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Thursday, July 31, 2008


While I ponder, weak and weary
What to stitch or what to spin,
I decide I'll just be cheery.
Fiber art is not a sin!

Summer may be starting to draw
to a close soon but we'll still
be stitching! And, as always,
ready to provide FREE lessons
to those who want to learn.

See you at Mocha Moment on
Thursday, July 31 from 7-9PM

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Rock Co. Dem HQ Opens in Janesville

Rock County Democratic Party
Coordinated Campaign HQ Grand Opening

Tuesday, July 29
State Senator Judy Robson with State
Representatives Mike Sheridan and Chuck Benedict were welcome guests in Janesville as crowds gathered for speakers at the recent campaign headquarters grand opening (former site of Jodie's Coffee Shop on Milton Ave.). Dozens of potential volunteers signed up with their enthusiasm and energy to help 2008 candidates and they had the opportunity to speak to those candidates who were present. To get involved and volunteer, stop by at 1300 Milton Ave., Janesville or contact the County Chair at

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Set yourself a personal spinning challenge. You will begin spinning on the first stage of the Tour (July 5th), and finish on or before the last stage (July 27th). You, of course, may spin on those days designated rest days for the riders.


1. The idea is to set yourself a challenge. It doesn't matter what the challenge is -- it could be spinning fine for the first time, or producing an artsy fartsy yarn as an exercise, it could be spinning enough for a specific project. If you've always wanted to spin a little every day (say, a spinning meditation practice), but never seem to find time for it, perhaps that could be the challenge -- spinning every morning of the tour. What matters is you set out the challenge, and meet it during the specified time.

2. There will be no spinning before the start of the first stage.

3. You must finish spinning before the last stage ends.

4. You may sample and do other research as needed beforehand if it helps you decide on your challenge, or will help provide you the tools and information you need to meet the challenge.

The Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey)

As much as I enjoy the different categories of the Tour de France, for the purposes of the Tour de Fleece, there is only one option -- the Maillot Jaune (Yellow Jersey). Either you meet your challenge, or you don't.

Finishers will get a button for their blog, which will be essentially the same as last year's version. Of course, there is the immense pride in undertaking the Tour and riding -- er -- spinning to completion.

Entering the Tour de Fleece 2008

To enter the Tour de Fleece 2008 spinning challenge, please leave a comment stating your name (nicknames are acceptable) and the URL for your blog or the webpage where you'll be reporting your spinning progress during the running of this year's Tour de France bicycle race. You can also submit your entry by e-mail via the link in the sidebar -- make sure you put "Tour de Fleece" in the subject line.

Entries will be posted below -- please check the list for your entry, allowing a couple of days from the time you submit it for me to update the list. If you haven't been added to the list of participants after a few days, please let me know in the comments or by e-mail as I may have missed seeing it the first time around.

Although the aim is to start on July 5th, as in past years, if you find us late, you can still feel free to hop aboard -- just set a challenge that will be appropriate to the time left before the end of the Tour.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

To Market, To stitch at a time

SnB stitchers will be able to sell their FOs at the Janesville Farmer's Market again on Saturday, July 19 from 8-Noon. Remember the market is relocated to the top of Courthouse Hill in the parking ramp behind the courthouse. Those who sell items will share the cost of our 2 spaces but others are invited to just join us for stitching. FREE lessons and trouble-shooting always available. Weather permitting as usual.

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The Brits are Coming Again!

Those of you who met Jean Embery from Benfleet, England at Stitch 'n Bitch 3 years ago can say "Hi" to her again on Monday, June 14 when she and her husband, Howard, return to Janesville for a visit. Come greet - and or meet them for the first time - at the Main Street Saloon, 117 N. Main 7:30-8:00ish. If Main St. is still closed from the flooding then, we'll be at the SpeakEasy, 19 N. High St. The Embery's will love to see previous acquaintances again and you'll have a chance to learn what they've been up to in Essex!