28 June 2013

Getting ready for my first TdF :-)

I am very excited to be participating in my first Tour de Fleece, for those of you who are not familiar with TdF this is an annual spinning event on Ravelry during the cycling event Tour de France. The idea is to spin for each day of the cycling event, they spin we spin, they rest we rest. Each spinner sets their own challenges and you can join different teams for fun and encouragement, there are also chances to win prizes :)

My challenges for the TdF are:
  • spin 100% alpaca (I only spun alpaca in a blend before)
  • intentionally spin sock yarn
  • perfecting the woollen long draw technique
  • spin from stash
To help me achieve these goals I joined four teams: Rookies, Peloton (everyone's in it at one time or another), Team Wonder Why Alpaca Farm (yay!) and Team Spin Your Stash.

This week I've been getting ready for the event, I washed the alpaca fleece from my stash and carded it into rolags, well some of it anyway - enough to get me started :) ... unfortunately I didn't have time to dye it first but I can do that later. I also pulled out some other fibre ready to spin:
From top left clockwise: BFL/shetland/silk blend, alpaca, BFL/silk blend, southdown. That should be more than enough to keep me busy for the next two weeks, in fact I'm not sure I can finish all these as I will be out of town for 4 days during the second week. On the plus side the kids are off so I won't be working so much (apart from the days I have to be away), looks like we won't be going out much this school hols!

Let's get started :)

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11 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you are on my team.

    I'm going to be spinning so techniques from Jacey Boggs Spin Art this TdF using my Alpaca. It will be interesting to see how my finer fiber handles some of the techniques.

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to see the techniques/finer fibre combo :)

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  3. Beautiful fibers, and lovely colors. Good luck on your goal.

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  4. Yay, TdF! I'm excited too. Working on log draw is one of my goals, also.

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  5. Welcome to the Team of Wonder.....I'm pacagirl. You've got some great looking fibers there.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really enjoying the TdF :)

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  6. 4 teams! I can't believe how well you've taken on spinning, enjoy the Tour!

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    1. Hehehe, I can't believe it either! Must be in my blood ;)

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