Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015

I haven't written on here in a long while! In between my last post and today, I've relocated to Murfreesboro, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville.) It's wonderful to be back in the sunny South and I've been taking full advantage of our apartment complex's beautiful pool in between work hours and working on my new studio area. I have to admit, I miss the studio at my parent's house quite a lot, but it's nice to be with Andrew again.

So, what have I been looking forward to and working on this year? So much! Coming up on the 4th is the Tour de Fleece. If you aren't familiar with this event, it's an annual spinning challenge that takes place at the same time as the Tour de France, the famous world cycling competition. We spin while they spin, rest when they rest, and challenge ourselves on their challenge days. This year, I have some pretty attainable plans (no sweater lots this round!)

For Team MegaSAL (a group themed around the Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett), I'll be spinning these lovely fibers:

Nobby and Vetinari by Southern Cross Fibres, Magrat from Nest, and Ankh-Morpork from Fat Cat Knits

I'm planning some sock yarns for most of them, but the one with beige, green and khaki tones just screams my dad, so I'll be making him something with yarn from those. My challenge is the Ankh-Morpork, which I want to spin to match some Anzula Nebula (a sparkling sock yarn) and make the Purl Bee Pixel Stitch Socks.

The other team I'm working with is Team Hello Yarn, and here's what I'm planning on spinning for that team:

Tinkle & a Glint, Beastie, Winter Stole Color and Pink Treacle, all from Hello Yarn
I think this will be the easiest lot for me to spin, with only the red-based one, Tinkle and a Glint, becoming sock yarn. The others are all destined to be sport or worsted weights.

Are you spinning in the TdF? What team(s) are you participating in and what are you going to be spinning?

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