You'd think I have enough to keep me busy. However, on Monday I decided on a whim to join the "Tour de Fleece" on Ravelry. It's an annual spinning challenge that runs at the same time as the annual Tour de France bicycle race in Europe (you know: "They spin; we spin." That sort of thing.) The idea is to challenge yourself to spin every day of the Tour, and accomplish some sort of spinning goal, taking off the same 2 days to rest as the 'cyclers do. It's been going on for some years, but I've never thought about it before. Then I read the Yarn Harlot's Monday post...and something in me said, "I could do that".
Custom Woollen Mills...who knows how long ago? No matter; it's the perfect sort of thing for a newbie spinner like myself to practice on. When I first began to spin off the batt, I asked some spinning friends what they thought it might be; all agreed it 'could' be Shetland...but no one could say for certain. From that time forward, though, I've referred to it as my 'Suspected Shetland'.
I started on July 2 with an empty spool, and by the end of the day, had this:
By yesterday, I'd filled that spindle, and another; from these I got two spindles of 2-ply yarn, like this:
The quality of my spinning started out quite poorly, as it had been several months since I'd done anything on my wheel. Nonetheless, this yarn will be purely for my own use, and once it was 'fulled' in its bath, each skein actually looked quite decent.
Ideally this, my first 'Tour de Fleece', will see me finishing that batt, and having a substantial amount of yarn to show for it. However, my real reason for wanting to participate is to build the habit of spinning daily as far as possible, and to improve my (largely-self-taught) skill at the wheel. One can only hope!