And… Tour de Fleece is upon us again! Actually, to be exact, it starts tomorrow. This will be my third year participating. If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that I do loads of spinning during Tour de Fleece, keep going for a bit afterwards and then seem to drop it until the next year’s Tour de Fleece. It isn’t that I don’t like spinning. It’s actually fun and calming! There’s something even more magical to making yarn than there is to sewing or knitting. For me, at least. But spinning makes yarn. It doesn’t make mittens, sweaters, dresses… It makes something that I need to use up. It’s never long before I find myself turning back to the activities that will clothe us a little faster. But during Tour de Fleece? All spinning, all the time!
Ummm, except this year. I’ll be a little late getting started because our family vacation isn’t of the sit and relax type this year. I know people have walked and spun for centuries but well, I’ll be walking and looking around me. So when I finally get started a week late, what will I do? For the past few years, the only requirement has been to spin for 5 minutes every single day. This year, I’m going to push myself a little more. I will be finishing up this beautiful alpaca and plying it.
And then, I have a box of fiber from a spinning class I took in early June at my local yarn store Etui. I’m going to try to get through enough of this handpainted fiber (blue faced leicester I think) in order to try my hand at navajo plying. Just ignore what’s on the spindle. I need to remove it before I get started (it’s a silk hankie).
With a full week less than the real Tour de Fleece, I’m thinking I’ve set myself up with quite the challenge!