I haven’t participated in the Tour de Fleece in several years. I had other crafting things that took priority, I suppose, but I decided I’d participate this year in a casual way with my friend, Laura’s group, The Corner of Knit and Tea. If you aren’t familiar with the Tour, it’s a fiber event that runs concurrently with the Tour de France, which kicks off this Saturday, June 26th, and runs through July 18, 2021. Spinners can choose to participate with a team, or spin on their own. The Tour de Fleece follows the same schedule as the riders, with a few days off over the event timeline, and days that are more “sprint” days and others that are more “long-haul mountain” days. There is a Ravelry group for the event if you’re interested in more information here.
I’m in the midst of a spinning project right now for my Order of the Phoenix Mission for the HPKCHC group on Ravelry. I am working through 8 oz of Polwarth wool roving hand-dyed by Two if By Hand (sadly no longer in business). I spun up a small 2-oz skein to check my yarn weight since I’ve got a sweater planned with a combination of this fiber and some others in similar colors. I finished spinning the next 2 oz of singles, and I have another 2 oz I’m working on right now that I’d love to get done this weekend so I can start plying next week. Here’s the current status of the in-progress bobbin:
I should be able to get these 4 oz plied up and finished during the Tour, and then I’ll tackle the smaller final 2 oz of this batch. Once I see how much yardage I’ve got from these 8 oz, I’ll take a look at the remaining fiber I’ve pulled for use in this sweater spin. I’ve got two more 4-oz braids of one colorway and then one 4-oz braid of another similar colorway. (All of the colorways are in similar moody blue-greens and teals.) I need about 1500 yards for the size 2 in The Weekender Light (Ravelry link) pattern I want to make with this. I should have about 825-850 yards of this yarn when I’m done with these 8 oz, so I’d need another 8 oz or so spun at the same weight/grist to have enough for this sweater. I’m hoping I can get that out of the two matching 4-oz braids, but I do have that final one if I need it.
I don’t think I’ll get to much else with the Tour as my spinning time is fairly limited, but it’d be great to have some continued forward progress on this spinning project AND continue to whittle down the fiber stash (which takes up more space currently than the yarn stash, if that can be believed).
Are you making plans for the Tour?