The Tour is just around the corner!

Four weeks from tomorrow, the peloton will begin their winding journey across the Northern European countryside, beginning in Utrecht, winding through Belgium and then on to La Belle France. I'm getting ready to decide what I'm going to work on for the Tour de Fleece this weekend, and pulling out bags and bundles of fiber is very inspirational!

First on my list of things-to-spin are the limited edition 2015 Tour de Fleece colorways that I've developed for this year. In spending so much time with these colors over the past month or so, I've come to realise that they don't really play very well with each other, so my plans for a great, big, whopping combination spin of all the colors won't really work very well (maybe for next year).

I've also been working slowly on a Garter Squish blanket in handspun, so I'll be spinning up some more singles yarn for that, I'm sure. And I've just gotten the most recent installement of the Hello Yarn Fiber Club in the post, so I'm going to turn that into some yarn for a baby sweater (superwash soft stuff FTW!).

If you'd like to join in the fun this Tour de Fleece, please head over to the Ravelry group and post in the Team Porpoise Fur TdF thread - we'd love to have you join us, and you can set whatever challenge you'd like!

In the meantime, I've put a new-to-me fiber on the wheel to try it out: 60% merino/40% flax, from Spunky Eclectic. This fiber is super interesting to spin! Crunchy and soft all at the same time...the singles feel a bit like kitchen string at the moment, but I have it on good authority that the final yarn softens alot in the washing process. This is slated for some kind of lacy summer shawl somewhere down the line, although at the rate I'm going, I may be knitting it in December!

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