Really Keeping Track on the Tour

I have grand plans for the Tour de Fleece.
I’m finishing some Lynne Vogel Limited Edition Colorways from Three Waters Farm: merino/bamboo in the Black Hollyhocks colorway.

I did it myself. Pretty dyed BFL.

I’m practicing the the thick, fluffy, and arty skills I learned from Lynne Vogel and Maggie Casey in the past month, at least a bobbin full of each.

The biggie is 2 lbs of long drawn singles, slightly fulled, for a sweater from oatmeal BFL that I dyed myself after writing about it last week [see the finished results at left]. The oatmeal BFL was from The Spinning Loft.

I haven’t watched one minute of the Tour de France, but I’ve been spinning.

Soft blue singles.

As I wound my dyed and dried  BFL into bumps, I decided what order to spin the bumps in and to spin a fluffed up arm’s length of fiber at a time for long runs of color. Are you curious how I’ll keep track of where I am in the world of my BFL? Knots.

I’ve recently started using knots to keep track of where I am in my spinning project.  I frequently pick up the wrong end of my fiber, especially if the colors are close, when I come back to my spinning after a break, or the wrong length of fiber if I have several to work with.

Now, every time I pull a length of fiber from a bump or long length of roving or top to spin, I loosely knot the end of the fiber on the bump end, so I know this is where I get my next length and the end to start spinning.

And to keep my BFL bumps in the order I want, I’ve knitted them 1,2 ,3.

On your mark, get set, spin!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

11 thoughts on “Really Keeping Track on the Tour

  1. PrairiePoppins

    I’m really new to spinning and your post has me wondering – is there a wrong end to start from with my roving? Or is it just the colour sequence that you’re maintaining?

    1. Amy

      Supposedly roving does have a direction. Tug at one end and if it fights you, try the other. If it’s easier, that’s the one to go with. Once you figure out which end is easiest, using Jillian’s idea of marking with knots is a great way to make sure you don’t lose track of it!

  2. Smaurtee

    I’m glad other people like to spin (my mother and sister also have this disease). I, on the other hand, am happy to sit back and wait to buy yarn, already spun. 🙂

  3. Annie H.

    What a magnificent tip on how to keep track of the ends of the roving to spin next. I spin a lot of multi colored roving and I like to mix and match sometimes 3 or 4 different rovings to create my yarn and I have a lot of trouble remembering the sequence in which to spin from next. I’ve been using pen and paper which I hate! Now, with this new trick and tipery I can use knots! LOVE IT!!! Smiles;-) Annie

  4. Freyalyn

    I’ve used the knot idea before, it’s a really simple idea that works brilliantly. And lovely fibre too. I’m with you on the TdeF, haven’t managed to watch a single cycle yet, but also haven’t managed to spin since Monday either. Ooops.

  5. Rosalind Porter

    Love the BFL and I’m with the other reader who didn’t know there was a right end and a wrong end to spin from. YIKES…one more thing to learn about spinning!!

  6. Karen W.

    Your BFL is lovely.. I find that some rovings are very directional, but with others it really doesn’t make much difference which end I spin from. Depends on the fiber and the prep, I’d say, but it’s worth sampling from both ends to see if there’s a noticeable difference for you.

    I had grand hopes for the Tour (and I do watch it — love the bike racing!) but it’s been so hot here I don’t even want to touch wool. Sad.

  7. Jane G

    I love the colors! BTW, I have dyed with black hollyhocks – really nice color, but not a pretty as what you have done.

  8. riah

    OOh I just adore the colors. I’ve just begun to spin but I’m not yet daring enough to dye my own fiber.

  9. beadntat

    Your dyed roving is lovely and rather quite resembles the colors of the Alps the cyclists are riding through right now. Not a spinner, I’m knitting (lace shawl) my way through this year’s Tour de France…and watching every minute of the race I can on TV. Go for the yellow!!!

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