Yes, it’s that time of year again when wheels are spinning all over the world in sync with the classic bike race, the Tour de France.
Here’s an explanation, from the Interweave Press blog entry, June 15, 2016:
“In 2006, spinner and knitwear designer Star Athena inspired us with a new challenge: Tour de Fleece. For a decade, flocks of spinners around the globe have looked forward to the famed cycling event, the Tour de France, with new interest. The idea is that handspinners can set their own courses and make time for spinning each day the Tour runs. We spin along in spirit with the cyclists, including rest days and challenge days throughout the event. As the Tour de Fleece guidelines say each year, “The concept is simple: challenge yourself, spin, have fun.” “
The Tour, from July 1 – 23 this year, is a great way to focus on your spinning practice, even if it is just to challenge yourself to spin for a few minutes each day.
You can join a group (or several) on Ravelry to share the fun. Team Canada on Ravelry host a Tour de Fleece group every year that is friendly and fairly low key. It’s inspiring to see what participants accomplish. Often there are prizes donated by generous members of the group to add to the incentive to reach your goals.
And of course, if you are spinning so much this summer you will have some lovely skeins to enter in our Handspun Skein Competition! There is a category for almost any kind of yarn you create. We would love to add your work to the display of skeins at the Festival in September.