A Decade of Tour de Fleece

In 2006, spinner and knitwear designer Star Athena inspired us with a new challenge: Tour de Fleece. For a decade, flocks of spinners around the globe have looked forward to the famed cycling event, the Tour de France, with new interest. The idea is that handspinners can set their own courses and make time for spinning each day the Tour runs. We spin along in spirit with the cyclists, including rest days and challenge days throughout the event. As the Tour de Fleece guidelines say each year, “The concept is simple: challenge yourself, spin, have fun.”

This year’s Tour de Fleece will be July 2‒24, 2016. So it’s time to start stretching those spinning fingers and making plans. Spinners can choose their own projects, techniques, or tasks to focus on during the event. For some spinners, simply making time to spin each day is a challenge in itself. You can join a team, multiple teams, or simply spin on your own. A wide range of teams is forming, focusing on everything from spindles to DIY fiber prep to specific guilds and study groups. Most of these friendly folks have team threads on the Tour de Fleece Ravelry group. (You must have a Ravelry account to follow these links. If you are not yet a Raveler, join us!) Here are a few teams to check out:


Under 18? Check out this new Tour de Fleece team! Photo: Kate Larson

Under 18? Check out this new Tour de Fleece team! Photo: Kate Larson

Team Maillot Blanc
This is a new team that has been created for younger “riders,” though Tour de Fleece has long been a fun event for spinners under eighteen years of age. The group Ravelry thread is moderated with its G-rated members in mind.

 

 

 

 

 


Chain-plied gradient. Photo: Kate Larson.

Chain-plied gradient. Photo: Kate Larson.

Team Gorgeous Gradients 2016
Are you obsessed with gradient yarns and spinning fibers? Interested in learning more about how to make them? The Gorgeous Gradients Ravelry Group is over 8,000 members strong and bursting with projects using gradient yarns.

 

 

 

 

 


Golding Ring Spindle. Photo: Kate Larson.

Golding Ring Spindle. Photo: Kate Larson.

Team Drop Spindle Addicts
General tool teams are great fun! Spindlers love to chat about their favorite new spindles and discuss the types of fibers and yarns that make them sing. However, I will offer this warning—spending time with passionate spindlers discussing their treasures often leads to a series of new spindle purchases. They are addictive, indeed!

 

For further details, visit the Tour de Fleece Ravelry group.

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