Today is the day! It's the first day of the Tour de France bicycle race and therefore, it's the first day of the Tour de Fleece. We copy the format of the bicycle race for our spinning amusement. It's a fun way to follow the bicycle race and keep our spinning techniques up to snuff.
Here are the rules:
Spin everyday - or as much as you want.
On the really hard days of the race, like when they are climbing mountains, try spinning something you aren't very good at or haven't tried yet. How about core spinning or boucle? Or spin super fine or extra chunky if you don't generally. - Total of 7 days: July 11, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27
On the slightly hilly days of the race, try spinning more or faster. - Total of 5 days: July 8, 10, 13, 14, 24.
On the easy days where the ground is flat, take it easy with your spinning. - Total of 7 days: July 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 23, 28.
Rest on the rest days of the race or just keep spinning if you don't need to rest. - Total of 2 days: July 16, 22.
My personal rules for spinning the Tour de Fleece are much more straightforward and simple. I spin as much as I want for all 22 days. I have some new art batts that will be fun to spin. While we were at the Houston Fiber Fest, I looked pretty carefully at the wonderful art yarn created by miss Feisty Fenn - Diana North. Diana has a wonderful color sense and manages to put together fun yarn and ribbons, cording, beads and other fun items to make superb yarn. I'm going to try to up my game in the art yarn department. I bought several of Diana's art batts so will be happily spinning those as well as batts from The Batt Ladies - our friends Sally of Yorkie Slave Artworks and Mary of Butterfly Girl Designs.
So, get those spinning wheels tuned up and get spinning! Or pull out your drop spindle and take it with you to spin in public - in line at the bank, waiting in doctor's office or at the grocery store. All are great places to be spinning!