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Spin de Fleece 2021 - Pre-Tour Chatter

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    Spin de Fleece 2021 - Pre-Tour Chatter

    Hi All !

    I know some of us are looking ahead at our calendars and seeing that the Tour de France is coming up!


    This years dates are June 26 to July 18, 2021 !!!

    If you want more info about the Bike Tour, you can find it here.

    If you want to chat about the tour, or the spinning that goes along with it, feel free to chat here in this thread!
    We can start to build the anticipation and plan out what we want to accomplish this year!
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

    #2
    Do you realize that tdf is only 7 1/2 weeks away? Have you started prepping your fiber ?

    Do you have any new techniques you want to try?

    What about quantity goals? Is there a minimum amount of time you want to spin each day or a minimum amount of yards to complete ?

    Do we want actual prizes ? What do you think the prizes should be for? Random, or for meeting goals, or for ? ??
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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    • Spice2s
      Spice2s commented
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      I haven't ventured into the preparing my own fleece, other than some blending that I've done in a class or two. I do like the blending. I don't like the cleaning of the fleece so much. Even when I get a dirty batt with veg matter in it, it's just irritating to be picking it out as I spin. I love the spinning and blending, but not so much the cleaning! I think a sweater spin is so ambitious! I will be rooting you on, while I tackle smaller spins!

    • Carlota
      Carlota commented
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      Spice2s I agree - it's quite a process and kind of a whole other thing. I'm getting pickier and learning to say no. It is perfectly okay to draw lines in the sand as to how much prep to take on and I agree that picking out the VM while trying to spin is a drag. I'm learning about a few vendors that sell incredibly clean fleeces because they also spin. Next fleece season I will treat myself to one of those fleeces but for now I'm prepping what I already have.

    • PurlgirlButtons
      PurlgirlButtons commented
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      Yay! A new reason to buy more fiber!!! I think it might be fun to have just one team, since there aren't that many of us, (well, I'm not sure about that.) Anyway, I think it would help us support one another, and get less bogged down with following different teams/threads.

    #3
    Oh wow--Char reminded me that this is coming up quicker than I thought! I had it in the back of my mind that it was in Sep-Oct like last year, but that was delayed because of the pandemic. So, yes! We need to get this rolling and I'll be happy to contribute some prizes. I think last year we did like a weekly drawing, based on participation, and maybe also a special drawing for doing challenges? I'll have to look at it. We can certainly switch that up a bit if there is a better suggestion. I have a batch of Shetland that needs spinning, so I think I will work on that this year!

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    • Spice2s
      Spice2s commented
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      I thought perhaps we can do a google spreadsheet to keep track of everyone's progress posts .. I can come up with some guidelines and then we can get together and finalize what we want to do I will work on this this weekend!

    • rkennell
      rkennell commented
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      That sounds great! Feel free to re-use any posts from last year, like rules, prizes, etc. and edit them to suit your needs.

    #4
    As we prepare for sdf, I have created a threadfor you to post if you want to donate a prize. You can find the thread here

    https://fiberkind.com/forum/spinning...rize-donations
    Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
    Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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      #5
      I will join in for part of the time. I will be doing some traveling the beginning of July and don't think I'll have time to get the spindle out even if I bring it. I might though, I could use the practice on the spindle.
      Linda
      2021 Stasbusting week ending 6/19 WTD = +0 YTD = +86
      2020 Stash busted +160
      Book Challenge 91/100; 24 non-fiction


      "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
      The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost" JRR Tolkien

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      • Spice2s
        Spice2s commented
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        I have a spindle project that I started before I got my wheel .. still not finished with the spindle project lol ... But every once in awhile I get it out and do a few yards .. it will eventually get done, right?

      #6
      I would like to join in....last year my thumb went wonky on day 2 so I have done very little since then. My goal is just to spin whatever catches my fancy from my stash.

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      • Spice2s
        Spice2s commented
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        That's great! I won't have any volume goals, but I do want to do some spinning each day. Glad you will be joining us!

