Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Stage 17: July 23, 2008 - Challenge Day!

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Embrun to L'Alpe-d'Huez

Welcome to Challenge Day!

The cyclists climb 4 mountains today:
Cote de Sainte-Marguerite
Col du Galibier
Col de la Croix de Fer

The last 3 are beyond classification climbs, and Alpe-d-Huez is probably the most famous climb in Tour history. It means something to a cyclist to make this journey, and in some ways it symbolizes the Tour de France itself. Cyclists know what it takes to survive it, and it bonds them in a unique way. To me, that is the heart of our challenge day. I can't wait to see what you make of it!

I'm going to spin/ply roving for 6 hours. That's my challenge, considering I have a day job and plans for Wednesday evening. I'll have to get up early to do it. I'm looking forward to it because the actual Tour airs at 3:30 in the morning here on the west coast (!) The other part of my challenge will come later, when I knit myself something from this yarn to be.

Today is our day to really challenge ourselves. What are you going to do?/What are you doing/What did you do?

I thought I'd pop a picture in here of what I spun on last year's challenge day: It's a rainbow yarn with a lot of bright feathers. It was a challenging technique for me. It was my personal Col l'Aubisque.

Challenge Day



Where's Domo? said...

Hello! I would like to invite you to my blog.

Hope to see you there.

Anne said...

I'm going to try spinning the most special roving I own --a silk/merion blend a friend brought me from NZ and sent along just in time!

knerd said...


I've been reading you blog for a while, and just started my own! But I wanted to pop in and say hello, AND tell you what I'm spinning for challenge day.... *drumroll*

sock yarn. phew. wish me luck. =)

goodluck to your 6 hours!

~ Phyllis ~ said...

I spun cotton on my charkha for challenge day.

knittingdragonflies said...

Very nice, In fact this looks delightful.