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Getting ready for the Tour de Fleece 2015

All the info you could ever need about Tour de Fleece here.

The tour starts on July 4th, but I think I have figured out what I want to spin already. I will probably change my mind about it a bit (a lot) after we start. I hope to do daily picture posts (probably won’t have time to write much).

TDF spindles and fiber posing for a starting photo
TDF spindles and fiber posing for a starting photo

This is an awesome chance to spin some fiber from some of my favorite suppliers on some of my favorite spindles (and wheels – more about that at a later date).

So far I have fiber from Nunoco, The Double Ewe, Fondant Fibre, Hilltop Cloud, Porpoise Fur (forgot to include that in the picture), and Barber BlackSheep (picture below).

Spindles are from Mirkwood, Bristlecone, FWAussie, Malcolm Fielding, Turtlemade, Buckeye and Woodland Woodworking

I will also be spinning on my wheels (Little G and Big G).

Barber BlackSheep rolags and TexasJean spindles that I forgot to include in the group picture
Barber BlackSheep rolags and TexasJean spindles that I forgot to include in the group picture
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Spinning the Bin

Like many other spinners; I tend to accumulate quite a bit of fiber. It’s easier (a LOT easier) to buy fiber or yarn that to actually create something with it. In the Spin the Bin Challenge every spinner makes a commitment to spin a pre-determined set of at least 12 fibers from their stash. The spinning must be finished before the end of 2015. Furthermore each spinner can choose to donate the fibers from the bin that weren’t spun before the end of the year.

Here are the fibers I have committed to spinning this year:

My 2015 Spin The Bin fibers
My 2015 Spin The Bin fibers
  1. Fiber Quirks The Tarot Series Hand-carded Batts: The Star Merino 100g/3.5oz
  2. Porpoise Fur Rita’s Bedroom Falkland 115g/4.0oz
  3. Hilltop Cloud Robin Merino, BFL, Manx Loaghtan, Yak 100g/3.5oz
  4. Hilltop Cloud Blue Nile Merino, Corriedale, Tussah Silk, Stellina 100g/3.5oz
  5. Hilltop Cloud Carded Batt- Blue & Yellow Spinning Fiber- Merino, BFL, Alpaca 100g/3.5oz
  6. Undyed Polwarth approx 2.5oz
  7. Willow Fairy Wool Hearty – BFL, Silk 100g/3.5oz
  8. Fondant Fibre Meditation Norboo 100g/3.5oz
  9. Fondant Fibre Dakota Don’t remember the fibers 115g/4.0oz
  10. Garngalleriet Handcarded Batts Orange/Pastels Don’t remember the fibers 99g/3.5oz
  11. Homespun from Devon Cottage Garden – Hand Dyed Blue Faced Leicester Top/Roving 100g/3.5oz
  12. Porpoise Fur Wysteria BFL/Alpaca/Silk 115g/4.0oz

I have started on my #10 already and I am really enjoying it!

Garngalleriet orange and pastal batt being spun on a Mirkwood Gimli spindle
Garngalleriet orange and pastel batt being spun on a Mirkwood Gimli spindle