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! 

It's Craftalong time!

It's Craftmas in July and Tour de Fleece time and I am so eager to jump in!

I'll be participating in both craftalongs this month, and vlogging my progress along the way. (This will be my first vlog-style YouTube video too and I am excited to try something new with my videos as well!)

Tour de Fleece is a giant spinning craftalong that takes place concurrently with the Tour de France each year. That means it starts today! I am excited to be participating with Team Spindlers, with the simple goal of spinning every day during the tour. I'm starting with fiber I began spinning for a previous Tour de Fleece (...ahem) and will focus on finishing that handspun project. 

Craftmas in July is a smaller craftalong that I started with Sarah and Christina two years ago. We wanted to make Christmas projects for our homes well outside of the holiday season. We post our progress using the #craftmasinjuly hashtag and welcome anyone who wants to make things for any holiday (with any sort of crafting) to join us! This year I'll be using the star ornament kit given to me by my friend (and super talented designer) Laura Nelkin at the summer TNNA trade show last month. I've never knit with beads before but I'm confident that Laura's instructions will guide me through. I can't wait to see these beautiful ornaments decorating my tree this winter!

With both of these craftalongs I'm keeping my goals simple, as you can see, and mostly looking to enjoy the process and the fun of participation and cheering along with the progress of other crafters. Last year, I was super motivated for Craftmas in July but lost my beloved grandfather on July 1, and it was a while before any I had the motivation for any sort of crafting at all. This year, I'm looking forward into dedicating myself to some quality making time again. 

Are you participating in Tour de Fleece or Craftmas in July? I am excited to see all the holiday crafts and beautiful handspun made this month!