Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tour de Fleece 2013

I've been hearing about "Tour de Fleece" for years but not until it's already underway.
By the next year, I forget until I hear about it half way through the event...again.
But...this year...I heard about it in time and got started today...the very first day.  Yay!

Here's the roving I decided to spin.  It's from my stash and the color is "Sandalwood".
I love all the pretty colors in it...

I'm trying hard to keep my spinning even and thin so I can use this to crochet a lacy shawl.
It's going pretty well so far.  Although, I know that what I spin a few days from now will 
be much nicer than what I spun today.  Practice should make a big difference.
Especially since I've done so little spinning over the past few years.

It's exciting to spin with an actual project in mind.
Up until now, I've only spun just to make yarn or hats.  That was rewarding.
I can only imagine how great it will feel to spin the yarn and make a beautiful, lacy shawl with it.

If you haven't heard of Tour de coincides with the Tour de France and 
participants choose fiber to spin or a project to work on over the three weeks
that has some sort of challenge for them.  There are groups on Ravelry and other 
places online to participate with others.  It's fun to participate in and a great way to de-stash!

Are you participating in Tour de Fleece?  Are you spinning yarn?
Or did you choose to knit or crochet a project that challenges you?
I'd love to hear about it!


benita said...

I have over 2 pounds of that Sandlewood and have spun up about a pound of it for a weaving project. It is a lovely fiber!

I started my Tour spinning yesterday with a 70% BFL/30% Tussah blend that will become my first pair of socks knitted from my own handspun.

Have fun spinning!!

kathyinozarks said...

what a fun idea-had not heard of this before. I soooo want to learn how to spin-I hve everything I need too-just need to take the time-get my books out and give it a go again-love the colors in the fleece you are using

Tammie said...

What a lovely color of roving! I have heard about Tour de Fleece in the past as well and this is my first year participating. I've only been spinning on a wheel for about a year. I'm on Team Sasquatch and am spinning 5.5 oz. of superwash merino. I'm not sure about a project yet but I tend to knit or crochet a lot of shawls. Happy spinning!

judith said...

I've never heard of it either. Can't wait to see what you come up with, the fiber is beautiful. You just reminded me that I need to go pick up my roving share that I purchased for 2013. I have no idea what I'll do with the share. I'm sure Cindy at Jacobs Reward will help me.

Michelle said...

That is some really beautiful yarn.

Maureen said...

So pretty! Best of luck; what a cool thing to spin your own yarn... can't wait to see your finished piece!