Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tour de Fleece Ends!

Today is the end of the Tour de France and Tour de Fleece. I think I managed to watch at least some of the racing every day even while traveling. I didn't spin everyday, however. I had a good time, though, and learned lots more about the race itself. And the teamwork involved. Stunning.

Eight ounces of plied "Moulin Rouge" will become mittens and hats.
Four ounces of plied "Cottage Garden" will be mitts/hats - and four ounces singles will be woven into a scarf. (Rigid heddle - my Christmas present to myself, I think)
Finally, 8 ounces of natural New Zealand wool - this will go into the pile ready for "August - the Month to Dye For"!

Today is also my mom's birthday. How appropriate that the last day of the tour ended in Paris - and the only time I've been to Paris was with my family years and years ago - and that it is her birthday. Happy Birthday, Vik.

Monday, July 06, 2009

End of the "Moulin Rouge" BFL

Tour de Fleece 2009 continues. On Day 3, I finished spinning the BFL...and started plying. Looking forward to fulling the yarn. BFL takes on a wonderful sheen after washing. Delightful to knit with. I have one more 8oz braid from Frabjous Fibers to spin. The next colorway is Cottage Garden. I have some natural (creme) BFL in the stash. That will be interesting to see how that spins - and eventually dyes.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Tree -
Originally uploaded by fiberbrarian
Such a busy day already! Tour de Fleece has started, and I'm spinning Frabjous Fibers BFL "Moulin Rouge". Time trials for Tour de France, and the beautiful Monico, on in the background.

Going to be a gorgeous day - not too hot - not too windy - just right!

This is a flowering tree from in front of the Chemistry Building at the University of North Dakota. There's a pair of them, one on either side of the front entry to the building. What is the tree? I can't remember! It's some version of a lilac, which is why we noticed it in the first place. Lilac leaves, lilac flowers, even lilac odor - but not the typical lilac bush that is ubiquitous around here! Definitely a tree.

Have a great day, Everyone. And Happy Birthday, United States of America!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

Happy 142nd Birthday, Canada! And may you have many, many more!

Birthdays are fun - and national birthdays are even more fun! I've got CBC Radio Two playing in the background - all Canadian music today. Nice. Have a great day! (Don't party too hard, though. Tour de Fleece starts Saturday!)