You set your own goal for the Tour based on what is a challenge to you. As I've only been spinning since last October I figured a good goal would be to spin, on my spindle every day for 15 mins. But then I asked myself what I'd really want to achieve from spending the best part of a month spinning. I had two answers:
- Enough yarn for a jumper.
- To get a whole lot of the alpaca to a state where I can knit it.
I don't think I could manage the first one on a spindle with less then one years experience but I can make a dent in the second.
The alpaca I have comes from Chieftain and Captain Kid. Two animals I spent a great deal of last year feeding. I love those little babies and I miss them an awful lot (though they seem to remember me, if I visit they come over to say hi) but I do have four bags of their fluff to remember them by. All I've managed to do so far is run a few dying experiments and spin enough for a hat.
|It's not that I'm shocked that their hair is neater than mine... just disappointed|
Which is cute and all but every fibre of it that remains unspun is waisted potential. And it;s time to put a stop to that. So my Tour de Fleece goal is to card and spin between one and three rolags of the Alpaca each day.
|My tour fibre: washed (Captain Kid if you where wondering)|
Between one to three gives me the ability to stop at one if I'm just feeling blah but I'm hoping I can do three most days. That works out at 350g of fibre which I picked out, washed and dyed and gorgeous red. I applied the dye unevenly to give variation in the finished fibre.
|A bit more me|
So the tour starts tomorrow and finishes on the 21st July. Hopefully I'll be able to give periodic updates. Best of luck to anyone else riding this year.