Over the past month, I’ve been spinning along with the #spindlers Ravelry group during the Tour de Fleece (July 4 to July 26). The Tour de Fleece is a nod to the bicyclists in the Tour de France. As they spun their bicycle wheels, fiber spinners around the world spun their wheels, or spindles.
It was my first time participating in the Tour de Fleece. Seeing the daily postings on the #spindlers Ravelry group gave me motivation to spin every day, and I feel very accomplished for the variety of fibers I spun, and the amount. The fibers were mostly the ones I collected during the Washington County Fiber Tour, but I also spun fibers I’ve had for a while. In total I spun 729 yards, that’s almost half a mile! The happiest part of this was being able to spin with fibers from the Northern California Fibershed for an upcoming book for the fashion industry. My hand-spinning could contribute to a larger cause.
Special thanks to my drop spindles, farmers, fiber animals, David, and Nidia for their support in my spinning endeavors. I’m happy I was able to grow as a hand-spinner and engage with the Ravelry fiber community.