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Working with my Spinzilla Yarn

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I decided that my second big project of the year, or third depending on whether I am counting Spinzilla or not, was to make a half-granny shawl for my mother from my Spinzilla yarn. I remain completely amazed at how well my chaotic riot of colors works together.  This was started while I was waiting for my mother to have a minor surgery, it was supposed to be half and hour and wound up taking two hours, thank goodness I had my crochet with me.  Fortunately mom came out with flying colors.  I enjoy the ruffled edge (alright it wasn’t supposed to ruffle but it’s cute anyway) seems to tie the entire piece together.

Happy Crafting!

Spinzilla Ends

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As of Sunday October 9, 2016 I had spun 3,488 yards of yarn for Spinzilla Credit.  This means that for every yard of singles that I spun as well as all that I plied I received credit.  Which means that for a 2 ply I spun that wound up 86 yards it would be 86+86+86=258, if I were to do a 4 ply of 86 yards it would be 86+86+86+86+86=430 Spinzilla credit yards, only 86 yards short of taking the 4 plies and spinning 2 skeins of 2 ply yet half of the plying effort.  This means little in the long run, but it was great incentive to play with creating a 4 ply yarn Sunday afternoon when my desire to ply was fading quickly.  When push comes to shove I managed to spin 1.98 miles of yarn in Spinzilla Credit.  I am very proud of my efforts, I think I went through about 3 pounds of fiber so next year that will have to be bulked up a bit.

As ever I am looking toward my next crafting challenge, whatever that may be!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday’s singles = Friday’s ply

I managed the monster mile!  

My first five skeins are beautiful 2-ply yarns at about 14 wpi.  I managed to go well over my monster mile. Hitting my first goal out of the park. For my sixth skein I created a 4 ply yarn that I think of as my unicorn yarn, just beautiful and magical.  

I’m not too sure where I am, though I know winning rogue is out of my realm, but it’s fun anyway.  I have an event I will be at tomorrow, but hopefully I can continue my plying.  I am surprised at how much of my fiber I have spun.

I’ll see what happens tomorrow and do a frantic rush on Sunday, posting my totals then. 

Happy Crafting!

Monday’s Singles = Wednesday’s Ply

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The singles that I spun on Monday and part of Tuesday were waiting for me on bobbins.  I decided to let them rest, as much as I could stand to, but when I woke up at 1am Wednesday morning it seemed like fate.  I had to ply them and find out how much yardage I had!

So 3-4 hours later I wound off the last of my three skeins and I have to say 474 yards of 2 ply yarn is not bad for just messing around for a couple of hours before work, after work, and when I wake up in the middle of the night.  Since each ply counts, and the time I spent plying counts each of the skeins counts for X3 credit.  This means that 474X3=1,422 yards spun!

This is fantastic!  1,760 yards is a mile spun, also known as the Monster Mile so I am 338 yards or a 113 yard skein of 2 ply away from making this goal!  If I spin up the 2 bobbins I hope to tonight, and spend some time plying it tomorrow, or spinning up more bobbins, then I should be able to make a couple of miles by Friday!  Tomorrow is the first day that I can spend devoted to spinning instead of worrying about work, so I am beyond thrilled!

Happy Crafting!

Spinzilla Day 1 Totals

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Monday Before work, this is what my bobbin looked like!  I do not have any numbers since I will get my first yardage totals when I ply.

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Monday before I went to bed, these were my bobbins.  The first two were spun using double drive.  Since that was driving me mad, which is why the middle bobbin is much smaller than the first, I went back to scotch tension for my third bobbin and probably the rest of Spinzilla.

I did some spinning during my break at work, on my bottom whorl drop spindle, and I hope to add those bits of spinning into my total.  (Yes, during my break…no one needs to know about the time I spent standing next to the car admiring how pretty the silk looks in the sunlight as I spun.  No one needs to know that I found out spinning in the drivers seat while waiting for someone to pump gas is really not very comfortable…yes, during my break.)  I am having an absolute blast, it is almost torture waiting to ply those first few bobbins to find out how much I have accomplished so far!

