Hi there! This is the official page for our Tour de Fleece [TdF] team of 2018, Team Nevermore – you can find a team roster, links to all the important posts, and the prizes all listed here. I’ll also post up the “rules” such as they are, and some images for you to steal and use in your TdF posts and around the net!
BIG thanks to StarAthena, who started this whole thing in 2006, for giving us permission to do our own thing and use her graphics. She’s the bomb and super smart for thinking this up in the first place!
This year, the Tour de Fleece starts Saturday July 1st and runs until Sunday July 29th, 2018.
Guidelines (NOT RULES):
* Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday July 7th through Sunday July 29th. Days of rest: Monday July 16th and Monday July 23rd. (Just like the actual tour.)
* Spin something challenging on the challenge days (usually the toughest high mountain stage: this year, the first one is Stage 10, on Tuesday July 17, when the riders will take the first mountain stage of the race – includes a section of dirt road on the Plateau des Glières. It is 100km from the finish but comes after a 6km climb at 11 per cent. The second is stage 17, on Wednesday, July 25th, when they will ride to the summit of the Col de Portet is only 65km long but half of the stage is uphill. It is the shortest road stage of the 2018 Tour but could be one of the hardest.
* Wear yellow on Sunday July 29th 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)
And most importantly: challenge yourself, but HAVE FUN. That’s what this is ALL about! I plan to share as many pics and posts about my progress as possible, both to keep myself accountable and to encourage others. Your blog posts will also get linked here if you share them with me!
You get to choose your own challenges. I will post mine in a blog post and in the Facebook group and keep them updated, and I may highlight some of the other team members on my blog as well if they like. As a team we will have some fun group challenges, as well – with chances for prizes!
All posts about the Tour de Fleece can be found with the “tour de fleece” tag on this blog:
The original announcement page this year where folks pledged to join in:
Everything is happening in our Facebook group, Nevermore Forevermore:
This is a closed Facebook group, but you can easily join by putting in a request; you may also pledge to ride along with us by posting a reply to this page and I will add you!
- Team Captain: Christiane Knight of Three Ravens Studio
- Team Captain: George Crawford
- Melissa Medford
- Kate White
- Dayna Mankowski
- Jennifer Villebrun
- Jama Lea
- Wendi Williams
- Adrienne Munn
- Jan Adams
- Frau Cornell-Cash
- Scarlet St James
- Robyn Story
- Candy Hargett
- Sheyrena Smith
- Amy Kloster
- Peggy Bass
- Ardis Lunn
- Megan Luke
- Alyssa Floyd
- Charlene Tyger
- Melissa Ricks
- Adele Michelsen
- Natalie Burger
- Emily Wohlscheid
- Elizabeth Porter
- Selena Vincin
- Lisa Renee McKenzie
- Megan Simpson
- Patricia Baker
- Charlotte Franklin Masi
- Cat McCann
- Tami Selph
- Darlene Hodge
- Luna Ortiz
- Stephanie Brown
- Annette Anderson
- Tania Allen
- Elysa Darling
- Melissa Salzman
- Clare Howard
- Debi Roberts
- Traci Arieli
- Kyndyl Rikard Greyland
- Mary Fleming
- Deborah Ray
- Kristin Henriksen Larkin
- Robin Reilly
- Tracey Perry
- Tina Glenn
- Ginny Bevis
Three Ravens Studio is offering a choice of batt in any of the four official colorways for the Team Nevermore 2018 TdF!
Three Ravens Studio’s official colorways:
The Tell-Tale Heart [shimmering reds with black]
The Gold Bug [gold, green, brown, black]
The Black Cat [black with hints of sinister colors]
The Fall of the House of Usher [a gothic taste of macabre tones]
Adrienne Munn from Darrach Burn Farms is offering some of her fantastic Shetland sheep fleece as a prize! Not only will you get some small-farm, handraised sheep fleece, but she is even going to hand wash it for you! You can’t beat that, my friends. See what else is happening at the farm by following the link!
Melissa Medford, who has no shop but a deep love for the Team and Tour de Fleece, is offering something special – a set of wools for a breed study! This is something that I very much want to do with the team after TdF is finished, so this is both a generous prize and a great opportunity to get your samples ready before I dive into touring the world of sheep breeds with the group! Some of the breeds may include: Cheviot, Finnish Landrace, Shetland,Teeswater, BFL, Zwartbles, Dorset Horn, Icelandic, Jacob,Herdwick, Wensleydale, Devon, Black Welsh Mountain. It is a tremendous prize!
Natalie Burger of Hidden Pastures is offering a beautiful hand turned niddy noddy and some farm fiber! This is a beautiful piece of work that will be a joy to use – such a lovely tool and fiber.
Debi Roberts of Baaberry Farms is offering a gorgeous Uptown Project Bag as a prize! She uses durable mid weight upholstery fabric gets paired with awesome “Vegan Leather” to make a gorgeous roomy bag. It even has interior pockets and a wrist strap, perfect for any fibery project!
Alyssa Floyd of Unidled Hands is offering a generous 4oz of batts in her Raven colors – another official Team Nevermore colorway and in the luscious blend of Alpaca/bamboo/wool/Firestar. If you want some of this fiber to spin during the TdF, it will also be available in her shop!
Stephanie Brown of Halaylah Studios is offering a print of this colorfully stunning painting! Cool fact: this is based on a photo I took of a pile of my handspun artistic yarns. So you get her artistic interpretation of my art… two for one! The print is an 8×10 size and so bright and lively!
Megan Luke of Ice Nine Aethetics is offering a bar of handmade soap, an herbal bubble bath bomb, a sample of herbal tea and a bottle of lavender and cedar fiber spritz! Her handmade herbal goodies are soooooo good, you will definitely want to check out her Facebook page!
Melissa Ricks of Wild Hare Fiber Studio is offering one of her cool and creative circle looms as a prize! Pics soon.
Elizabeth Porter of Hobbledehoy Yarn + Fibers is offering a prize TBD!
Emily Wohlscheid of Bricolage Studios is offering a prize of a 2 oz batt from her wonderful shop! Details TBD!
Barbara Iachini of Kitty Mine Crafts is offering a beautiful fiber braid in one of her amazing colorways, TBD. You will love spinning her expertly dyed fibers!
Large Team Nevermore image:https://i1.wp.com/www.threeravens.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/tdfsquare.jpg
Tour de Fleece yellow image [credit goes to StarAthena]: http://i2.wp.com/www.threeravens.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/LeTourdeFleece.jpg
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