmaids ages ago, and had enough leftover to make a hat and scarf as a gift for a friend. That color definitely has my name written all over it. I should see if they sell at any of the shops locally.

  3. Felicia from sweetgeorgia Avatar

    The shrug looks lovely! I love the lace detailing at the edges.

    And that’s some beautiful lace spinning too. So even and fine! My 100% silk spinning always looks a little lumpy.

  4. YarnAddict Avatar

    Love your shrug. Also love your camel/silk. gorgeous colour. I’m spinning some camel for the Tour and I’m failing miserably. Only fitted in one day of spinning sofar. too much design work to do.

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