What is Tour de Fleece? Well, as you might expect with the name, it happens in tandem with [but is not associated with] Tour de France. It’s a great way to challenge yourself as a spinner – you can either try to spin every day, or set a specific goal, or something else that happens during the TdF. It was started by Star Athena in 2006. It has grown into its own thing on Ravelry.

I’ve done it “officially” for two years; in 2011 and 2012.

This year, the Tour de Fleece starts Saturday June 29 and runs until Sunday July 21nd, 2013.

Guidelines (NOT RULES):

* Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday June 29th through Sunday July 21st. Days of rest: Monday July 8th and Monday July 15th. (Just like the actual tour.)

* Spin something challenging on the challenge day (usually the toughest high mountain stage: this year, it’s Stage 18, on Thursday, July 18th, when they climb Alpe d’Huez twice).

* Take a button if you want one. Then we can use the button on our blogs in show of solidarity.

* Wear yellow on Sunday July 21st to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour – but here we are all ‘race leaders’)

* Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter – think FAST), Polka-dot (climber – as in uphill), and white (rookie)

This year, I’m doing it without posting or registering in the official Ravelry Tour de Fleece group. There *will* be talk on the Threeravens Rav group, as well as on the Threeravens Facebook page. I’ll also update my progress here on the blog; I recommend that if you want to play along, that you do the same, because it’s fun!

Here’s the images you can use:

tdf 2013

tdf 2013

Oh hey, did I mention that there will be prizes? THERE WILL. I’ll be announcing those closer to the start date, but let me just say that they’re not all from me, and they’re all excellent. 😉

Want to join in? Just sign up officially by commenting below! If you have a blog or website, please link it when you do, and I’ll make a list of our team mates with links to you all. Let’s get ready to SPIN!

113 thoughts on “Tour de Fleece 2013 with Team Nevermore [aka Threeravens and friends!]

  1. Is there any such thing as spinning too much??? I say NO!!! Tour de Fleece, her I come. 🙂

  2. I would like to join this team. I think my challenge will be trying new techniques in both art yarn and standard yarns. I have only been spinning for about a year and a half, so that leaves a lot of options for trying techniques that i haven’t done before.

    1. Welcome to the team, Deki! I think those are great challenges – I really love when people embrace new ideas in their spinning and I can’t wait to see what you spin!

    1. Of COURSE you can join! And if you’re around tomorrow, there might be some people dropping into the shop to start off spinning for the TdF, too!

  3. Sign me up. I´ve listed my goals on the facebook page. Need I post them here as well? I´m ready for this!! 🙂

    1. I wanna play too. I’m a newbe, but I just got a whole stash of fun fluff (thank you Christiane). My goal is to spin every day (at this point I need to tell myself “Step away from the Spindles-go to work!”). I have some special projects in mind, but right now I’m thrilled just to be creating yarn.

  4. I would really enjoy being on Team Nevermore! Lots of locks, braids, and a raw CVM fleece and much more. This will be my 2nd year and last year I got a lot done but could have done so much more.

  5. I just found out about Tour de Fleece today and joined on Ravelry. I would love to join your team if it’s not too late, at least partly because I love your badge! My goal is to spin everyday and complete at least ten skeins, but that includes some custom orders I have to finish up for my Etsy shop, and I also need to get a ton of fleece washed and dyed.

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  7. Hi I think I listed to take part before but cant find my name on the list My name is Jen and my fibre FB is Curly Wool. Would love to join in . I will be at the Bendigo Victoria Australia Sheep and Wool Show the last 3 days but will still join in.

    1. Hi Jen! I’ll make sure that you get on the list for this year’s TdF! The official post is coming, hopefully tomorrow. This Summer was supposed to be slow and easy… it’s a LIE 😀
      Looking forward to seeing everything you spin!

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