Tour de Fleece 2011

The 2011 Tour de France is coming up, which means the Tour de Fleece is also soon! I didn’t do this in 2010, but I think it will be good to attempt this year. I have some gorgeous blue fibre on the wheel, and it would be nice to spin up some of the stash. Spinning time will likely occupy the space between coming home from work and when Hubby gets home, which means it will be all wheel spinning on my Majacraft Rose.

I’m setting these goals for myself:

  1. Spin every day
  2. Finish the blue fibre
  3. Sample some new fibre
  4. Prep and spin 3oz grey Polwarth locks

1. Spin every day

Even if it’s just a little bit, 15 minutes a day adds up. If I cut down the mindless internet surfing time, I will have much more spinning time, though preparing for my green belt karate test will take some of that away again.

2. Finish the blue fibre

This has been on the wheel way too long, it’s a gorgeous light blue shot through with white, with merino, silk, and bamboo. I’m hoping for a 2-ply fingering weight.

3. Sample some new fibre

I have some interesting stuff in the stash, like Babydoll Southdown, or angora, or Shetland. These might be small sample skeins just to get a feel for the fibre.

4. Prep and spin 3oz grey Polwarth locks

I’ll be aiming for 2-ply sportweight yarn that could end up as a hat, or a small scarf if I blend it with the white Polwarth locks. Got the Polwarth from A Verb For Keeping Warm a while back, flick-carded enough to make a small coaster from the white, and haven’t touched the grey. It is almost sticky with lanolin and smells fabulous, clean and not overly sheepy.

Keep up with my 2011 Tour de Fleece progress as it happens, I’ll update that page with my daily progress.

3 thoughts on “Tour de Fleece 2011”

  1. I joined last year, but didn’t get any spinning done at all. (Last year was an unspeakably bad year. I was overwhelmed for most of it.)
    I’m still trying to decide what to set for this year’s goal. I certainly have enough fiber to choose from. (And the shearer is coming Wednesday, so I’ll have 3 more fleeces to play with…)

  2. I liked the Tour last year, and am planning to do it this year again. Spinning every day is probably unrealistic for me and I don’t even want to think about the mile in a day, but I am hoping to figure out spinning from locks!

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