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Tour de Fleece 2013 with Team Nevermore [aka Threeravens and friends!]

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!

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111 Comments

  • Reply
    Wae Wang-Franco
    May 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I haven’t participated before but I’d love to!

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Welcome to the team, Wae! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    May 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m in!

  • Reply
    knitsbyheather
    May 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    You know I’m in! 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I was hoping you’d play along again this year, yay!

  • Reply
    Elinor
    May 26, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Aww yiss, I really need to get my wheel moving again. Will there be Spin In Public opportunities during TdF?

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      That’s an EXCELLENT idea and we should make that happen!

  • Reply
    Crystal
    May 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’m in! Plus I love that raven. 😉

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      It is such a great image I had to use it again this year 😀
      Welcome to the team!

  • Reply
    LeAndra
    May 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    That sounds like all kinds of fun 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Welcome aboard! The spinning’s fine! 😀

  • Reply
    Stephanie Brown (@Halaylah)
    May 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m in – and I already know what I want to do for the challenge day!

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Yay! And I can’t wait to see what you do for your challenge!

  • Reply
    Wendi
    May 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Mmm. Spinning. You know I love it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      YES! This is going to be a kickass team!

  • Reply
    Bevin
    May 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I’m definitely in! Need to figure out my challenge…

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Yay! I have NO idea what mine is going to be either, we’ll have to share ideas!

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    May 28, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Hey, I’ll join this team too! May as well spread myself as thin as possible 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      The good news is you can spin the same thing for all of the teams and increase your chances to WIN WIN WIN 😀

  • Reply
    Chrissy Bell (@thepinkwoobie)
    May 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    IN!!!! Will need ideas for challenge, I still feel like a spinning newbie.

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      I will definitely be posting some ideas for challenges! Yay for having you IN!

  • Reply
    Ashley Thomas-Mason
    May 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Never too much spinning! 😀

  • Reply
    Stephanie Mcguckin
    May 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I’m in thanks for doing this

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Glad to have you join in! It’s going to be so FUN!

  • Reply
    Kae (@LadieKae)
    May 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I’m in! I even have some ThreeRavens batts to spin 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Woohoooo! And I *love* seeing what other people spin my fiber into! Maybe I’ll have to spin some Snallygaster fiber, hmmm 🙂

  • Reply
    Patti Robinson
    May 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to join in!

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      So glad to have you on the team, Patti! Yay!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    May 29, 2013 at 5:09 am

    In the middle of all my summer craziness, I plan to participate as much as I can.

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      When things are going crazy… add more crazy! Welcome aboard! <3

  • Reply
    Kelly
    May 29, 2013 at 6:16 am

    count me in! 🙂 I would love to officially be unofficial! 😉

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      YAY! I am so pleased to have you on the team!

  • Reply
    Lucy Hughes
    May 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I would love to participate for my first Tour de Fleece in a really fun atmosphere like this one!

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      So thrilled to have you on the team, Lucy! We are going to have FUN!

  • Reply
    Monica
    May 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Me! Me! 😉

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      Woohooo! So excited to have you playing along! <3

  • Reply
    Rachel Jones
    May 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Ok I’m officially In!

    • Reply
      Xiane
      May 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      I’m so happy to have you join in!

  • Reply
    Ann Mikeal
    June 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Add me to the list 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane
      June 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Welcome to the team, Ann! 🙂

  • Reply
    thespunmonkey
    June 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Alrighty, I’m in! Add me to the list and I’ll make an official post about it sometime this week. 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

      This party gets better and better! Welcome to the team! <3

  • Reply
    kymberli
    June 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Joining! Although I did on Feb. 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      You’re in, lady! Thank you for joining! <3

  • Reply
    Esther
    June 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I would like to join the team too 🙂
    X Esther Duijzer

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Adding you now! Welcome to the team, yay!

  • Reply
    Alina Stannard
    June 23, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Late is better than never? I wants in please 🙂

    Alina — Fleeced (Alimar Designs)

    • Reply
      Xiane
      June 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      You’re not too late! Welcome to the team, yay!

  • Reply
    Stacy
    June 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I’d like to join in.

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      You are IN, Stacy! Yay!

  • Reply
    Liz
    June 23, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I would love to join!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Welcome to the team, Liz! 🙂

  • Reply
    Megan Lilly
    June 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I want in!! Hope i’m not too late!!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 23, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      You’re definitely not too late! Welcome to the team!

  • Reply
    Rhonda J.
    June 24, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I would love to participate. I’m just getting my fb fiber page and etsy store started, so this is a fun way to kick everything off!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Hi Rhonda, welcome to the team! I’ll have you up on the roster later today, yay!

