It’s definitely that time.
The Tour de Fleece begins on Saturday and in my house it’s been a mad dash to get everything set in between all the things going on in life. Because it is summer and no matter how much I want summer to be relaxing, it is always so busy.
Don’t get me wrong, it is busy in the best ways. I mean I can’t complain when earlier this week we had the most beautiful family afternoon bike ride…
Through the woods…
And out along the Mead Wildlife Area.
Where the only traffic jam we had to deal with was a couple of noisy Sandhill Cranes.
I recently had my old bike tuned and nearly rebuilt by our local bike shop. It’s the same bike my dad bought for me the summer before I went to college… 19years ago! I rode it all over town throughout college and then I towed my kids all over town in the tow-behind when they were little. It was definitely due for some work and the folks at The Sport’s Den did an awesome job. It rides like new and I am so happy about that. With my limited hiking abilities, biking has proven a wonderful alternative for our family to be active together. Oh, and for those wondering, I had my spindle spinning inside the backpack for this ride — I swear it’s there!
And isn’t it fitting to be riding more with the impending Tour de Fleece? I’ve been as busy as ever checking in on the Three Waters Farm Team for which I’m co-captain. Everyone is so excited and getting prepped — it’s so inspiring. I’ve been behind on getting ready, but last night I made some great strides. I wound off all but one of my spindles onto weaving bobbins so I could start a new project with Three Waters Farm fiber. And for that, I took a 4oz braid of fiber and created this giant bowl of rolags.
I’ve made fauxlags before, but never rolags so this was new for me. I started with this braid of the colorway Giant Celosia in a Polwarth + Silk 60/40 blend.
It took a while for me to get the process down, but by the end I was really enjoying it.
And the rolags started to look like…
Actual rolags! This process was one of the main reasons I bought hand cards last fall at the WI Sheep & Wool Festival because I really love to spin from rolags with spindles and I finally got around to trying it now so that I could have a travel TWF project for the Tour.
On the wheel, I have soooo many fibers pulled and such big dreams, but I’m thinking I will start with these braids.
These are all Superfine Merino and the intention is to spin them all as yummy, plump 2-ply worsted weight yarns. It’ll be a nice, easy, relaxing way to start the Tour. Although… who knows if I’ll diverge from this plan and throw another spin in there because as usual, just when I’m pretty sure I’m going to zag, I zig.
So before the Tour begins I have three main things on my to-do list.
First, finish up my Hawser ply.
I’ve got two wildly up-plied bobbins just ready to go.
Second, I’ve got to finish and then wind off my lone spindle with spinning on it. Although if I’m being honest, this doesn’t necessarily have to happen before the Tour begins. I could just start with another spindle (can you hear me hedging because I have a feeling I’ll run out of time…) and wind this one off later.
And last, I’d like to wind my “franken bobbin” into a center pull ball and then ply it to free up the extra bobbin.
Considering we have company headed our way and a busy Friday & Saturday planned, I’m thinking I’ll be lucky if I finish up one out of three of these. But that is life and what I love best about knitting and spinning is that where ever life takes me, I can work my craft in and around it. And it’ll all get done… eventually.