      #7
      I’m in! Looking forward to some daily spinning to increase my consistency. Also, get my sadly neglected Nano out and have another project on the go for short out-of-town trips. My Big Challenge will probably be to get a floofy worsted weight yarn, and possibly become more comfortable (quicker) with chain-plying, and then there’s Long Draw....oh don’t get me started, I may not stop!
      2021 Stashbuster MAL Week Ending 5/22/21= (-1) YTD =+19

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      • Spice2s
        Spice2s commented
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        lol. too many goals ! lol. Really though, those sound like good goals. just maybe concentrate at one at a time?

      #8
      If I don’t forget, I would like to join this year. I am such a new spinner but I think I just need to practice to improve. I’m in the midst of getting my wool ready (also something I am just learning) so should be ready to go.

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      • PurlgirlButtons
        PurlgirlButtons commented
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        It is a wonderful way to improve! I started spinning on a Nano last year, right before Spin de Fleece'20, and have only had my wheel since Oct. And if you ever need any help, I'm sure someone here can point you in the right direction or give you some pointers.

      • kas
        kas commented
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        I’m going to start with Shetland from my little flock. I’ve just finished combing the first set and have two more to go. Even with my worlds worst shearing I did manage to find something that looks usable.

      • Carlota
        Carlota commented
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        That's amazing that you are starting from your own flock. The nice thing about this challenge is that we get to set our own goals and cheer each other on.

      #9
      June 26th is just 36 days away!
      Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
      Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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      • PurlgirlButtons
        PurlgirlButtons commented
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        REMINDER: Fiberkind has affiliate links to many fiber sources such as The Woolery, KnitPicks, and Paradise Fibers. The list is under Admin Announcements.

      • Char
        Char commented
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        PurlgirlButtons thank you

      #10
      I'll be joining. I'm still deciding what I'll be spinning though. I just dyed some top I might spin as a lace weight single.

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        #11
        Sorry, I forget to check for updates....is there an option for email notifications?

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        • Spice2s
          Spice2s commented
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          You can subscribe to the thread. and it will show in your notifications that a thread you follow has been updated. I believe that also sends you an email when the thread is updated too. The subscribe button is at the top of the page.

        #12
        Thank you!

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          #13
          Wow, less than a month to go! Is everyone getting excited ?

          I am trying to get the prize categories nailed down, but only have a few prizes donated so far. If you are able to donate an item (it doesn't have to be big! or fleece related!) .. please post in the Prize Donations thread.

          I have a couple of (brand new) old looking oval frames, in boxes. Do you think that would be a good prize ?

          Tell me what you would be thrilled to win! Give us some ideas. Do you need foldable scissors ? How about some blank note cards ? Some stitch markers ?
          Let us brainstorm what a great prize would be As I said, it doesn't have to be big. We would all love a pound of our favorite fiber, but I am just as happy with a 1 oz mini-braid!


          Speak up!


          Come on


          Let's Hear it



          Brainstorming starts .....



          NOW~!
          Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
          Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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            #14
            Just a heads up ..

            I have updated the FAQ here. It's not complete yet, but it has a bit more detail on how we will do the tour this year.

            Also - I was wondering if there is someone (or a couple of someone's) out there who loves statistics and creating graphics and would like to be a cheerleader of sorts ? You would take the statistics from the spreadsheet and create really kewl graphics. Report on different things - like the person who is currently in the lead, the person who did the really coolest thing, The grams per people reporting number, you know, anything you can create a statistic for, I would love to have reported !

            Any one (s) interested ?
            Stashbuster 2021 WTD= +5; YTD= +81 (6/12/21)
            Oh SNAP ✨ we're DUELLING 🤺 atFiberkind Wizarding School! Let's SPEW.

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              #15
              I like small notion; stitch markers, scissors, note cards, project bags and I can always use a small notebook.
              Of course fiber is always welcome.

              I've been thinking about what I could donate as a prize. my own supply's are small. I was thinking about maybe a braid of fiber, but it couldn't be commercially dyed, as I don't really have any. So far I have bought undyed wool top, and I dyed it myself using food safe dyes, would that interest anybody?

              Other options would be a handmade project bag and or handmade stitch markers.

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              • Spice2s
                Spice2s commented
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                I think those are all really great ideas ! I also don't think it needs to be a commercially dyed item, or even a commercially purchased item. This is a handi-craft group, right? We like make things with our hands. So a handmade/homemade item would be wonderful. It shows the extra care that goes into the item.

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