TDF 2016: Week 1 Recap

As of today we are a week into the Tour de France and my favorite Tour de Fleece.  I’ve more or less been keeping up with watching the stages, and I’ve definitely been keeping up with my spinning this week.

The tour kicked off on July 2, and I was excited for a full day of spinning at home. I managed to spin more than 2 ounces of my first braid, a delightful Hello Yarn Rambouillet in Shy Creature.

Day 2 of the tour, July 3, was more Shy Creature as well as some cream Shetland for my Hap Shawl.

Day 3 was the July 4th holiday, but I still managed to take in the stage and get my first two spins plied. That means 6oz spun in the first three days!

After a bath, the Shy Creature came out to 435 yards of squishy, poofy yarn. This one is available in my shop!

After its bath, the cream Shetland came out to 177 yards.

With those spins finished, on day 4 I turned to Wooly Wonka Fibers Superwash Merino in the colorway Bazinga!

Wednesday, July 6 was a “rest day” for me as I went to knit night and didn’t get to sit at my wheel. I normally follow this pattern during the TDF and I’ll spin the official tour rest days to make up for it. Instead I worked on a baby blanket for my new nephew.

Thursday, July 7, I caught up on stage 5 of the tour, and finished the Bazinga! along with sampling 2 oz of fiber from Fat Cat Knits. The fiber is a Corriedale cross in the Smoke Colorway. I’m auditioning a few colors for the main body of my hap shawl and I think Smoke might be the winner.

Friday, July 8 I was able to ply the next two spins, the Bazinga! and the Smoke.

Overall, I’m pleased with my first week of spinning since I was able to spin more than 12 oz of fiber and get a good start on my TDF projects.

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