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As Peggy Stuart mentioned in her blog today, many of us have signed up for the Tour de Fleece (TdF) over on Ravelry, and are making steady progress toward our spinning goals. The rules are pretty simple, join the group and spin from July 3 - July 25, with two days of rest.

Most of us started on July 3... I planned to start early, but things around here got in the way, and it was nearly noon before I actually began my journey for the day. I obviously bit off way more than I could chew, but at the end of the day, I had this to show for my efforts.

The yarn I'm spinning is the llama/mohair my DD gave me for Mother's Day, that I dyed using Jacquard Acid Dyes in Gold Ochre and Yellow Sun. Once completed, I plan to overdye half of each skein in a dark red and knit it into a vest for myself. So far for the TdF, I have spun up 353 yards of yarn. Together with what I did earlier, that is a total of over 700 yards of spinning. I am over half finished with this spin, so it should be finished sometime next week.

This is what is looked like before I started.

This is my latest skein, completed late last night.

After my experience on Saturday, I decided that doing that much spinning in one day was not a good idea. So now I'm spinning one 1 oz. single a day, and on the second day, I'm plying.

I've been busy knitting, too. This is the knitted/fulled tote that I'm making for my DSIL for her birthday in August. I'm ready to do my i-cord BO, and I'll be ready to throw it into the washer.

I also caught the lace bug... as many have recently. Kelley Petkun mentioned the Gail (aka Nightsong) shawl that is free over on Ravelry, and I just had to knit it. I'm using Gloss Lace in Fiesta, but ran out yesterday, so I'm having to finish the edging using some gray Alpaca Cloud that I had in my stash. I am half way finished with the edging - 10 more rows and a BO and I'm ready to wash and block.

I'm also using beads for the first time on the edging only. Here are a couple of pics of the edging... some beads are round (red and gold), while others are tubular (gold only).

We had some really nice weather last week... mild days, cool nights, lots of sunshine, then on July 4th all that changed. Most of our days this week topped out at 100º - very humid, muggy and awful. So it's been easier for me to stay indoors and knit or spin. Today is finally cooling off a bit, but it's also raining.

About the title. I looked up the definition of the word fool... A person who lacks good sense or judgement, as in "Only a fool would attempt to climb that mountain unprepared." Spinning every day for three weeks may be something that we are all unprepared to do.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer! Happy Knitting, and Happy Spinning. Good luck to the KP ladies participating in the TdF. Go Team KP!

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Tags: Gail, Gloss, TdF, alpaca, cloud, lace, llama, mohair

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 9, 2010 at 6:23pm
I love it when there are variations!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on July 9, 2010 at 6:21pm
I'm doing my daily 1 oz of spinning... got a late start, but I think I can finish before midnight.
Sp glad you like my yarn... this next batch has some very dark gold/orange in it. Looks like I put red dye in the bath - NOT!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 9, 2010 at 6:09pm
Susan, your yarn keeps getting better! Still love the color, too! I'm very happy to see your lifelines in your Gail. It's a good reminder, and I like the gray with the red! Very pretty! I'm plying my orange singles now! Or as soon as I get done checking posts, LOL!

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