Tour de Fleece 2014

Well, I thought I was gonna be posting almost every day of the Tour de Fleece.  You know, the yearly event for handspinners that coincides with the Tour de France. The idea is to challenge yourself to a spinning project or projects and “ride” the same days as the Tour de France riders ride.

My goal this year was to spin and ply this fiber, “Splash”, by FatCatKnits, on my vintage Joe Jorgensen wheel, one of the ones I rescued from a dirty old barn last year.


And this fiber. “Glory” by Lisa Souza.  I spun this on my Ladybug.


I was pretty pleased at how they turned out.

Splash7a Splash - 572 yards unwashed

Day 20-1

I created collages for every day of the Tour.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

Day 14 Collage

Day 9 Collage

Well, the Tour de Fleece wasn’t pau yet, so I decided to ply “Haunama Bay”.

Day 18-4a

We went to a memorial service one day where a piper was playing “Amazing Grace”. I barely made it through that.  Beautiful.

Day 7 Collage

When I finished that, there was still some time left, so I finished the Tour by spinning and plying two ounces of yak/silk/merino by Raven Ridge Fiber in “Aspen Bark”.

Aspen Bark2

And then, three weeks later, all pau. I was pretty pleased with everything I had spun.

Tour de Fleece Spinning 1646 yards total







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2 Responses to Tour de Fleece 2014

  1. AFK says:

    Such beautiful work – I love the idea of Tour de Fleece. You get people who might not otherwise be interested in such a sporting event and combine it with another discipline. And you get beautiful results and a community of craftspeople!

    Moki-chan, what’s the plant you highlight with the aspen bark? The one with the berries? It looks vaguely like a bromeliad.

  2. Mokihana says:

    Mahalo, AFK! You know, Iʻm not particularly interested in cycling; I started watching the Tour de France because of Tour de Fleece, then realized I could “ride” through France (and England, this year) and see the scenery and the small towns that Iʻm not likely to ever see in person. I could see castles and buildings and hay fields and mountains! Then I got interested in the event and the riders. All this while I was spinning! Win-win all around!

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