Monthly Archives: October 2020

Tour de Fleece 2020 – part 2 review

We were lucky enough to get two attempts at Tour de Fleece this year. The first during the originally scheduled dates (which I wrote about here). The second during the actual delayed Tour de France, which nobody was sure was going to happen, but culminated with a very exciting hilly time trial.

I still had some beautiful gradient packs from Hilltop Cloud, leftover from the first Tour, and these were the perfect amount of fibre to spin over the 3 weeks, including taking rest days this time.

6 packs of gradient fibre

Two packs of 3 different colourways (Atoll, Shepherds Delight, and Hawaiian Sunset), allowed me to spin each colourway separately, then ply them together to maintain the gradient.

First up was 299g of Atoll, which became 1,720 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Blue-green gradient yarn

Second I spun 288g of Shepherds Delight, which became 1,638 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Red gradient yarn

Finally I spun 299g of Hawaiian Sunset, which became 1,710 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Purple, green, blue and brown yarn

In total, 886g of fibre spun, resulting in 5,068 yards of yarn.

Three gradient yarns

Patterns on Payhip

Following my removal of my pattern sales from ravelry (who still have not admitted that their new website design caused, and continues to cause, neurological issues, but have announced that they are removing access to the old design in less than 6 months), I have been thinking about how to manage the EU VAT issues.

Initially I offered my designs only here on my website, with a plugin to charge the relevant VAT for EU customers, aware that if I had any sales I would need to register somewhere in the EU in order to pay it over (tricking now that the UK is no longer in the EU, with transitional rules expiring at the end of the year).

Luckily I have had no EU sales since transferring over, so I have now set up my patterns on Payhip, where they will handle the EU VAT for me. This means that I have disabled sales to EU customers here on my site (everyone else should be able to purchase, unimpeded). I have added links to each of the product pages to the Payhip purchase option, so just a couple of extra clicks to get that pdf pattern, without burying me in EU VAT admin.

Payhip only allows a maximum of 9 images per product page, so you will generally find more photos here (apart from older patterns or those patterns that for some reason Payhip didn’t like the image files), but feel free to purchase wherever works best for you.

My Payhip store can be found here: and you can register to be notified of new pattern releases there (and they will also always be posted here).