Saturday, July 3, 2010

On the Tour (de Fleece)

So, a certain Kentucky farmgirl from the knitting group has talked me into joining the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry, in which people who know how to spin do that for the duration of the Tour de France (that's today, right up to Sunday July 25th.)

What this means is that I have cleared off my spindle and will be using it every day except for the two days of rest that I forget right now (the 12th and the 21st, I think?). There are teams, and I joined the Canadian one. I hope my lack of spinning skills won't impact anybody's chances of winning a button or anything.

To put this in perspective, here is what I managed to spin in the two months I was actively spinning after purchasing my bare-bones spindle in April of 2009:

And here is how much fiber is left of that piece of roving:

There is another hunk of roving to match this one, too, in case I magically run out before the end of the tour. In case you're in love, it's Lively roving, Netherfield colourway (how appropriate, since I'm back on a big Austen jag in my reading), from Twisted Fiber Art. Very, very nice to touch and probably to spin with too, once you stop breaking the fiber every three minutes. I'll let you know for sure if I ever have occasion to find out.

And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see if I remember how to connect fiber to spindle. Happy 4th of July a day early, my US friends!

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