Tour de Fleece 2018 is done! I just went all over the place with goals( or a lack thereof), with this one. I’m still in that place where I am not sure how my yarn’s gonna turn out, so I don’t make any concrete decisions as far as what I’ll be using a yarn for. I just spin it, and it becomes what it becomes. So everybody is making plans like, “Oh, I’m gonna spin for a sweater, a cowl”, etc. And I’m just here like, “I’m gonna spin!” And so I did.
That’s almost everything. The Headcase fiber from a previous post is still in time-out while I decide to either untangle it or set it ablaze. I go to extremes. The orange-red fiber at the 7 o’clock is some unknown stuff I had on the bobbins prior to the Tour. I think it might be some wool fiber from the now-defunct Zarzuela’s Fibers shop. The pink skeins are Little Barn’s signature OOAK fibers which is probably a mishmash of different US breeds, as is the purple skein. The brownish-gray is some soft unknown stuff I was gifted back in 2007 and rounding out the gang is the ole’ confusing Wensleydale and its mystery lookalike.
I still have two fibers left that I spun singles from during the actual tour, and are either being plied or awaiting their turn:
Kool-Aid dyed Merino fiber I picked up eons ago from a now-closed local fiber shop. It was a bit of a nightmare to spin and I will be plying this with some commercially-dyed red Merino I have, but it is OH. SO. SOFT. Can’t wait to knit that up.
And lastly, some rich brown fiber that turns out is NOT Ashland Bay like I thought it was, but rather some Brown Sheep mill end fiber I got from SheepShed Studio back when I got my wheel and went fool buying All The Fiber. Rougher than the Merino but still a good spin. It’s currently being plied. One bobbin down, one(?) to go.
All in all, this year’s Tour de Fleece was fun. I did spin on rest days (shhhhh!) and missed a day when pink eye decided to try me, but I got back in the game and I think I did pretty good. As it turns out, there’s a Spanish version of the tour called the Vuelta a España, happening 8/25-9/16, so I’ll probably spin during that too. Oh, who am I fooling? I’m gonna spin regardless!
Peace and Blessings,