the day before TdF

TdF, for those of you who may not be obsessed with Things Spinning, is not the Tour de France. Well, OK, it is that, too; however, in the world of spinners, we have created our own challenge event to coincide with the Tour de France as a way of cheering on the riders and encouraging ourselves to Suck Less at spinning.

Our event is called the Tour de Fleece.

My project for the Tour de Fleece:

Left to right: BFL braid handdyed by Sakina Needles; Ramboulliet handdyed by Dan of Gnomespun; half a Romney fleece purchased at Rhinebeck 2010. Off camera are a few ounces of silk handdyed by Jen of Holiday Yarns.

It’s about 2.5 pounds total; enough to make a sweater (or at least, I hope it will be enough to make a sweater).

Goal: Blend, card, and then spin all that loveliness together into a tweedy sort of yarn intended to become a sweater.

The idea is that we spin every day the Tour de France riders ride; we take rest days when they rest, and we start and finish when they do. It’s a fun, time-limited challenge for yourself; there are prizes, but they are drawn randomly and not based on how great your yarn is. This leaves room for even beginning spinners to choose a challenge at their own level and feel the pride of accomplishment.

I’ll be updating the blog regularly with my progress, and of course, photos.


The mitten kits are live (and for sale) on the Holiday Yarns site! 

That colour combo is Sunset and Mint Mojito from Holiday Yarns. You can choose your own colours from the hundred or so on Jen’s site; she will then put together a kit especially for you.

Tell her Sandi sent you. 🙂


Of course you get a Chispa or two. 🙂

An unusual musical instrument: The Snailele. Note the head up near the tuning keys. Awesome!

A truly amazing, creative graduation gift from Dad to his teenage daughter. Wow. Wow.

A very little kitten survives a very long hot trip stuck in the bumper of a car. True facts. Brave kitty!

About sandi

Knitter. Spinner. Quilter. UFO Wrangler. Sometime bead artist and weaver. Two toddler-age kittens, 1 permakitten, 2 grownup cats, 1 beloved dog angel, 1 spouse, 1 crazy life. I suppose that the 5 cats make me 1 crazy cat lady; OTOH, apparently, yes, I do need that much feline supervision.
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3 Responses to the day before TdF

  1. april says:

    The mittens are so cheerful. I like them alot.

  2. molly says:

    i am instantly passing on the chispa about ‘oh the places you’ll go’ to my daughter whose son starts school in the fall….she’ll find it as captivating a notion as did i! thank you for passing it along!

  3. I’m ready to spin – let’s go Team SuckLess! And I love the mittens. They are now at the top of my wishlist. Miss you! Hugs. -Heather-

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