Tour De Fleece 2015

Everyone has heard of Tour De France, but what the heck is Tour De Fleece?Β  LOLOL!

As the word fleece suggests it has to do with raw fleece, roving, carded tops — in a nutshell, all the things yarn spinners go crazy over.Β  It’s an annual yarn spinning challenge run on Ravelry during the same time frame as Tour De France.Β  This year it’ll go from July 4th – July 26th, 2015.

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The official guidelines as posted on Ravelry are as follows:

Welcome to our group for participants in the annual Tour de Fleece spin-along during the Tour de France. They spin, we spin. A real spinning-themed spin-along.

The concept is simple:

Challenge Yourself.
Spin.
Have fun.

Guidelines (NOT RULES):

  • Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 4 through Sunday July 26th. Days of rest: Monday, July 13th and Tuesday, July 21st. (Just like the actual tour.)
  • Spin something challenging on the challenge day (usually the toughest high mountain stage: this year, it’s Stage 18, on Thursday, July 23rd, when they will climb 5 mountains, including the 1,924m high Col du Glandon).
  • Wear yellow on Sunday July 26th to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour – but here we are all β€˜race leaders’) Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter – think FAST), Polka-dot (climber – as in uphill), and white (rookie).

Honestly, I didn’t think I would have been able to participate this year.Β  I’ve been spinning on my spindles but if you read this blog often enough, you’ll know that my spinning wheel and I finally started communicating with each other last Sunday after almost 2 years ofΒ  …. errrrr … non communication.Β  So although I’m not on a team, I’ll be joining my buddy Elisa (from our Knit Picks & More Stashdown group) and a few other members to do an unofficial spin-along.

My goals are to:

  • Spin more consistent singles
  • Spin 4 ozs of mixed bfl (update on that … this should be changed.Β  I got spin happy on Wednesday night and just had to start finishing it.)Β  New goal is to spin what is left.
  • Spin 4 ozs of undyed Wensleydale
  • Dye 4 ozs of Wensleydale then spin it
  • Spin a 2 ply combo
  • Although this is not a spin, I want to card 4 ozs of fiber I got from an independent dyer that’s kinda matted (possibly from the dyeing process) so I could spin it later.

 

Planned Spinning Fibersfrom l to r: 4 ozs mixed bfl, 8 ozs wensleydale

TdF15 basketThis is my TdF2015 basket but errrr … I already spun the teal Wednesday night and … errr … guess where that pink fiber is

Knitpicks Peruvian FiberLOLOLOLOL!!!!

Yeah … I’ve been kinda spinning everyday.Β  Can you blame me?Β  :D

Whatever your plans — whether you go out, hang out with friends and family, barbeque, go to the beach or pool, or spend your 4th playing with yarn, fiber or whatever your creative medium is — Happy 4th of July!!!!

Houston, We Have Lift Off!!!!

My Sunday morning devotional reading was devoted to the Proverbs 31 woman.Β  What stood out to me specifically:

13Β She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands..

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19Β She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

What?!!!!!Β  Obviously my mind was not where it should have been.Β  Or was it? After reading how she rocked her distaff and her spindle, me and this chic right here, Ms Olga if you please, had to have a serious chat.

I had to set her straight and let her know that I too wanted to rock my spindle and distaff (that would be her).Β Β  After a brake band change to fix her uptake issues, and a test run on some commercial yarn to get used to feeding and treadling.Β  We moved from:

Seeing uptake with commercial yarn

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to getting impatient (despite my most sincere promise to practice only feeding and treadling for a week) and adding fiber … to end up with … dun, dun, dun …

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The skein is under spun, overspun, thick, thin, messy but deliciously mine. I have no idea what the fiber content is, it was given to me by the talented lady who taught me to knit (Monique R) but there’s no label.Β  I don’t even care about the fiber content.Β  What the resulting skein does is remind me that perseverance does pay off.Β Β  Now to set my Ravelry Tour De Fleece 2015 goals (I’ll be back on Thursday to tell you what those are).Β Β  I’ve already wiped down Ms. Olga and given her a good oiling and ready to go on Saturday!!!! Β  By the time those games are done (on July 26th), I want to be able to call myself a spinner.

After almost 2 years, Houston, we have lift off!Β  :D

Goodbye, Not Farewell …

Nicky:

Jan 2011 was the first time I picked up a crochet hook and not too long after that I found Wink’s blog — A Creative Being.Β  It’s been on my weekly reading list ever since.Β  I enjoyed her blog so much, I featured her in my Bloggie Awards post.Β  So to learn yesterday of her passing (by suicide) shook me to the core.Β Β  Her blog has provided inspiration immeasurable and I’m still so very shocked.Β  And saddened.Β  :(Β Β Β  I can’t begin to imagine what her loved ones must be going through right now.

Depression is a demon that I can’t claim to understand.Β  Sure we all get down from time to time and some instances might be more acute but to suffer from something so unexplainable and debilitating to the point where taking one’s life seems the only way to make it stop is not something I can claim to know.

I don’t know how many people read this blog without commenting, so I’ll say, if you’re feeling depressed or suicidal, call your local suicide hotline, or 911 (NYersΒ  your numbers are here) or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the NSP website which has other resources. Β  There are also local charities geared and prepared to assist … even if it is just to help you through that moment.Β  I don’t know that level of despair, so I can’t claim to understand what you’re going through, but I can encourage you to get help.

Wink is gone, but her work is still here to continue to inspire us as artists and creatives.Β  May she rest in peace.

Here’s to you Wink … Queen of Crochet Mandalas, ever colorful, ever inspiring, always armed with a crochet hook.Β  <3

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Originally posted on D'NALI:

:oops:Β  It’s always humbling to find out that there are people out there (other than my friends and relatives) who actually read my blog.Β  There are many blogs I love, I just don’t ever think that people feel the same way about mine.Β Β  I know … it’s kinda nuts but that’s how I feel.Β  So it’s always with deep gratitude that I accept blog awards.Β  I found out that Hannah gifted me with two and Ashley with one.Β  To both of you and all my other readers, thank you so much.Β  What you all have done is once again made me re-define community and also challenge myself to really up my fibre arts game!Β  Now I really can’t be a slacker!Β  LOLOL!Β  :D Β 

It’s really wonderful to be a part of such a wonderful group of crafters.

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