My grand plans to participate in the 2015 Le Tour de Fleece fell through.
The first major obstacle was that weird reaction I had to spinning the wool/angora blend. I have to admit, that was extremely upsetting. Still, I had intended to give it a few days and then test the fiber again to see if it was truly responsible for the headache and itchy hands. Unfortunately, the weather was against me. We had a lot of damp conditions that week which led to very high mold counts. Mold is, as you know, one of my major allergy problems, and I struggled that week with a variety of symptoms that broke through despite everything I do to manage my allergies. If I had tested the fiber again that week, the results would have been tainted by those problems, so I knew it was going to have to wait.*
Time was my other enemy. We've been very, very busy, and I left partway into the Tour to teach at SPEC. (Check it out....it's an amazing experience!) As I had met another staff member in my dorm last year who had brought her Lendrum spinning wheel, I had fully intended to take either my wheel or a drop spindle with me. In the end, though, I just didn't have the space in my car. As it would turn out, though, I didn't have much leisure time anyway. I barely touched my journal, my knitting, or my books. It was a crazy busy week.
So no Tour for me this year. I'm more than a little bit disappointed, but it is what it is.
Here's hoping that August is better for spinning!
*I'm going to test the fiber again next month. August is usually pretty good for me allergy-wise, but once we pass into the fall all bets are off...so I need to get it done asap.