I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Tour de France, the 22-day long bicycle race across France starting on July 2nd … but how many of you have heard of the Tour de Fleece? I’m sure if you’re familiar with Ravelry you’ve heard of it!
Many handspinners around the world spin yarn while the cyclist are racing. That’s right … 20 days of spinning at least a little each day with 2 rest days. For some, it’s simple. Others have it a little more challenging, especially those who have 2 young children, animals to feed and a growing garden.
I did manage to spin every day that the cyclists rode. To kick off the Tour I even made a special dinner on July 2nd… One of our homegrown turkeys, rubbed with a mixture of olive oil and herbs de provence (brought home from Paris by my aunt!) rotisseried on the grill.
I also watched a lot of the race and really became interested in it. Noah loved watching it with me in the mornings, and Dave and I watched some of it at night, too. We all gasped when Johnny Hoogerland crashed and cheered for him when he continued racing.
Some days I only managed to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes but most days I spun for 30 minutes or more. A few days I spun on my drop spindle because I didn’t have time to sit down at my wheel. We also left for camping a couple of days before the Tour was over so I packed my drop spindle to take with us… it takes up far less room than my wheel! I posted photos of my daily progress to my Flickr account, but here’s a collage of my work: