Monthly Archives: July 2020

Tour de Fleece 2020 – part 1?

Tour de Fleece was a bit different this year. Normally following the schedule of the Tour de France, with coronavirus postponing the cycling it was decided to follow the original schedule, as the rescheduled bike ride may not happen later in August/September.

So I dug out my fibre (all from Hilltop Cloud) and set to work.

A table full of hand-dyed fibre.

Starting with a gradient pack of Parrakeet (50% merino, 32.5% South American Wool, 12.5% baby llama, 5% viscose tweed nepps), I spun the first pack over days 1 and 2, the second on days 3 and 4, plying them together on day 5.

1,398 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.

A close-up of purple-green gradient handspun yarn.

Day 6 and I started on 3 braids of a Rambouillet gradient (100g each). I began by splitting the braid lengthways 4 times, so that I could ply two lengths together for sweater sleeves. I spun one quarter braid on day 6, and two more on day 7. On day 8 I spun the final quarter braid, plied the first two quarters together, and started spinning a full braid. Day 9 continued the spinning of the first full braid, which was completed on day 10 along with plying the second two quarters together. The remaining full braid was spun over days 11 and 12, and plied across days 13 and 14.

2,032 yards of light fingering/lace weight 2ply yarn.

A close-up of blue-orange-purple gradient handspun yarn.

Day 15 I split a braid of 75% Blue Faced Leicesters, 25% ramie gradient lengthways 4 times and spun 3 of the quarter braids up. I then took a rest day the following day (originally scheduled for much earlier) before finishing the 4th quarter on day 16. I also plied two quarters on day 16 and started on a full braid of the gradient. I finished spinning that braid on day 17. Day 18 was spent plying the remaining two quarters and spinning about half of a final braid. This braid was finished on day 19, and plied on day 20. This left me with just the skeining to do on day 21, taking the final Sunday as the second rest day with just photos and project updating to do.

1,476 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

A close-up of blue-green handspun yarn.

A total of 902g of fibre spun up into 4,906 yards of yarn.

Multiple skeins of handspun gradient yarns.

Still plenty of fibre left if the Tour does go ahead later in the summer.

Going solo

Unfortunately today I had to close my ravelry download store. It came to my attention that despite being provided with evidence by multiple people that certain elements of the new website design posed a risk of causing seizure and migraine, the team is continuing to use these elements in the download email that accompanies a pattern purchase. These elements (primarily the drop shadows) remain even if the purchase is made by a member who is using the classic ravelry skin, or has turned off the more damaging elements in their profile.

This leaves me no choice but to suspend my ravelry store so as not to expose any customers to this risk.

I do not take this decision lightly, as ravelry has a monopoly in the fibre world, and I will lose income as a result of taking my sales off this platform (though they will still appear in the database). But I feel that this is the only option available to me, as it is not possible to customise the download emails to remove these elements.

Any purchases made through ravelry will continue to be available in your library, or accessible via your original download email. All patterns are now available here in my pattern store.