Tour de Fleece starts today!

Holy crap, you guys! I can’t believe it’s almost July already! Where did the first half of the year go? Well. Moving, I guess. And getting ready to move. Hrm. Well, you know what they say about time flying and having fun and all that. Anyway! Today is the start of the Tour de France, which happens to coincide with the start of the Tour de Fleece! Isn’t that a weird coincidence?

I played along with the TdF back in 2010 and spun up some lovely yarns, plus I had a lot of fun. Not sure why I didn’t do it last year, unless it had something to do w/ my still kind of wonky energy levels. Well, anyway, this year I decided to give it a go again. This time I’m playing with Team Sherlocked (an homage to my new favorite show).

My goals this year:

1. Spin every day

2. Finish the yarn I was working on before we moved. (In this case all it needs is a wash, but I’ve been putting it off because I am lazy.)

3. Finish the alpaca I’ve been working on. This might be a challenge  because I kind of got bored with it. I’ve got a little more than half a bobbin of it and still a huge amount left to go.

4. Try to get finished with (or at least spin some of) the Romney fleece. This will definitely be a challenge because a) there is a crapton of it and b) I don’t really care for it that much (sad, I know).

In spite of having a clear idea of what I’d like to get done over the course of the TdF, I went ahead and started doing something else entirely.

Aren’t the colors pretty? These are the silk caps I got from A Touch of Twist at the CT Sheep & Wool festival a couple of years ago. I’d originally planned to just straight up knit them without spinning the fiber, because Yarn Harlot. But now I’ve moved to Florida and I can’t see that I have a real need for cushy little hand ovens. But I could definitely use a lacy little shawlette to keep the AC chill off my shoulders and so that is the plan.

Also I have this little 4 oz Polwarth braid from Woolgatherings which I really can’t wait to sink my teeth into. Isn’t it pretty?

I am really going to have to remember to buy more than 4 oz the next time I visit her shop. I can tell that I am going to want to spin this stuff forever.

Box Hell

can’t blog now stop completely buried in boxes stop will check in next week stop here’s a cat picture instead stop

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Almost done!

Well, we made it! We got down here in time to move in on the 31st!

We really love our new place and we are just waiting on the movers to deliver the rest of our stuff. It was supposed to arrive today, but evidently the truck broke down in Georgia. They rescheduled us for tomorrow, which means today I need to clean up and get ready. Here’s my new kitchen:

And here is my new rug:

Also, meet Snowflake, our new cat. He comes to us from old friends who were leaving the Florida sun for Seattle rain and weren’t able to bring him with them. We got down here just in time to keep him out of a shelter, which turned out to be fortuitous for all of us. He is a very sweet boy and makes a wonderful addition to our family. He and Doozer are already buddies after just one short week. Lolly is taking a bit longer to accept all these changes, but she’ll come around eventually. She is able to tolerate being in the same room with him, so that’s something. So many new and exciting things! How has your week been?