This year I joined in with the Ravelry challenge of Tour de Fleece. This is a three week long spinning challenge that occurs at the same time as the Tour de France. For every day of the tour, you spin yarn and challenge yourself as to how much you can complete. I tried doing the Tour de Fleece last year but only managed a few days. This year, with the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire and having an overflowing box of fleece waiting to be spun, I decided I was going to make it through the whole tour. The Grand Depart of the tour was a fantastic event and it was great to see Yorkshire looking stunning on the tv coverage and just how many people supported the event. I had a great time watching the tour in Huddersfield, the atmosphere was like a big carnival party all day.
There are so many photos I would like to share with you but rather than making you scroll down them all I have added them as a gallery below. Click on each individual photo if you want to see a larger version.
For most of the Tour I spun a lovely green/blue top from Fyberspates which was 90% merino & 10% nylon. I’m quite slow to spin and have often only 10-15 minutes each day to play but it was great fun to do something daily and see how much progress I could make. I finished this skein on day 19 and ended up with 360 yards of 2-ply fingering weight. I’ve named it Emerald City, partly because the colours are just so pretty but I have also been listening to the complete Wizard of Oz stories by L. Frank Baum on audible. I’m really pleased with it, it is definitely the best thing I have spun so far and I’m enjoying thinking about what I might make with it. The three weeks of the Tour de Fleece were very busy with work and trips at the weekends too. I was away at the Knit and Crochet Guild Annual General Meeting for the first weekend and then MCM Manchester Comic Con for the second. It would have been too difficult to take my wheel with me (I did consider it but common sense got the better of me) so whilst away from home I spun on my spindle. I started this lace weight 2-ply yarn for last years Tour de Fleece but did not get very far. It is a hand carded batt from Felt Studio UK and the colours go from blue to brown to pink as I spin. You can see my progress through the brown part above. It is very pretty and sparkly and I’m looking forward to one day finishing it! I will post photos if I ever do make it to the end – lace weight is very slow going.