Well, the Tour de Fleece has officially begun! My goals for this year are relatively modest -- try to spin every day and try to get through some of my stash (no buying of new fiber!). I did not start at the crack of dawn, but I did get fiber and tools at the ready so I'd be set to go as soon as I had a chance to sit down and spin. I'm still recovering from the gum surgery on Friday -- thankfully, it's getting less uncomfortable every day, but I'm still somewhat limited in my physical activity, so sitting around and spinning most of the day is a good plan.
My first home project is 8 oz. of a 70% wool/30% seacell blend that I bought from the Loopy Ewe years and years ago (I think right after I got my first wheel). I'm planning a two-ply fingering weight for the Through the Loops summer lace knitalong, so I split the fiber in half and then split each section in half again to try to mix/blend the colors as much as possible. Of course I'm spinning this on my miniSpinner, as it's fast and has the huge bobbins. This shot is from yesterday, but I'm now about 3/4 of the way through the first half of the fiber.
My travel project is a spindle project; it will be going with me to work for my lunch break in lieu of socks. I pulled out this set of sock batts (from the Cupcake Fiber Company) that I also bought a while ago -- at least a year, but as I never managed to enter it in my Ravelry stash I can't be sure. This is a superwash merino/nylon blend that's specifically meant to be spun into three-ply sock yarn. Each batt is an ounce.
In the middle you can see my selected spinning tool, the Bosworth Mini (with a bloodwood whorl) that I bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool last month. This is its inaugural spin, and it's going beautifully. I started spinning the first ounce briefly yesterday afternoon and then put in a little time this morning in between flipping pancakes for breakfast.
Tonight, I think I will probably pick some Crown Mountain Farms fiber (perhaps something from my last order) and start spinning it on the Lendrum. I love this time of year!