Tour de Fleece 2020

Well it is that time of year again! Despite the real Tour de France being postponed/cancelled due to Covid-19, the spin along held via Ravelry is going ahead.

This year I am the team captain of a small group of ladies from the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (#TeamHighlandGuild2020). This is the first year we are joining in one of these online events, so we shall see how that goes. BritSpin may gain more interest as it is over a much shorter period and has a more competitive and fun element to it.

I’m also taking part as a member of TeamCKT2020, which is Laura’s team from the Corner of Knit and Tea YouTube channel. This will be my 3rd year in her team :). You can join multiple teams (depending on those team’s rules).

I like Tour de Fleece, it is a good opportunity to establish a routine of spinning as it runs from today, 27th June to 19th July, with a couple of scheduled rest days. You can spin as much or as little as you like. I’m going to do at least 15 minutes a day, but given there’s a LOT of football on at the moment I suspect I’ll be doing a couple of hours some evenings and a bit during the days as well.

During last year’s Tour de Fleece, I started the Coastal Colours baby camel and tussah silk top – but didn’t finish it and although I’ve done a few bits more throughout the year, it still isn’t finished! So that is one of of the priorities to finish.

Also I have the woollen spinning of the John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre, that I prepped into rolags and have spun a lot already, but still a lot more to finish.

Finally, for the two challenge days I am thinking of spinning some of the Samoyed dog hair I prepped a long time ago and haven’t yet started spinning for my neighbour.

I only have a total of 4 bobbins, so I will need to be careful how I manage what is on them.

*The Tour de Fleece picture is taken from Ravelry, but I don’t see a name to credit, but I don’t have the copyright, but believe we are allowed to use to blog about it.


  1. Apart from the dog hair, you have some lovely bits of roving there. I am still trying to get to grips with spinning, however felting has been a priority. With regard to the dog hair, it doesn’t matter how clean it is, when it gets wet, it still smells like dog! šŸ™‚

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    • My neighbours want to make a cushion back for it and the front will be a picture of their parents dog the fibre is from. I used dog shampoo and then dairy liquid and doesn’t smell too bad. The baby camel and silk i love so much smells worse when wet than dog, but it’s worth it. But if I was out walking and got wet wearing it people would definitely wonder about the smell lol

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      • Haha! I didn’t think about the camel! They are pretty stinky creatures even though their hair is soft! šŸ™‚

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    • I don’t normally watch the cycling. I was listening to Dax’s podcast today and it was the best episode yet, Jeffrey Sachs, so the time flew by and I got a good amount spun in one sitting. I don’t want to over do it on day 1.

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