Category: Tour de Fleece


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Tour de Fleece 2018 is around the corner and I have decided to restart my podcast so that I can film my daily progress.  I stopped filming my podcast when my tripod, camera and computer all died within a few weeks of one another. Soon after I started working a night and weekend full time schedule and had to move to an apartment. I no longer had a yard to film in and the best sunlight was right in the middle of my sleep schedule or commute.

I have since moved back to the Pacific Northwest and for an early birthday present my mother recently bought me what amounts to a podcast in a box.  It is a very nice hard case set that includes a tabletop grippy tripod, a very nice microphone that plugs into a phone and a small LED light. The kit also includes a bluetooth remote and three phone camera lens for taking still photos. I really like the macro lens.

So hopefully tomorrow I will film episode one of A Cat and Her Yarn Respun and can get it uploaded to Youtube that night or the next day.  Since Blip no longer exists and the computer with the original videos died, I can not upload the original episodes. I do hope to get the hard drive recovered but that is a project for another day.

So here is hoping that everything goes well for the next phase of my podcast.

In the meantime I have been spinning some orange BFL

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The colorway on the right is the original colorway I purchased for a SAL back in 2008. After my first skein I realized I would not have enough so I quickly found the colorway on the left.

Once spun up the two colorways look like this

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I plan on making a two ply of the cake on the right and then cable plying the two colorways together.  The original idea was for arm warmers but now I’m wondering if a shawl might be better. I plan on finishing this fiber during the first part of Tour de Fleece.  Then I will finish up the drop spindle rainbow sampler I was spinning during last years Tour de Fleece

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I then plan on moving onto another UFO spinning project that I will decide upon later.

So happy Tour de Fleece all of you in the spinning world and hope to see you on YouTube soon.

Day 22 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 20 of the Tour de France. Due to having a VERY full Sunday, this will be my last Tour de Fleece/Tour de France episode. It was a lot of fun! I will record again on Tuesday or Wednesday and start my regular format. Starting next week (episode 19) I will showcase trips to take around the Pacific Northwest (and perhaps a few other places I’ve visited, as well). Happy Spinning!

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Tour de France
Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 20
Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 21
Photos of the French Countryside

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion – Now Navajo Plying!!

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl – Silver Grey section is done, now onto Purple!

Currently Reading: City of Night (Book 2 of The House War) by Michelle West

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

There is now a Ravelry Group! A Cat and Her Yarn

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Day 21 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 19 of the Tour de France, its Challenge day! Now that I am done spinning the Emotion colorway, its on to plying. I have only chain-plied a few times so its still a challenge for me.
Make sure you check out the links of the French Countryside (Savoie and Isere Departments today). A lot of pictures are desktop worthy.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Chain-Plying (or Navajo Plying aka N-ply) videos:
How to Navajo Ply: Demystified and Unraveled – the slow motion video at 3:18 is what really made chain-plying “click” for me
Sarah Anderson – Navajo Plying – A good video for perfecting your technique once you have the basics down

My tips for Navajo-Plying
1)Before sitting down, make sure you have something you can hook and in-progress loop onto so that you can take a break from plying without coming back to a tangled mess.
2)Make sure you take plenty of breaks. Your body will thank you.

Wier World Llamas and Alpacas Spin a Bag, Get a Bag – Contact them for info about a program where you spin them a bag of their fiber and they give you a bag of fiber to keep

Tour de France Stage 19 – Challenge Day!
Stage 19 Course – See why its a challenge! Look at all those switchbacks towards the end!

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 19

Photos of the Savoie Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of the Isere Department – From France Voyage website

A Pipe organ in the shape of a hand in Alpes d’Huez, France
More pictures of the church where the hand pipe organ resides

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion – Now Navajo Plying!!

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl – Silver Grey section is done, now onto Purple!

Currently Reading: City of Night (Book 2 of The House War) by Michelle West

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/
Or now find me directly through the iTunes store

Day 20 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 18 of the Tour de France. Pre-Orders for the new online game Star Wars: The Old Republic went on sale today. Seattle is still waiting for Summer while the rest of the country finds out how quickly a snowball really melts in hell. This podcast cast series got accepted to iTunes! Finished spinning all the Emotion colorway Bluefaced Leicester fiber and now I only need to ply it and it will be done! Done! DONE!
 
