The Tour de Fleece (TdF) is an event on Ravelry where you spin fiber into yarn during the Tour de France.
I participated last year, but only spun two skeins of yarn. Last year I was spinning on a Little Meggie kick spindle which, although enjoyable, is on the slow side.
This spring I was able to purchase an e-spinner (electric spinning wheel) from Heavenly Handspinning. I purchased the Vespera, and I am loving spinning on it.
|Here is my Vespera. I stained her purple, and her name is Veronica.|
This year for TdF I spun 13 skeins of yarn!
|Here is a collage of all the yarn I spun this year for TdF!|
I am still a heavy worsted to bulky weight spinner, but that is okay. I like crocheting and weaving with that weight of yarn. I don't really like crocheting with lace weight yarn, so I probably won't ever spin much lace weight yarn (but never say never because things might change!) With practice, I would like to eventually be able to consistently spin sport/DK weight yarn since that is what I seem to use the most when I craft.
I didn't spin any alpaca during the tour. I decided to spin a bunch of sheep wools that are gathering like a huge outrageous herd in my stash. So I spun some BFL (Blue Faced Leicester), superwash BFL, merino, superwash merino, 80/20 merino/silk, falkland, polwarth, and targhee. So far my favorite sheep breed to spin is BFL, whether it be BFL, superwash, variegated, or mixed with silk. I also really enjoyed spinning the targhee. The targhee was not as soft as some of the others, but it poofed up nice and fluffy after it was given a bath to set the twist.
I hope to get some more spinning time in before the end of the year. I need to in order to meet my 13 in 2013 goals! (That is a post for another day!)
P.S. If you want to check me out on Ravelry, my Rav name is jenandoles.