I am trying my hand at spinning this year, so armed with a range of drop spindles (I’m trying to wait before making an investment in a wheel) I am taking part in the Tour de Fleece. This runs alongside the Tour de France with spinners across the world challenging themselves throughout the Tour. Most try to spin each day that the Tour rides, taking the same days off, and setting themselves challenges on particularly hard days of the Tour (such as big ascents or especially long stages or time trials). I’m just going to try and spin each day and have aligned myself with Team Hilltop Cloud, centred around the Welsh fibre-dyer Hilltop Cloud Katie. Katie dyed a series of secret colourways based on Tour colours, which you can read more about here. No-one knew what the actual colours would be until they arrived and I opted for A, D and H which ended up being Team Death Star (inspired by Chris Froome’s Team Sky jerseys), Team Kwick-Fit (inspired by Mark Cavendish’s Team Omega-Pharma-Quickstep jersey highlights) and some Maillot Jeune (inspired by the sunflowers along the course as well as the leader’s jersey).
A couple of new spindles also arrived just in time, including a lightweight purpleheart trindle from Trindleman and a purpleheart and ash turkish spindle from Kerryspindles which I plan to use for plying, and a Tour de Fleece wristband (which is handy for tucking fibre into so that it doesn’t get tangled up with what you are spinning).
I will be updating my daily progress in the various ravelry groups and on my handspun project pages there, and instead of boring people to pieces with them here I will post a weekly round-up instead.
Here is everything ready to go on my trusty old bike: