Tour de Fleece.

And so it begins…

I have joined as usual Team Jellylegs for those fans of Limegreenjelly rovings, Team Spindlers for those spinning on Drop Spindles, Team Climbers for those who have set thmselves a challenge and Team Breakaway for those spinning Art Yarns.

The challenge originally was to spin 600g I have 2 Limegreenjelly plaits, 100g each, a Yummy Yarns UK art batt 100g, Some undyed Blue-Faced Leicester 100g and some undyed Merino 100g, but I have also got quite a lot of sheep fleeces that have been given to me so I thought I’d do a bit of that too, and then there’s the Russian Merino tops….

Think I should have joined Team Hopelessly Committed too!

Well so far so good,

Day 1 was spent sorting out which fibre would be spun on which spindles.

Day 2,


50g of the Limegreenjelly Merino. 

As soon as I saw this yarn I knew what I was going to do with it. The Yellow, Green and Red are colours of the Tour’s shirts so I went on a search for little bike charms.

Day 3, whilst waiting for the charms to arrive,


50g ImageI began spinning the Toffee Twist Russian Merino Tops.

Day 4 the charms arrived.


My first skein of TdF 2013. “Tete de la Course” Merino and silver plated bicycle charms.

Day 5,


My 2nd skein  100g “Marsaille” the Yummy Yarns UK Art Batt. So called because Cavendish won this stage. And 3rd skein 50g “Erik” the Russian Merino Tops. 


Day 6,


This day was spent washing, carding and spinning some sheep fleece. 50g done.

Day 7 was spent at the local craft market. I did get some spinning done, but not a great deal. Day’s 8/9 were written off. I was aching like mad so had a rest.

Day 10 should have been a rest day but as I’d already had 2 days off, I thought I’d catch up.


I’m working on my 2nd Limegreenjelly fibre, Merino again. The first 50g is done  and I’ve washed more sheep fleece.

Today is day 11. I’m at work so all my spinning will be done this evening. I’m hoping to get the other 50g done so that can be plied.

The most wonderful thing about Tour de Fleece is seeing everyone’s spinning projects, there’s some really clever people out there, I am mesmerized and in awe of it all!

So far 350g of my target of 600g is done, not bad for the first week.

Time to get back in the saddle.


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