TdF Already?!

Somehow, it’s July already, and Tour de Fleece is upon us. For those who aren’t familiar, Tour de Fleece is a friendly spinning event hosted on Ravelry that aims to spin every day that the Tour de France rides (July 4 – July 26th). The point is to challenge yourself, have fun, and share your spinning with others. It’s more relaxed than Spinzilla and teams are less competitive. Sarah wrote a lovely post about the Cloudlover team on her blog, which encouraged me to think about what I might like to spin. Once I saw that two of my favorite indie fiber dyers were hosting teams (and offering prizes!) I was sucked in.

First up, is the BeeMiceElf team. I am currently in the middle of a BeeMiceElf spin so joining this team makes good sense! I intend to spin up the second braid of Eggplant in Ashes (BFL/silk) into a singles yarn. Since I’ll be traveling when the tour starts, I plan to tackle that pretty hot pink/grey braid on a spindle (Mind Bullets, Merino wool). If all goes well, I’d like to get into those Space Odyssey gradient braids (superwash BFL), maybe even spin them into a 2-ply sock yarn. I’m resisting the urge to order some of the other great gradients Laurs has in her shop right now as I think I’ll have plenty to keep me busy for 3 weeks… (but it’s hard!).

The second team I’ve joined is the Three Waters Farm team because Mary Ann’s fibers are really incredible, too. I have several braids in stash to choose from but I think I’ll try tackling the braid of Greens at Dusk (Falkland wool) first and make a 3-ply yarn to coordinate with some undyed Falkland I spun earlier in the year. If I still have time (hah!) I’ll work on some undyed Wensleydale fiber, to coordinate with a BeeMiceElf Wensleydale gradient I spun during Spinzilla last year.

For those of you keeping track, I’m attempting to spin this list of fibers in 3 weeks:

  • BeeMiceElf BFL/silk – Eggplant in Ashes – singles yarn (4 oz)
  • BeeMiceElf Merino – Mind Bullets – 2 ply on spindle (4 oz)
  • BeeMiceElf superwash BFL – Space Odyssey 2 – 2-ply sock yarn (8 oz)
  • Three Waters Farm Falkland – Greens at Dusk – 3-ply worsted-ish (4 oz)
  • Three Waters Farm Wensleydale – undyed – 2-ply DK-ish (8 oz)

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA ooooooh, my “plans” crack me up, but they would put a nice dent in my fiber stash. This list is incredibly hilarious considering I work a full time job and I’ll be off camping for the first few days of the tour celebrating that this happened a year ago:

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(Can you believe it’s been a year??!?!)

Are you joining Tour de Fleece? Share your (unrealistic) plans with me, so I don’t feel so alone! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “TdF Already?!

  1. Wowza! Love “Mind Bullets!” I will definitely note BeeMiceElf for future reference. And I love your TDF goals! I have high expectations, too, but am much more susceptible to whims, so I picked out what I’m starting with and the rest I’ll select as I come to it. And can I just share that I have heard so many good things about Three Waters Farm that I ordered my first two braids. They’re arriving today! Looking forward to seeing your spins & happy anniversary!!!

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  2. I don’t spin, but maybe I will do a knit along where I promise to knit each day. I haven’t done too bad at that lately, so it’s totally doable. Now, what to commit to? Happy Ani!!!

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  3. Plans?!? Your post just made hash of my plans (to repair kitchen sink). Your hotlink was clicked and just like that, I blew 1/6 of the $$ saved for a plumber…I’ll be getting my first fibers from BeeMiceSelf, both gradients, a Plwarth and a SW Targhee. As for the TdF, I rarely make specific plans and this year is no different. I’ve pulled out a few things from my fiber stash…I’ll decide on Saturday when I sit down with my wheel. Happy Anniversary

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