Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Le Tour de Fleece

Summer is flying by. It's already time for the Tour de Fleece. Are you ready?

I've decided that my challenge this year is to actually spin every day the Tour de France rides, only taking the two designated rest days off (July 12th and July 21st) and spinning something difficult on July 22nd for the toughest mountain stage. This is following the main Tour de Fleece group on Ravelry.

I'm not super Raverly savvy, but I decided to start a Wild Card group for anyone who'd like to join in. We are Team My Favorite Sheep.

This TDF group is open to anyone who has a favorite sheep, wishes they had a favorite sheep or didn’t even know you could have a favorite sheep. While we’d prefer your Tour de Fleece challenge is spinning wool, we’ll still let you join in if your challenge involves spinning other fibers…but might make you sing a silly sheep song to prove you are worthy of ‘sociating with Miss Ewenice and her Punkin’s Patch friends at Equinox Farm ;-).

Your challenge should be a true personal challenge of any level and anyone completing their challenge will be entered in a drawing for a special needle felted Miss Ewenice sheep at the end of the tour.

Enjoy the ride!

If you'd like to sign up through Ravelry, you'll need to join...if you haven't already. It's fun and an amazing online community. Search the groups for "Tour de Fleece", then look for "Wild Card Teams" in the "fresh discussion threads". After you click on Wild Card Teams there, look for the blue box that says "wildcardteams" on the next page and click that.

Near the bottom of the list you'll find "Team My Favorite Sheep". Click there. You can actually join as many groups as you'd like and there are some funny sounding ones on there. When you get to the "discussion board" of Team My Favorite Sheep, click "reply" to the first discussion thread and let us know what you will be working on.

If you'd like to join in, but don't want to get sucked into started with Ravelry, you can just drop me an email or leave a comment here stating what your challenge is going to be, keep us all posted as you go if you'd like (I'll try to figure out how to maintain a linked list) and I'll enter you in the Miss Ewenice drawing at the end.

By spinning every day (why on earth am I not already doing that?!?) I should be able to easily complete the Jester colors - white, medium gray and dark gray - and have time to reward myself with my neighbor's Clun Forest roving.

Feel free to copy this "button" for your blog. I know there are ways to actually create a button that automatically links, but I'm not quite that tech-y, so you'll have to just do your best and if someone wants to "fix" it, that would be great.

Let me know if I'm not making any sense or if you have any questions. Please feel free to join in and have some crazy sheep fun! This will be my third Tour de Fleece and I've thoroughly enjoyed every year and feel like it's really improved my spinning.


Deb W said...

I don't know if I'm ready to commit to spin every day at this time of year.....but could I come live on your Wool House porch? That photo looks mighty close to heaven!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Your challenge does not have to include spinning every day. It could be to spin a certain amount of something or to learn to use a drop spindle or anything. I just picked spinning every day because I figured I needed a kick in the pants. You can do it!

Lori Skoog said...

I am going to post the button and will look into this. No sheep in site around here! I will get my experience through you!

Alice said...

What a pretty composition in your photos! True Americana! Made me smile inside! thanks ;-D

ps. all you need is some apple pie!

Denise said...

I love your photo of Ms Ewenice all decked out. It makes me want to join your team. I may not participate but if I do I will join your team. I'm having a heart break of a summer with an epidemic in my rabbitry. I barely get through the day tending those in the infirmary. No blogging since Memorial when things starting going down hill. I think this is the end of my rabbit ranching career.

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to join - I need a kick in the pants too :) I have commented on the TDF thread on Ravelry. Thanks for starting this group!

Jody said...

Those are gorgeous looking balls of wool. I luv your wheel...what make is it?

thecrazysheeplady said...

It's a Jensen - the smaller of his two production wheels. I end up not using it as much as my others as it's not as easy to move around - and why I don't spin more at home IN THE WOOL HOUSE I just don't know - but it's a wonderful wheel. A true keepsake.

Alice said...

J 'a adore Boudreaux pour Le tour de Fleece avec moi.


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