From reading the reports of other Le Tour de Fleece participants, I'm getting the sense that wheel spinning is 15-20 times faster than spindle spinning. Amazing. After all, cars aren't 15-20 times faster than bicycles. I have a whole new appreciation for the industrial revolution.
For me, spinning continues to go well, allowing for the effects of heat and humidity on fiber and spindler. However, plying is posing some puzzles. While I like marled yarn, in this case I don't want a pronounced barberpole effect. Happily, expert color commentary is as close as the local library, via the pages of Color in Spinning by Deb Menz, shown with the latest production.
This incredibly helpful book includes chapters on color principles; dyeing fiber and painting rovings; blending colors and fibers during carding or combing; spinning and plying multicolors; and a gallery of finished garments. Photography is excellent, particularly of mini skeins illustrating the text. Now I'm curious to look at the author's second book, Color Works.
Meanwhile, Floyd is second in the Tour de France, bum hip notwithstanding. And Alyssa noticed this encouraging website. Who knew I could eat so many carrots!
Incidentally, there is no Stage 31 in the TdF. I'm merely observing the longstanding TdF tradition of inverting, reversing, or omitting the unlucky number to confuse any malevolent spirits. Happily, it would seem they are rather easily confused.