Le Tour, c’est ici

Probably not correct grammatically, but you get my drift, I’m sure: the 100th Tour De France starts tonight Aus time,and with it the annual Tour De Fleece also begins.

As I’ve done for the last several years, I will be joining thousands of spinners world wide, in what is effectively a giant spinalong.

Allow me to elucidate.

For every day that Le Tour rides, I and other members of my team [ Team TARDIS on Ravelry ] will endeavour to get in at least 10 minutes, but hopefully much more, of hand spinning. As we watch those bicycle wheels being propelled all over the picturesque French countrycide, WE will be propelling our wheels … well … nowhere actually. They’ll mostly be staying wherever they currently are.

As I’ll be down in Melbourne tonight for a dance event and won’t be getting back until around 3am, I have done my prep work this morning.

First I removed the white cashmere/mohair that I’ve been working on sporadically since the Goat Show back in April.

Then I fished out the braid of Bendi Bingo colourway from Ewe Give Me The Knits, and the bobbin that was one of the two projects I started during last year’s Tour.


I’ve decided that there’s enough yardage on the existing bobbin, so I’m starting a new one for this year’s Tour with the probably vain hope of spinning enough to match the existing bobbin for what will eventually be a 2 ply yarn.

So I started the new bobbin

and spent more time repairing breaks and losing what I’d just spun, than actually moving forward. You see, if the yarn gets too fine / hasn’t enough twist to hold together, you don’t just lose the bit currently in your hand but also what is attempting to wind itself onto the bobbin. And it doesn’t just happen once.


Compare it to those first wobbles when you get back on the bike after a hiatus.

Even though I was spinning the cashmere only four days ago, this fibre handles differently and I needed to get my hand in


minimal forward progress


but at least I’m in the race




It can’t be the second half of the year already

The annual insanity that is July is here.

The Tour deFrance started at 10pm last night [ our time ] and with it the annual Ravelry TDF Knitalong, as well as the Tour de Fleece*, so I will be trying to spin something every day that Le Tour rides, as well as knitting myself a jacket that I cast on at the start of the Prologue last night:

If I manage to get that done, I can wear it to the OZ Wool & Sheep Show in Spendigo  later in the month.

… oh, and we moved Nadie & The Boy back to Melbourne this week

… and #1 son and DDIL’s new bub is due in less than 2 weeks so there was a not-quite-last-minute blankie to be crocheted

… and I have to finalise preparations for the Sashiko class I’m teaching at the Embroiderer’s Guild this coming weekend

I know I’ve been remiss lately but that’s the blogiverse trap, y’know. The more that you have to write about, the less time you have to write about it.

I mean, there was … oh, and … and then there was … and Nadie and I have been …

buggerit … I’m never going to catch up, so I’ll just try to do better going forward. Okay ?

* last night’s spinning was a fairly token 10 minutes because, after several days of boxes / packing / loading /unloading, the treadling knee wasn’t too keen on the idea. I’ve had a stern talk to it so we’ll do better tonight … maybe.

and I didn’t even tell you about this morning’s¬† latest thrilling chapter in the ongoing saga of the Great Goat Escape[s] 2012