A Yarn Story

Tour de Fleece Round-up July 27 2016

Hello all! It’s Freya here, taking over the blog once again to update you all on my Tour de Fleece!

Firstly, I have a confession to make: I did not manage to spin every day during the TdF. “For shame!” I hear you cry!  Well, it turned out that my birthday and my birthday trip to London both fell within the time limit – for the former I spent a lot of time making my bungalow respectable for visitors, and the latter was spent mostly dressed up as Han Solo and running around Star Wars Celebration Europe, so very little spinning was done there either!

I did manage to finish a couple of things, though, and I am pretty darned proud of how they turned out.

The first was shade no.2 in a gradient set that I’ve challenged myself to spin from just three different fibres: a silvery Norwegian, a darker grey Icelandic and an almost-black Norwegian.  Here’s a picture showing how I’ve split the fibre, with the one I spun up during the TdF highlighted:

It’s my first 3-ply yarn and only the second time I’ve ever used my beautiful Kromski Lazy Kate to help me ply. Here it is under the first shade, which really shows the difference:

I’m very happy with this. I also spun up some of the darker singles ready for the next shade too!

My second yarn is one I’d been meaning to work on for a while, as a companion to some I’d already spun earlier in the year. I originally started a Boneyard shawl with the first yarn only to find I didn’t have anywhere near enough, so decided to spin a contrasting colourway – while the first yarn used red-purple fiber plied with some beautiful turquoise mohair/cotton singles, this time I chose to use blue/turquoise fiber plied with a red/purple kid merino/silk single.  Here are some photos!

I am very, very happy with the way that this has turned out, and I can’t wait to see my Boneyard finished.

What did you spin in this year’s Tour de Fleece? Why not let us know! You can email me at Freya@ayarnstory.co.uk or use the Ravelry group for the shop to show off all your hard work.

Until next time!

- Freya

Tour de Fleece 2016 June 29 2016 1 Comment

Hello everyone! It’s Freya here, taking over the blog to get excited about this year’s Tour de Fleece!

What is this, I hear you ask?  The Tour de Fleece is an annual spin-a-long that takes place during the Tour de France. The concept is simple: spin some fibre, every day, for the period the cyclists are spinning through France.  You can use wheels, drop spindles, supported spindles – anything you can spin yarn with!

This year, the Tour rides from Saturday July 2nd to Sunday July 24th. The idea is to try and spin every day, aside from the days of rest - Monday, July 11th (which happens to be my birthday!) and Tuesday, July 19th (just like the real tour).  Try spinning something challenging on the Tour challenge days (usually the toughest mountain stage: this year, it’s Stage 8, on Saturday, July 9th, when they will climb 4 mountains, including the 2115m high Col du Tourmalet, and Stage 15, on Sunday, July 17th, when they take on the Grand Columbier!

On Sunday July 24th, wear yellow to announce your victory!

If you don’t manage every day, don’t worry – it’s not a hard and fast rule. The TdF is for enjoying yourself and maybe pushing your abilities a little! I will be working on an undyed gradient set of Icelandic and Norwegian fibres, and some lovely turquoise hand-dyed top that I’m going to be plying with some pre-spun singles.

The shop will have a specially themed window for the length of the Tour, which I will be installing on Friday – and we have a variety of SweetGeorgia Yarns, Malabrigo and Porpoise Fur fibres as well as drop spindle kits in stock if you’d like to join in!

Looking forwards to seeing you over the course of the Tour!

- Freya