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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Chain-Plying (or Navajo Plying aka N-ply) videos:
How to Navajo Ply: Demystified and Unraveled – the slow motion video at 3:18 is what really made chain-plying “click” for me
Sarah Anderson – Navajo Plying – A good video for perfecting your technique once you have the basics down

Tour de France Stage 18

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 18
Collection of Harps at Museo dell’arpa Victor Silva (Harp Museum in Piasco, Italy)
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of Serre Chevalier

For Harp Lovers, I also found a harp musuem in Orlando, Florida:
International Harp Museum

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

Currently Reading: City of Night (Book 2 of The House War) by Michelle West
 
My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album
 
You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther
 
Feed to Subscribe via iTunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/
Or now find me directly through the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-cat-and-her-yarn/id450668587
 

Day 19 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 17 of the Tour de France. I got another birthday present, a really nice craft bag.

 
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From Tour de Fleece 2011

 
Alpenglow Yarn – New to me source for pin-drafted roving
Creative Options Craftician Bag – I just got one for my birthday from my boyfriend’s mother
Creative Options Large Total Tote – Another bag from Creative Options that could be useful for knitters and crocheters

 
Tour de France Stage 17

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 17
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website
Landscapes of the Hautes-Alpes

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

Currently Reading: The Hidden City by Michelle West

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album
 

 

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

 

 

Feed to Subscribe via Itunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/
 

 

Day 18 of the Tour de Fleece and Stage 16 of the Tour de France. I talk about my three-day “birthday” weekend, Irish Breakfast, Wine and the Zoo. I also review Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings and Laurell K Hamilton’s Hit List.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub – Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue in Washington State
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
Red Wolf Conservation at Point Defiance Zoo
Bainbridge Island Wineries
Laurell K Hamilton’s Hit List (Book 20 in the Anita Blake series)
Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings (Book 1 in the Stormlight series)

Tour de France Stage 16

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 16
Photos of the Drome Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of the Hautes Alpes Department – From France Voyage website

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

Feed to Subscribe via Itunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/

Stage 15

I may not be able to upload the video until Monday, but for those of you that want to keep up with the Tour de France, here are the links for Stage 15

Tour de France Stage 15

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 15
Photos of the Aude Department – From France Voyage website
Photos of the Herault Department – From France Voyage website

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

Feed to Subscribe via Itunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/

I wont be recording on Saturday, as I am going to the zoo for my delayed birthday trip.

I review Stage 13 and Stage 14 of the Tour de France and talk more about how to solve my dye mis-adventures. Due to the beauty of the region and the interesting tidbits I found in the Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide, I felt the need to inundate you with a tons of links, mostly to pictures.

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From Tour de Fleece 2011

France Voyage – Travel website with tons of pictures organized by region, as well as what looks to be an excellent travel resource.

Tour de France Stage 13

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 13
Photos of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques Department – From France Voyage website
Photo of Bielle and surrounding valley
Google Images of Egyptian Vultures
Photos of the Haute Pyrenees Department from France Voyage website
Hiking in the Haute Pyrenees – Pictures from a Walking Vacation in France’s Pyrenees by James Martin, About.com Guide
Photos of Lourdes – from France Voyage website
Garbure Recipe – Traditional Pyrenean Soup
Gordon Ramsey’s version of Garbure – chicken wings instead of duck comfit

Tour de France Stage 14

Tour de Fleece Tourist Guide for Stage 14
Photos of Haute Garonne from France Voyage
Photos of Ariege from France Voyage
Google Images of Ariege Sheep – because we all need more pictures of sheep in our lives
Prehistoric Art Park – Niaux Caves and Prehistoric Wall Paintings

Current Projects

Spindle Spinning Project: Cotton on Support Spindle

Wheel Spinning Project: CJ Kopec Creations SW BFL in Emotion

Dye Project: Alpaca Pi Dye – Pindrafted Alpaca to be dyed for gradient rainbow pi shawl

My Tour de Fleece 2011 Picture Album

You can find me on Plurk and Ravelry as Kiarapanther

Feed to Subscribe via Itunes: http://blip.tv/acatandheryarn/rss/itunes/