My Tour progress started to slow down a little bit this week, as I’ve been laid flat with a pretty nasty cold for the past few days, but I thought I’d share what I did manage to get done.

I started by working on finishing up that braid of Into the Whirled Romney that’s been lingering in my stash for a few years, now.

Tour de Fleece Day 8-9

Tour de Fleece Day 8-9

I ended up chain plying it into some bulky weight yarn. The yardage isn’t fantastic – about 100m or so, but in bulky weight that’s enough for a fine hat or pair of mittens.

Looking at it and feeling it after a wash, it’s not that bad – the yarn is pretty consistent, and the colours are gorgeous. I just have a thing about that fiber, apparently. I didn’t love the feel of it in my hands, especially after spinning it, and didn’t have a ton of goodwill towards this skein. Because this really wasn’t this skein’s fault at all, I decided to rehome it to someone who will love it properly, which I think was a good choice for everyone involved.

Anyway, this skein went shockingly quickly (bulky weight will do that to a person), and I started in on another braid for Day 9 of the Tour.

ITW Polwarth

Tour de Fleece Day 9

This is more Into the Whirled from my birthday shopping. It’s Polwarth fibre (my FAVOURITE) in a colourway called “Blink,” and we are in love. I’m spinning it ever so slowly, and hoping for a three-ply fingering weight yarn. I split the braid into thirds, and am spinning each third onto its own bobbin with a plan to ply them together. This will be an experiment in seeing how well I do at having the colour changes line up, and I’m curious.

Tour de Fleece Day 10

I made pretty excellent progress on this before I got sick, and since then have slowed down a bit. I’ve made it through two bobbins over Tour Days 9 through 13, and started a wee bit on the third. Hopefully I’ll be able to recover and at least finish up this skein before the Tour ends next week.


So, I’ve been working on spinning through my stash for the Tour de Fleece. My spinning stash is not enormous, but I do have a few braids I’ve been saving. Mostly, I wanted to use the Tour to get back into my practice of daily spinning. I was really, really good about getting in at least 5-10 minutes a day from January to April, and then I started to get a little bit spotty.

It’s been a surprisingly motivating experience spinning with so many other people! The Ravelry groups are full of people posting their daily progress, which is very inspiring. Of course, I’m fitting my spinning in with real life and work, so I don’t always have tons of time for crafts. My solution to this has been to try getting up an extra half-hour early, so that I can get in some spinnning before I leave for the day.

The Tour started on July 5, and from the 5th to the 10th I worked on this braid of superwash BFL from Into The Whirled. The colourway is called ‘Mackenzie,’ and I’ll admit I picked it up because it is the same name as our kitten.

ITW Superwash BFL

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Tour de Fleece Day 3

Tour de Fleece Day 5

I spun long-draw, and my goal was to really focus on my long-draw technique for yardage. I’ve found that my put-up has gone down lately, and I’m not totally sure why. One of the thoughts I had was that I’ve been getting lazy about wide hands and technique for long-draw, and that might explain why I’m getting less yardage for weight than I’d expect. My plan was to split the fiber in half, and spin for a fractal-spun two ply.

Because I was paying attention to yardage instead of the weight of yarn I was spinning, I accidentally ended up with some fairly fine singles! I thought I would spin for a worsted weight, but as I started plying it became obvious that I’d spun fingering-weight yarn. I actually checked my WPI as I went, so I know that this comes out to about 15 WPI before washing.

Tour de Fleece Day 6

Tour de Fleece Day 6

Tour de Fleece Day 6

The finished yarn is definitely more woolen-spun – it’s got some nice spring to it, and isn’t too tightly plied. I think it would be a really amazing yarn for lighter-wearing accessories or sweaters, but probably wouldn’t work well for socks.

After finishing that yarn, I decided to open up a braid of Romney fiber that I’ve been neglecting. It’s an absolutely gorgeous colourway, and the prep is amazing, but I recently discovered that I super dislike spinning Romney. It seemed like a good thing to get ‘out of the way’ while I have the motivation of the tour, so I started working on that for Day 7 (yesterday).

Tour de Fleece Day 7


Or: the third pair of socks I’ve made with the same yarn and the same pattern. I think, having finished this pair, I may finally be able to take a break from this combination for a while.

This is Socks That Rock Lightweight in the colourway “Rock Star,” which I am completely smitten with. It’s so pink, photos can’t totally do it justice. It sort of hurts the eyes to look at this yarn for too long. This is not a photo with the saturation turned all the way up, it’s – pretty much the yarn as it looks in real life. Absolutely a rockstar colourway.

Rock Star Socks

I worked it on 60 sts with 2.5mm needles to get the self-striping effect, using the stitch pattern from Hermione’s Everyday Socks to keep myself interested.

Rock Star Socks

I must admit, I do feel a bit at loose ends without a sock on the go, but I think after doing three pairs in such quick succession, I might need a bit of a sock break. Just a small one. I’m all out of Socks that Rock to reach for in my stash, but I’ve got plenty of other kinds of sock yarn waiting for me when I’m ready.

In the meantime, I’m working away on my Tour de Fleece spinning. I’m not managing vast quantities of spinning time, since I just started a new job this week, but I’m getting back into the practice of spinning daily, instead of most days. I’ll be doing a weekly round-up here rather than daily posts, but I’m trying to post daily on Instagram.


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