Tour de Fleece

Posted by Dutch Wool Diva

Tour de Fleece 2011Last Saturday the Tour de Fleece (on Ravelry) started again. Inspired by the Tour de France, every year thousands of people across the globe get behind the spinning wheel or get out their spindle and make yards and yards of yarn.  The concept is simple, they spin, we spin. A real spinning themed spin-along. All you have to do is spin a little every day (even if it’s just a yard) except on the rest days Monday July 11th & Monday July 18st, just like the actual tour (but you can spin if you want).

Last year I participated in the Tour de Fleece for the first time. So I got on Ravelry and asked around in the Dutch Spinners group if there were more people joining in the fun. I got so many response that we ended up forming our own team that year. Team Maillot Orange!

We had loads of fun and made beautiful yarn together. It was so great to know that, even though we were miles apart, we all shared the same passion and that there was somebody else out there just as crazy about making yarn as you. Every yarn spun, wool prepped and threads plyed was photographed and documented and shared on Ravelry. We really had a ball!

This year Team Maillot Orange has entered the Tour again and, to my surprise, has grown into a whopping Peloton of  55 spinners! Young and old (but young at heart), women and men (yes!). WOW!

A little impression what came off my wheel (and spindle) the last few days. It’s not much (yet) but I also am preparing for a farmers market on Saturday which keeps me quite busy, but hey, every yard counts! Maybe, just maybe I’ll end up with enough Shetland yarn at the end of the tour to make a nice cardi for myself. A girl can dream right? ;-)

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In the last pic you’ll see the project I’m working on at this moment. Fun spindles for kids! You can’t teach ‘m young enough :lol:


Are they cute or what? And not just for kids….

I shared these pics on twitter and Ravelry and lo an behold there were several emails in my inbox from spinners wanting to buy one! I mean, we are talking about ADULTS here! But you know what? I get it…. I can’t wait to have more time to make one just for ME! :mrgreen: But we grown ups will have to wait because these will go with me to the farmers market (Streekmarkt De Liemers). Let’s see if I can make a few kids happy and spinning!

Next week summer holiday starts (6 glorious weeks) and I’ll be making loads more. These unique and handpainted (by me!) spindles will be available through the shop for € 12,50 (excl. delivery). It will make a great gift for your (grand)kids/nieces/nephews/neighbour-kid….or buy one just for you :-)

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