Tour de Fleece - one week down!

I'm so, so glad I elected to participate in this year's Tour de Fleece challenge! Today is a "rest day" (just like on the official Tour de France) so I am taking today's spinning time to update my progress here. 

I joined in with Team Spindlers, which grew from the Spindlers group on Ravelry. The only downside of participating with this group is: I want to buy so many more spindles now. They're all just so beautiful! Cheering all the other spinners is so fun, and I'm really inspired to learn to chain-ply on my spindles next - after I finish the current fiber I'm working with I am going to muddle my way through some chain-plying tutorials. I've joked before that I'm a one-trick pony with my spinning but it's ok because I like my trick... but I'd really like to add chain-plying to my skill-set.

The fiber, a beautiful polwarth jointly dyed by Hello Yarn and Southern Cross Fibres, is just dreamy. I'm just about to start spinning my final 2 oz of it! After that I'll ply it up and then figure out what I want to make with it. A Rhinebeck cowl or shawl, maybe? Can't wait to swatch and see what it wants to be! 

Summer Essentials!

My latest YouTube video is all about the products that have become my must-haves this summer. Sunscreen, skincare, hair, makeup... in the summer I really opt for ease in all of these areas (except sunscreen - hello, gotta be SUPER diligent about that!) and so far this year I've found some new favorites that I wanted to share! 

I am pretty picky about my summer skincare, hair, and beauty routines - I want easy, glowy, pretty, and long-lasting even on the hot, hot days we get here in New Mexico. You can watch the video for details about the products, but the names and links for everything I mention can be found below!

A quick note - in the video, I also mention that my YouTube channel just hit a big milestone: 1,000 subscribers! This is so exciting to me - I have really been enjoying learning about making and editing videos and connecting with the great community on YouTube, and it's been a happy surprise that people have been commenting on and liking my videos and especially subscribing to see more. Thank you so much - I'm having a blast. I have a lot to learn when it comes to my channel and I am so motivated to keep at it! 

Ok - products below! (These are affiliate links - if you choose to use them, thanks!)

What am I missing? Do you have a new summer fave that you're loving right now? Let me know in the comments here or on YouTube!