Friday, July 13, 2012

Tour de Fleece

Note: I realize I am a faily-fail, and didn't post about the aquarium visit. I still plan on it, but I need to upload the pictures still. I will just move up the rest of the posting schedule until I have the photos ready.

My last post was all about Nerd Wars. This post is going to be all about my other ravelry-related love: Tour de Fleece

Tour de Fleece is a spin-a-long that occurs at the same time as le Tour de France. The idea is to spin every day the cyclists ride. This year, the tour started Saturday, June 30 and rides until Sunday, July 22, 2012. There are two rest days - one was Tuesday, July 10, and the other is Tuesday, July 17th. It is possible to be a part of a team, and you set your own goal for the ride. My goals: to learn to spin consistently, to finish my "beginner" fiber, and to spin at least 20 minutes a day.

Here we are on day 14, and I have made great progress. My spinning is very consistent - I have moved past the thick/thin stage. I have spun every day so far, usually more than 20 minutes. My beginning fiber is all spun, plied, thwacked, and the last skein of it is drying right now.

A photo-journal at my journey so far:
My beginning fiber. An unknown wool, natural color. Almost 360 yards in singles. Navajo plied to 102 yards.

Blue Faced Leicester spindle snack sent with my wrist distaff, seen on day 3. (By the way, this wrist distaff is amazing, and if you would like to purchase one, I highly recommend visiting MaryBear's Oso Crafty etsy shop. Her work is very affordable, and I LOVE my distaff.) Just under 10 yards; 3 grams.

And what did I do on the "rest day"? I helped one of my best friends move into her new apartment.

Which brings me to: what am I going to do tomorrow? Right now, I have no fiber. Well, I have fiber on the way from New Zealand (yes, I could have bought closer fiber, but I saw these to and needed them):
Both fibers are from Stitchpunk Yarns

That still leaves me over a week of spin time, but no fiber. What is a girl to do?

I think I am going to cut up plastic bags and have a go at spinning them.


  1. Hey there, just wanted to call myself out, I clicked through from your Ravatar, I've had so much fun with you and the rest of the rookies on the Tour!

    1. I've had a really good time seeing your blue fluff turn into real yarn. Amazing how (relatively) simple spinning is, but how daunting it seems before you know how.

      I clicked through your ravatar, too, and plan on spending part of this rest day checking out your blog.