2015 was the second year I have participated in the Tour de Fleece, and the first time I have used a wheel instead of a spindle (though I switched to a Trindle at the end). This enabled me to eat through the 900g of fibre I had set myself as my challenge, creating 4,160 yards of fingering weight yarns of varying colourways. I even managed to spin whilst I was away at residential school for a week, and whilst attending funerals and birthdays. I’m very pleased with what I managed to achieve.
Very little spinning done on days 18-21 of this year’s Tour. Day 18 was spent travelling to and attending the funeral of a friend who died suddenly in an accident a couple of weeks ago. Day 19 was spent travelling from Manchester to Suffolk for a 50th birthday weekend, and so went days 20 and 21. I only had my trindle with me, and was working on some Hilltop Cloud British superfine alpaca.
After a nice rest day it was onto the plying of the last of the fibre I had set aside to spin during this year’s Tour. Just as the riders must have thought that the line would never come in Pra Loup, I thought the plying would never be done. I just managed to finish it and get it skeined up before heading out the door to go to a comedy gig. It came to a very pleasing 880 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn, which has now had a bath and is drying.
I will be switching to a spindle now, but won’t get much done tomorrow as I have to travel to Manchester for a funeral, then will be travelling to Suffolk on Friday for a 50th birthday bash (and will have decidedly limited access to the interwebs).
A bit of a clonk on the head for Geraint Thomas today, I was glad to see him cross the line. I also crossed the line of finishing spinning the last of the singles of the 200g of Blue Tit. A rest day tomorrow, then I will ply it up, thereby finishing all of the fibre I had set myself to spin during the Tour. I have picked out 100g of Hilltop Cloud alpaca to spindle spin for the remaining time while I will be away from my wheel. That will take me to a round 1kg spun during the Tour.
A quiet day on the Tour (but a dreadful day in the cricket). I was wearing yellow myself and managed to power through 100g of Blue Tit, even though I didn’t start until after 14:30. I shall aim to do the same again tomorrow before the final rest day.
Another multi-sport day as I managed to watch all of the British Eurosport coverage of the Tour today, whilst also listening to the cricket, and caught up on the Athletics too. I finished spinning up the singles of the Catherine Howard roving and even managed to ply and skein it before bedtime. It came to 884 yards of fingering weight yarn, which I am pretty pleased with as I thought it might be more of a dk weight when I was spinning the singles. I get to start on my final 200g that has been specifically set aside for the Tour tomorrow.
A good chunk of spinning done today, around 35g. I could have done more but decided to have a nap as I had a race this evening and wanted to catch up a little on my sleep after residential school. If I don’t go to the harbourside festival tomorrow I may be able to finish off this braid ready for plying on Sunday. I even managed to watch all of the Tour coverage while I span, but ended up seeing a bit more of Jean-Christophe Péraud than I had bargained on after his crash. No spare pair of shorts in the team car?
I managed to sneak in a little spinning whilst watching the start of the Tour coverage on my laptop over lunch, and then finished off the rest of the first Catherine Howard braid after dinner whilst watching the highlights live. That gives me a nice fresh start on the second braid when I get home tomorrow.
I managed to get the most amount of spinning done so far at residential school today, with 10 minutes grabbed at lunchtime in which I managed to get a glimpse of the live coverage, then another 20 minutes before dinner, and an hour and a half after the last lecture. It was just as well that I did manage to catch a bit of live coverage as the highlights programme still isn’t up on ITV player at 23:00, so I’m going to get some sleep and have to settle with the brief highlights package rather than the full programme. I managed to get 35g spun up, so only 20g left of this braid (then another braid of the same roving and some plying to go).
It was a half day at the residential school today, so I managed to squeeze in a little more spinning than usual: about an hour and a half. This equated to 20g more of the Catherine Howard roving I am working through.