Friday, June 29, 2012


The Tour de Fleece starts tomorrow!

Petunia's very excited to be hosting this year, but at the same time misses Miss Ewenice. We all do. I sure wish Miss Ewenice could have seen Blossom sleeping on that silly cot. She'd have just pursed her lips and shaken her head :-).

I'm still a bit undecided about what I'm spinning for the Tour this year. That surprises me as usually I've got everything lined out weeks ahead. It's like showing up for the final exam without having opened the book or signing up to ride in a bike race and not done any training.

I did set out my wheel oil this afternoon - always a good idea. I do know that once again every wheel will get some mileage.

As well as my Golding spindles.

The wash room at the Wool House has been hopping.

Keebler's on the table and that's Hairy McLairy overflowing the first basket and Ford and a Border Leicester fleece on the end.

Here's a closer look at Keebs. So pretty.


Jester. Still so black at his advanced age. Definitely a sheep with great character.

Here's where it gets crazy. As I was loading pictures for this post I noticed it was getting really windy outside. Having just watched the evening news I knew we didn't have any rain for miles around. Straight line winds. Just what we needed :-/.

Several trees came down, one taking out a section of perimeter fence. The amount of dust blown into my hair and eyes will probably never wash clean. Jester's fleece was tossed in the wind, much of it landing in the landscaping mulch.

If it were anyone but Jester, I'd probably toss it out. It's a mess. Just shy of ruined. I guess first up for the Tour is picking it out and salvaging what I can. He's worth it.

As far as the rest...

Team My Favorite Sheep - I gotta spin some Ewenice.

Team Golding - I'll have that figured out by the start tomorrow.

Team Russian Underpants - more Elizabeth on the great wheel - amount to be decided by morning.

Team Footloose - some Border Leicester for a friend - amount to be decided by morning.

I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted. I am not joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted.

I'm probably joining Team Hopelessly Overcommitted.

Are you ready???


Lori Skoog said...

Have a great time!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Have a fun weekend, Love that you have your own wool house, Keebs fleece is so clean and shiny, love it, and I just peeked at the lists, hmmm think that is you name on the Team Hopelessly Overcommitted list.

Michelle said...


Michelle said...

I have about packed it in on TdF. I will probably manage to spin a bit of something every day on one of my Jenkins Turkish spindles, but beyond that it may be a wash. Too many colliding forces in my life right now, and I had to remind myself today that this does not HAVE to be one of them....

Gayle said...

I believe this is the 3rd tour I've watched you scramble for. I cannot believe that much time has gone by. Enjoy...looking forward to your posts.

kbdoolin said...

I'm here for the TdF. I set my alarm to get up early, working on coffee and e-mails now, then some spinning, then some housework and then its off to the races.

Nancy said...

I don't own sheep, can't spin or knit, but I LOVE your blog. Wonderful photos and commentary. I'm following you just because your blog is so darn interesting and fun. Made me smile. I have a cottage blog at Not as fascinating as yours, though. Blessings.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Best wishes and happy spinning!

Anonymous said...

Of all the photos in this post...what do I fixate on??? The rock foundation under the wool house. Just beautiful. I'm hopeless...

Kim said...

Joining the Tour this year as a rookie. Probably have to fight for time on the wheel with my 12 yr old boy. He just dyed alpaca with Koolaid and is carding it. We've always watched the tour (the whole thing!)so this should be fun! Hopefully I'll get some Jacob roving that I ordered tomorrow to start on. Is Jester a Jacob?

Terry said...

I'm looking at your sidebar. Is it really 102 degrees? OMG, I'd be on Team 911.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yeah, my name's on there ;-).

Michelle - you are exactly right!

Yes, Jester is a Jacob. Good luck fighting for that wheel ;-).

Yea, it really was 102 today. And humid. I'm still sweating and it's 9:30.

Benita said...

Too bad about Jester's fleece - it is lovely!

We had such strong straight-line winds that the extremely stressed corn in many fields around here got laid flat. With no rain for over a month, it was tasseling out at about 4' tall (or less) and then just to have them blown over by the wind - whole fields worth. It's so sad.

We did get a wee bit of rain, but nowhere near what we needed. I think we got .9" of rain for all of June and we usually get about 4". We are hoping for a better July.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Ready set ..go! You are an over achiever..lovely photos! Such beautiful wool, as I was reading I thought it must not be windy there.
Someday I will figure out my spinning wheel and see if it is operational..I think I might like spinning. Right now it is a dust catcher :(

Denise said...

I was sooooo sorry to read Ms Ewenice passed away.


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