  • Reply
    Vickie Cameron
    June 24, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Count me in, can’t wait for it to start!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Vickie, welcome to the team! I’ll put your name on the team roster later today, I hope you have tons of fun during this TdF!

  • Reply
    Xiane K
    June 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Fixed the commenting issue – you should be able to sign up here again. When the Tour starts, I’ll close this comment area up. 🙂

  • Reply
    adelemichelsen
    June 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I’m in!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Yes you are! 😀
      YAY!

      • Reply
        adelemichelsen
        June 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        Love my little Avatar! Woo Hoo!
        Looks like I have to go dig stash up to spin considering I’ve spun tons of stuff this week. LOL

  • Reply
    Anna 紬アンナ (@thisgoodlife)
    June 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    OH, replying here also, I suppose. B/c it’s where I was supposed to pledge in the first place. Whoops. <3

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 26, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      No matter, you are IN 😉

  • Reply
    mothermoonpads
    June 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’m in!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Welcome to the team, Denelle! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alpacaboose Farm
    June 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I’m In! Can’t wait…Is there a place that I can post pictures? I will post them on my FB page is you want! Go team Nevermore! 🙂 You can call me Alpacaboose Rose ! 🙂

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

      So excited to have you on board, Rose! Yay!

  • Reply
    deki
    June 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Theresa (KnitsinPublic)
    June 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Is it too late for me to join? My goals: I want to clear off two spindles and spin two units of fiber (either two batts or a braid and a batt, or two braids, etc.) Excited!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      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!

  • Reply
    Maya
    June 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I am in!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      YAY! I will add you to the list, I am SO excited to have you onboard! <3

  • Reply
    Vickie Mitchell
    June 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm

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

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I can post them up for you, and I’ll add you to the team roster too! Welcome to the team! 🙂

  • Reply
    Renee Smith
    June 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Ok…I am slow but I want to join!!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      You are IN! Welcome to the team! <3

  • Reply
    George Crawford
    June 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Better late than never! Rookie to the starting line..I’m in!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Welcome aboard!!! So glad to have you on the team! <3

  • Reply
    Candy Hargett
    June 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Sign Me Up!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      You’re on, Candy! Welcome to the team! Yay!

  • Reply
    Yvonne
    June 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Can’t wait to spin with you. TdF is my favorite time of year.

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Welcome to the team, Yvonne! Mine too – I get SO much done, and I get really inspired by how much everyone else accomplishes, too!

  • Reply
    Peggy Bass
    June 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    i would love to join in the Tour de Fleece..

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      I have added you to the team roster – you’re IN! Welcome to the team! <3

  • Reply
    Megan Lilly
    June 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Does this start at midnight, cause i’m ready!!!

    • Reply
      Rose Duke
      June 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

      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.

      • Reply
        Xiane K
        June 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

        Rose, I am SUPER excited to have you on the team! Please drop by anytime I’m at the studio for some TdF sitting and spinning! <3

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Gooooooooooooooooooooooo! 😀

  • Reply
    Taneli Crisfwelle
    June 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      It is an honor to have you on the team! You have great goals, too!

  • Reply
    Pam
    June 29, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Excited. My goal is add ins, add ins, add ins! Practice new techniques and meet many new spinners!!!

  • Reply
    Julia
    June 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ok, I almost forgot this year, I’m signing up!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Yay! So happy to have you on the team!

  • Reply
    Beth
    June 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Beth
      June 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Oh, and I do spin mostly art yarn. 🙂

      • Reply
        Xiane K
        June 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Just looked at your blog. OH MY. Love it! So glad you found us!

        • Reply
          Beth
          June 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

          Thank you! *g* I’m very happy and excited to be here!

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Welcome aboard, Beth! I am super happy to sneak you onto the team 😉

  • Reply
    Maya
    June 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Are we posting our daily pics here too? Or just link to our blogs?

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      If you link to your blog, I can put the posts linked on the main page. You have pics already? Wanna seeeee!

  • Reply
    Deborah Castellano (@MsDebCastellano)
    June 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m in! I’ll be posting updates to my Facebook page, La Sirene et Le Corbeau: https://www.facebook.com/sirenecorbeau

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      June 30, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      YAY! Welcome to the team, and I’ll add you to the roster! [also, LOVE the name of your page 😉 ]

  • Reply
    ann mikeal
    July 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Day 5 – managed to get a 72 yard skein finished last night… I love it… isnt it great when mistakes turn out nice, lol 🙂
    http://twinmommycreations.blogspot.com/2013/07/tour-de-fleece-2013-day-5.html

  • Reply
    Jan
    May 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I’m in thanks for having me, I’m with the Journey to the Golden Fleece group! Oiling my wheels…set to go!!

  • Reply
    curlysheep
    July 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Xiane K
      July 2, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      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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