Sunday, June 26, 2016

Countdown to the Tour

The Tour de Fleece team in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group has begun training in earnest: we're busy planning, carding, spinning, plying.  The Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday, July 2 and runs until Sunday, July 24 (with rest days and challenge days, just like the actual Tour de France). We have room for more team members, so if you want to devote more time to your spinning projects during July, come join us!

Spinners of all levels are welcome. Though the main goal of the TDF is to have fun, we've got fiber and yarn prizes too, to add a little extra incentive to post often. The prizes will be awarded randomly for posting (rather than for spinning achievements), to keep things low pressure and give everybody a chance at winning.

Because I have a lot of other projects to keep on schedule, my TDF goal is simple: spin on one of my three drop spindle WIPs for at least 20 minutes every day and—I hope—do some plying as well. I've got some mixed BFL going:

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

Also some dark chocolate CVM/Romeldale (gifted to me last year by Christine Link of Skeinny Dipping):

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

And some creamy white Cormo from Foxfire Fiber (some of which I've already plyed and dyed with hickory nuts):

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

Frankly, I'll be glad to make any amount of progress, even a little, on these. I confess I've been neglecting my spinning for months. Time to remedy that situation!

I also can't wait to see what my fellow team members spin. They are mostly working with more colorful fibers than I am (Three Waters Farm seems to be a particular favorite).

Are you joining the Tour de Fleece this year? If you are, I hope your pre-TDF training is going well. Good luck!

Spinning WIPs, June 2016

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