Saturday Morning Spinning and more Tour de Fleece progress

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! Can you believe we are more than halfway through the month of July already? It sure doesn’t feel like it to me. Is it because we haven’t had the long, hot, dry stretch of weather that we usually get by now? We have sure had some hot weather, but in short stretches, and followed by some comfortably cooler days and nights. We have also had a decent amount of rain so far. My front lawn is usually brown and crunchy by mid-July, but this summer it’s still nice and green, and actually needs to be mowed again. All in all, I would say we have had a good summer so far just based on how much use the pool is getting. A good summer makes all the work involved with owning a pool worthwhile.

I don’t have much this week. Just an update on my progress for the Tour de Fleece, and that’s because I haven’t done much in the past week except spin. With the tour ending next Sunday, it is unlikely that I am going to finish all the fiber I pulled from my stash to spin. I am okay with that though. My goal was to spin every day that the riders in the Tour de France ride, and so far I’ve done that. In my “training” in the couple of weeks leading up to the Tour de Fleece, I carved out a bit of time in my weekday routine for spinning. It’s only about 20 to 30 minutes in the morning before work, but an extra 20 to 30 minutes every day at the same time really helps out. I have been able to fit in at about 20 to 30 minutes of spinning each day after work, and now that the deadline knitting is done, I’ve been getting in about an hour or so after dinner too.

All of that really does add up, and in two weeks that the Tour has been going have spun a little less than a pound of fiber (8 ounces of Wednsleydale, 2 ounces of Falkland, 2 ounces of mixed BFL, and a little over an ounce of Polwarth). I should be able to finish all 8 ounces of the Polwarth before next Sunday, but the fiber I am likely not going to even get to is the 2 ounces of Merino/silk that I wanted to spin on my Lendrum, and the Tibetan yak that I wanted to practice on my Russian spindle with. I may not finish the last 2 ounces of the mixed BFL on my drop spindle either. I’m going to give it my best shot though. I have been bringing the project with me to work every day, but I have not had much of an opportunity to work on it during my lunch breaks. Maybe that will change this week.

So, considering I am already behind in my spinning, I am going to get to it. The Polwarth is absolutely luscious stuff and I am really enjoying it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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