So I am totally failing at the Tour de Fleece. Never mind all those lofty goals I set, I am finding it challenging to spin every day, I didn’t spin at all on Monday or Tuesday. Never mind that I fell into bed at 9pm both nights, but I could not even bring myself to look at my wheel.
The reason I was so exhausted was that I helped out at the Angry Seagull 24-hour adventure race that happened in my town. I was responsible for CheckPoint 7, which means I got a text at 2:30am on Sunday to get out to a spot about 5km south of town and sit there till noon waiting on teams.
My 2oz Golding Spindle with a Tussah Silk Sample from Gale's Art
I did get some spinning done, imagine the strange looks you get when you are sitting in the back of your car, looking like you woke up at 2:30 and have a spindle going.
I managed to spin and ply a small sample of tussah silk that I got from Gale at Gale’s Art back in the fall.
The three finished bobbins of Bohoknitterchic Merino/Silk that I have been working on for a week now.
Since Wednesday I have perked up on my spinning, first because a box of goodies I ordered from Gale’s Art back during the Postal Strike finally arrived and yesterday the Sliding Hook Flyer and Lazy Kate I ordered arrived. I bribed myself that I can’t start anything with the new flyer until I finish up the singles of the Bohoknitterchic Merino/Silk that I have been working on for a week now. So Thursday night I managed to get halfway through the second (of three) bobbins of singles. I will use the new flyer to ply because the bobbins are so wonderfully large.
Between my 8 new large bobbins and the 4 old smaller bobbins, I now have the ability to get into lots of trouble.
The TdF is really poorly timed for me, as someone who works in recreational trail management, I spend most days in the summer either outside doing trail maintenance or figuring out what sort of work needs to be done next. Also, it is currently the nicest and busiest time of the year in Parry Sound, with all sorts of activities from classical music festivals to dragon boat races.
However, I move on to week three of the Tour and it is time to see whether I will crash and burn any worse than the riders this year.