My First Tour De Fleece

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Tour de Fleece starts Saturday. The Tour de Fleece is a spin-along that coincides with the Tour de France. It is now hosted on Ravelry.

This will be my very first Tour. I started spinning last July while the Tour de Fleece was in full form, but I chose not to participate because the Tour was already underway and I was so new to spinning that I didn’t want the pressure of setting any goals whatsoever. But now that I have a full year of spinning, both on drop spindles and on a wheel, under my belt, I’m ready for the challenge that is the Tour de Fleece. So I joined three different teams, cleaned my wheel, ordered some more bobbins and pulleys for my Ladybug, ordered a new spinning wheel (more on that when the wheel arrives), got out the spindle I plan to use for one of my challenges, and got my fiber in order. I’m as ready as ready can be.

But before the Tour begins on Saturday, I need to finish my current spinning project. I am spinning this lovely mixed BFL braid that I bought from Woolgatherings.

Mixed BFL from Woolgatherings

Mixed BFL from Woolgatherings

I wanted to make a 4-ply with this, and I also wanted to try to keep the colors separate in some sections of the yarn, while letting them mix in others. So the first thing I did was divide the top in half across the width. Then I took the first half and divided it into fourths lengthwise. I rolled each length up and put each one in a bag I had labeled 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4 A. Then I repeated with the second half of the braid, labeling the bags 1 B, 2 B, 3 B, and 4 B. This helped me to keep the colors in the correct order. I spun 1A and 1B onto the first bobbin, 2A and 2B, onto the second bobbin, etc.

Mixed BFL on the wheel

Mixed BFL on the wheel

The spinning is done and the bobbins are resting in preparation for being plied.

The plying should be finished tomorrow, freeing up four bobbins for the start of the Tour de Fleece. I can hardly wait!

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6 thoughts on “My First Tour De Fleece

  1. These colours are SO beautiful!

    I was thinking briefly about participating this year, but with my MA-thesis going on, I really do not anything that puts me more under stress. Plus, I’m still not as fast on the drop spindle and have to learn a lot more about making more than superfine singles that have so much twist in them (after the bath!) that they are still curling like mad … 😉

    I’ll keep my thumbs pressed for you!! 🙂 (and btw – congratulations on finishing your heart socks, they are gorgeous)

    • Thanks, Julia. I agree that the colors are beautiful. I love Woolgatherings in large part because the colors are so pretty. Good luck with your thesis. You seem to be making great progress on it, and your topic is very interesting.

  2. Oooh, what a pretty braid of fiber! Can’t wait to see the finished yarn.

    I’m getting very excited for the Tour de Fleece to start. I’ve been so focused on some knitting deadlines lately that I’ve been neglecting my spinning tools, so it’ll be great to have a good excuse to spend all the time I want spinning for a while.

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