And they're off! Tour de Fleece 2014
Are you spinning for Tour de Fleece? The handspinning world has been buzzing for weeks as spinners planned projects and stockpiled fibers for the weeklong event. TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon. The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride. The event has grown each year with thousands of spinners taking part. The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has over seven thousand members, and dozens of spinning teams have formed. Those joining in the fun are in the last few days of their journey. Here are a few of the excellent teams headed toward the finish line:
|Team mascot Pip performing the ever-important fiber taste test. Photo courtesy of Nefario.|
Created by members of the My Knitting Has Cat Hair In It Ravelry group, these spinners are aided during TDF by furry cheerleaders. The team has a list of kitty mascots, such as Pip, that have been encouraging their spinners to press onward this week. See the kitties offering help with fiber prep on the Team Catitude Ravelry thread.
|Little Isabella is urging her team onward. Who could resist this face? Photo courtesy of Katharine Barber.|
Team Barber Black Sheep
Team captain and group moderator, Katharine Barber (Barberblacksheep) raises Gotland and Gotland-cross sheep in Wales. Team Barber Black Sheep is made up of mostly UK spinners, some of whom are spinning Katharine's fibers. She sells dyed tops and gorgeous Gotland locks from her flock. See the spinners in action on Ravelry.
|Mia the Jacob is leading her team to the finish line. Courtesy of Sara Dunham.|
Team My Favorite Sheep
Sara Dunham (otherwise known as thecrazysheeplady on Ravelry) is the moderator of Punkin's Patch, a group for "anyone who has a favorite sheep, wishes they had a favorite sheep, or didn't even know you could have a favorite sheep." This year's mascot is Mia, a lilac Jacob. Sara has been hosting a TDF team since 2011, so a number of her sheep have been given the honor of mascot. Mia is thrilled to be Miss 2014. Sara describes the group as a " small, but fun and super encouraging teaching team/group with members from all over who are shepherds, artists, educators." See their progress on Ravelry.
I would love to see what you are making, too! If you would like to share your Tour de Fleece project on Spinner's Connection, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.