Stage 9  Saint-Étienne - Brioude 170 km

14 July 2019

I spun more of the Pays de Galles braid today than expected. The mix of Welsh Cambrian and Blue Faced Leicester make it a joy to work with and it was difficult to stop. The first bobbin, with the first half of the braid, is now complete. To make sure that I spin the second in the same order, I’ve numbered all the mini-braids.

 I love the colours that I’m seeing on the bobbin, they really do remind me of the Welsh countryside. I admit that I was weary of how it might turn out when I unpacked the braid. The bright yellow (an essential colour for this braid as it symbolises the maillot jaune, the Tour de France’s winner’s jersey) jarred with me as it’s not a colour I naturally warm to. However, it all works beautifully when spun. How the plied yarn will turn out is another mystery.