The Tour de Fleece is an spin-along during the Tour de France. The idea is that each day of cycling is a day for spinning - they spin, we spin!
This Tour De Fleece is being hosted on Ravelry here. This Tour de Fleece started in 2006 on the blog, Keep on Knitting in the Free World, there is another Tour de Fleece on the web as well but I'm going with this one.
This year, the Tour de Fleece starts today and runs until Sunday July 24th, 2011.
Basically the idea is to spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 2nd through to Sunday July 24th. Days of rest: Monday July 11th, Monday July 18st. (Just like the actual tour).
There are a load of different Teams but I am in Team DyeVerse which is a Wildcard Team. There will also be prizes awarded both during and at the end of the Tour. The purpose of the Tour is a challenge – to challenge yourself to achieve something and to stretch your spinning abilities, maybe learn something new.
So with all this in mind my challenge is to spin as much of my Jacob fleece as possible into skeins of graduating sheepy colours. It’s all washed and divided up into colours and drying on the line in the red net bags.
I started by carding two batts of the white part of the fleece.
Each batt is just over 50g.
The plan is to spin long draw then Navajo ply and to spin at least 100g of each colour graduation. I think that I'll have five or maybe six colours from white to dark brown/black.
Here is my progress so far, not much but I did do a whole lot of carding today!
More tommorow :-)