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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tour de Fleece Goals

My first Tour de Fleece! I'm so excited!

I don't seem to have any pictures of excited cats. Sorry.

Anyway, I am excited, because Tour de Fleece means setting goals, and I have been a little lax in that area since finishing my college degree this past December. And since that degree took a ... well, a few years ... okay, I'm a bit of a procrastinator. This blog and the Ravelry group will keep me on track!

Oh--for my muggle friends who are still reading (heh), Tour de Fleece is exactly like Tour de France, only without the sweating, tiny Lycra shorts, and bicycles. And no France. Well, unless you LIVE in France. Anyway, here are two of the five guidelines from the Ravelry page, directly copy-pasted:

Guidelines (NOT RULES):
  1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 2nd through Sunday July 24th. Days of rest: Monday July 11th, Monday July 18st. (Just like the actual tour)
  2. Spin something challenging Friday July 22nd. (The Tour’s toughest mountain stage over the Col du Galibier for the second time, and finishing up on Alpe d’Huez.)

I have joined five groups, and here are my plans for each.

Team of Wonder: From the Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, where I get alpaca. I don't have any WW alpaca at home, so I felt obligated to go on Etsy and purchase some ... what a tough struggle I had with myself over that one.

Team Kromski: My spinning wheel is a Kromski Prelude. I plan on finishing up some blue merino and yellow merino. I have 6 oz of yellow and .... maybe 4 oz. of blue.

Team Spindle: An any-kind-of-spindle team. Since this picture was taken, I have added two spindles.

I plan on spinning this gorgeous orange-ness on spindles. I doubt I will finish it, I have 6 oz.!

Team Trindle: My Trindle, and some alpaca from Pacific Wool and Fiber. 

 And, for Team Bring Me a Shrubbery (chuckle) the Meriboo I bought at MD S&W. Or is it Bamberino ... I figure it's silly enough for this team.

So I am looking forward to this, but I don't want to spin everything I have. Then I'd just have to buy more and for goodness sake what I really need is a project to USE UP my handspun, not just create more!

For the challenge part of the tour, I will either spin Icelandic on my new Russian -- a spindle I have not had any luck with so far -- or spin some camel from last year's MD S&W, which was difficult, so I set it aside.

Oh, and here are some gratuitous garden shots:

I finally mowed and weeded and tidied, so I'm not embarrassed to take pictures of it now.

What was I thinking, planting THREE cucumbers. This is just one part of one plant!

And the raspberries. The birds get a lot of these ... they're not quite as flavorful and juicy as they should be, so I probably need to repot them. I had them in the ground, but raspberries are so invasive, I pulled them up a couple years ago to keep them contained.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Wow, so many people are on multiple teams. I figure it's enough for me to spin for one team, and one team only... THE Team of Wonder. ;-)

    I'm looking forward to spinning with you. :-)

  2. Hooray! I am so glad you joined the Team of Wonder and for visiting my Etsy shop. Your order will be mailed in the morning...it's already in the package ready to go.

    Now...there was a wee bit of lycra last year but it involved me spinning in my bathing suit by the pool ;-)

  3. We are in three of the same teams, and I almost joined team bring us a shrubbery but thought I already had a lot!
    Garden is looking great

  4. Good luck with your spinning goals, it looks like you're going to have some lovely yarn at the end of it :)

  5. Wow, Love seeing the spindles, I'm so in awe of that, It seems like magic to me, Can't wait to see what you spin!

  6. Wow, a multiple teamer! I think I'm sticking with just my wheel this year. Though I might use my spindle while I'm on vacation, much easier to travel with.

    Good luck with TdF!

  7. Just reading about all of your goals kind of wears me out... and a nice garden to boot! Best of luck achieving your Tour goals.

  8. Wow, you are amazingly organized, good luck, see you over at the TDF Team of Wonder!

  9. Team Bring Us A Shrubbery? Hilarious. :) I can't wait to see that orange Corriedale all spun up in its finery.

    I think the cat is looking pretty awesome.

  10. Wow, good luck with all your spinning goals. Will look forward to sharing your progress on the Team of Wonder.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  11. Sounds like a great spinning event coming up, I better watch out ;-) I don't spin, but I love looking at all the pictures of wheels and fibers. Your Kromski is beautiful.

  12. Whoa, you're gonna be crazy-busy during Tour de Fleece. I am not so ambitious but will be participating, one of the weeks I'll be on vacation so that should give me a bit of an edge over what I could accomplish if I were to be a work 8 hours a day. LittleDog does have his moments when he feels a bit jealous, like when I'm knitting and he can't sit in my lap. Eventually he gets over it though and gives me some kisses. That blue and yellow fiber looks fabulous. I'm jealous of all of your spindles, I only have a couple of top whorls and a Turkish...there are so many beautiful spindles to be had and my fav of yours is that green/yellow one. Good luck on the Tour.

  13. Ba-ha-ha! I missed that "LadyPug" part of your comment, that's hilarious!

  14. Good luck with all your teams-I too, have over-extended myself with 5 teams-one is Team of Wonder.
    Love that "muggles" reference-ha!


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