The annual Tour de Fleece spin-along during the Tour de France. They spin, we spin. A real spinning-themed spin-along. The concept is simple:
Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have fun.
This year, the Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday July 5 and runs until Sunday July 27th, 2014.
In the past I have had high ideas of how much I can spin during these 22 days. I’ve probably over estimated again this year but this is the plan:
Clockwise starting at 11 o’clock…
Spinning Straw into Silk ‘Steel Blue’ Silk
Corgi Hill Farm ‘Love Potion’ 85-15 Polwarth/Silk
Flying Goat Farm Merino (Verigated Blue)
Fiber Optic Onyx-Crimson Gradient 80-20 Merino/Silk
Widdershin Woolworks 50-50 Yak/Merino (Brown Braid)
First up, from Widdershin Woolworks Yak/Merino
First thing people ask me about spinning is “Why? Can’t you buy yarn at the store?” Yes. Yes you can but this is SO FUN!! Plus I get to use my handspun to knit with. Double Goodness!
Second thing they ask is “How much yarn do you get from X ounces of fiber?” It depends on how thin you spin it. This 4oz braid yielded 260 yards of yarn.
This is called a single. Meaning I did not ply it with another strand. Most commercial yarns are multi-ply. 260 yards is enough to knit a hat or mittens or fingerless gloves, cowl or scarf :)
I’ve just gotten the blue variegated Flying Goat Farm Roving off the wheel now.
I split the fiber in half and spun the two halves separately and ply them together. It makes a thicker, more bulky yarn.
It’s a bit thick & thin but still a very serviceable yarn :)