Tour de Fleece

It’s that time once again! The Tour de France begins on Saturday and with it, the Tour de Fleece! It’s a fun concept – for every day that they “spin” on the Tour de France,  we spin along on our spinning wheels and spindles.

This will be my third TdF and I’m looking forward to it. My local group has created Team Knitorious and we’ll be spinning together and cheering each other on. One big advantage to participating in TdF is that it spurs you on to daily practice of the craft, which builds skills really fast.

We’re holding a kickoff party tomorrow night and we’ll be spinning daily throughout the next few weeks, taking rest days when the Tour De France riders rest. I’m also hoping we may have a few new spinners from our group, those that have wanted to learn but put off doing so. This would be a great chance to get started and build skills quickly.

I spent a little time last night “warming up” by refreshing my spindle skills in case we have any spindle-spinning newbies who want to get started. I think most of my spinning will be done on this “bike” however:

My Ladybug. I own several wheels but she is still my favorite.

My Ladybug. I own several wheels but she is still my favorite.

So here’s to a month of challenge and fun!


4 thoughts on “Tour de Fleece

  1. Janet Brosh says:

    Are you going to spin any of my alpaca?

    • Mardee says:

      I haven’t had time to card it yet as I have a sheep’s fleece on the carder. Now that I’m feeling better I hope to get that one done soon so I can start on the alpaca.

  2. caityrosey says:

    I was afraid I’d missed the Tour while I was out of town. Yay. Maybe I’ll do it too.

  3. Oh, I was able to try out a ladybug at the Iowa sheep and wool festival and I fell in love with it (first time on a double treadle as well) so I will silently covet yours from the sidelines. Best of luck on the tour, I can’t wait to see what everyone ends up with!

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