I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the Tour de Fleece. With the exception of the KALs I’ve run on my own, it’s definitely my favorite fiber arts event. I love the talented spinners on the teams I’ve joined and I always learn a lot. I also appreciate that it really inspires me to experiment a little more with my spinning and pushes me to spin a bit every day. While I certainly didn’t spin 15skeins of yarn this year like I did in 2013, considering I was away from home 11 out of the 23 days Le Tour ran this year I’m not going to turn my nose up at my 5new skeins
Before I get to my full round-up here, let me share my last two skeins which I haven’t featured here on the blog yet. First, from my stash I pulled a beautiful 4ounces of Dyeabolical‘s Themyscira on a Mixed BFL/Tussah Silk base.
Like many fibers, this one had been in my stash far too long. I spun it into very lightweight singles as my original thought was that I would maximize the yardage with a simple 2-ply. Well, when it came time to ply I started in the evening when I should have called it a night and when I came back to it in the morning all I could see was this section I had under twisted. The only way to really deal with it was to run it back through my wheel. But I had a lot of yardage. And I was tired. And I wanted to finish. So while I thought over my options, I enlisted some help.
Next up, I grabbed this fiber…
Dyeabolical‘s Golden Afternoon on a polwarth/silk base. I bought this fiber after being inspired by Kara’s work last year — she actually inspires the heck out of me on a regular basis. For those of you who don’t know, Kara is an amazing spinner and in addition to sparking my creativity, she’s been kind enough to help me now and then to solve spinning challenges. Definitely follow her blog if you don’t already — it is completely awesome.
Anyhoo, I split this fiber into 3equal portions for a traditional 3ply and then split each of those 3 portions uniquely (read: randomly) to blend the colors.
As for the rest of the tour, let me sum up my other skeins. First, I had the skein of Cloudlover Rambouillet in the Lakefront colorway from the fiber club.
Friends, also don’t forget the 15% discount for all Knitting Sarah friends at Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber which runs through the end of the year ( the giveaway is over, but see here for details on the discount).
Next, I had the Manos del Uruguay superfine merino in Blue Jay…
Add the last two skeins to the mix and here you’ve got my five completed skeins from the Tour de Fleece 2014…
Definitely not as many yards this year, but I’m so very happy with the results. Most importantly though, I’m very inspired and motivated to keep spinning! And, as always, I’m marking my calendar for next year’s Tour — July 4, 2015 can’t come soon enough for me!