What a whirlwind of spinning! And more spinning! But ho da fun! This was my best tour ever, I think. I was Captain of one team, and Co-Captain of another one, which involved cheering on my teammates, responding to posts showing some pretty impressive spinning, and encouraging people who needed encouragement.
And in between, I got to spin! Housework? What’s that? Laundry? Well, I did have to have clean clothes. I also had to put in a lot of working hours. And posting my photos did take a lot of time; gettum off the phone, crop if needed, re-save them, upload to Ravelry. That was pretty time-consuming, too. And somehow in there I managed to cook dinners and make zucchini bread.
Here are a few of my favorite collages; I posted them in about seven different groups for teams that I was on. These aren’t in order, obviously. We got two rest days during the Tour.. and I used them! Well, except this one was a working rest day.
The gray Shetland roving wasn’t easy to spin, but I like the finished result. And the Navajo plying was the first I’d ever done.
This skein is the end result of the fiber above.
Spinning the Shetland roving from a sheep named Maxwell. I took photos of the race while we were watching it in the evenings.
The cat in the spinning wheel was one of our team mascots. The team? My Knitting Has Cat Hair In It (Team Catitude). And pau da Shetland…well, at least for now.
This is what my bobbin looked like in the process of spinning the FatCatKnits fiber.
I couldn’t resist taking this photo of Kalakoa in my lap while I was spinning.
This glorious stuff was a joy to spin!
All ready for plying!
One of my favorite spinning days.
Dye Day collage: Ho da hot!
Glad I don’t have to bike up that road collage:
I hope there’s no earthquake collage:
So grateful for rain collage:
So all together, left to right:
Sapphire Cove Targhee: 452 yards
Tropical Fruit Merino: 168 yards (3 ply)
Fresh Flowers Polwarth: 528 yards
Distant Mountains Yak/Silk/Merino: 280 yards
Maxwell Shetland: 136 yards.
1564 yards total
Which is a little over a quarter of a mile spun. Of course, if I double/triple that yardage because the yarn was plied, I get a lot more!
It was a wonderful Tour de Fleece; the best ever for me.