Happy Crafting!

 

Final Preparation Shot

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This is the entirety of my setup for Spinzilla.  If I, by some miracle, manage to get all of this spun up, it is mostly merino and bamboo silk, then I do have some flax and other materials I can spin with.  I just realized I do not have my Charkha pictured, but I will be using that as a bobbin winder so I can mix up my singles for plying, as has been recommended in several of the videos I have watched on Craft Daily.

I have no real illusions about winning this competition, I am spinning rogue for my first year, but I do hope to make the monster mile.  This means that I need to spin 1, 760 yards of yarn.  Thank goodness plies count!  Last years Rogue Champion Holly Gillespie spun 18, 390 yards.  I don’t think I can come anywhere near that, but I will give it a darned good try!

Right now my next goal is to not wake up at midnight Monday Morning to start spinning, I would not be pleasant at work if that is the case!

Spin On!

 

 

Spinning Cotton

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The linten spindel by Babe’s Fiber Garden is just phenomenal. Easy to put together, and once you get along with its quirks, it is very easy to use. As you might remember I was hoping to use this as a bobbin winder and it isn’t a great bobbin winder if you just put the bobbins on the knitting needle that makes up the spinning tip. Babe’s Fiber Garden does sell extra spindles in groups of three at a $60 cost, which is still half the price of a bobbin winder but since the Spindel already cost over $100 I am spending a fortune to save a bit.  I did find out while trying my hand at spinning cotton (I’m not good yet) that once I managed to spin an itty bitty cop I had enough fiber on the spindle that I could jam two different sizes of bobbins down and be able to wind onto the bobbins. Essentially the bobbins need to stay still on the spindle so that they twist when the spindle twists which is how the fiber winds onto the bobbins.  The third brand of bobbin just seems a bit too large for this device, but I will try a few other options. Of course now I’m afraid to spin any more cotton lest I lose my proper sized cop, lol. I am using my iPad with heavy cover, it’s five years old do a much heavier version, to weigh down the wheel since I am quite enthusiastic in my spinning.

Since I wrote this post yesterday, I couldn’t resist spinning more cotton.  I watched the Building Blocks of Spinning Part 2 with Sarah Anderson and she mentioned mentioned 8 ply cabled cotton makes good wicks, so now I am interested in making a bit of cotton and cabling it before Spinzilla starts Monday Morning.  To my way of thinking if I get this spun and cabled between today and tomorrow I can start my cotton fresh to create a cop to hold my bobbins for spinning.  I must admit if I make even half of the yarns I have pictured then I will have accomplished quite a bit this upcoming week.

Happy Crafting!

Getting Stoked for Spinzilla

In prep for Spinzilla  I have my wheel a complete cleaning as well as trying out Double Drive for the first time.  I have to freely, and unashamedly, admit that I love my Ladybug.  I do hope to add to my stable of wheels in the future, but for now, she does Scotch Tension wonderfully, and has taken to Double Drive like a dream.  Eventually I will figure out how to do bobbin lead, but I am not there yet.  I do not know if this is fact or a psychological fallacy but I believe I can spin thinner in double drive than I can in scotch tension.  I like how much easier it is to control the take up in scotch tension (I don’t think I tied my drive band tight enough), but I can deal with double drive just fine.  The other probability is that by carding my fiber into rolags and then pre-drafting my rolags the fibers were better prepared for spinning and therefore I was able to get a finer yarn.  No matter the reason I am going to spin Spinzilla in double drive mode, and see what I end up with when I am finished.

Also to prepare for Spinzilla I spent last night and this morning plying all of my pre-spun singles so that I do not have any singles lying around as well as clearing off all of my bobbins to take on new yarn!

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Only three of these bobbins, top left hand, actually belong with my Ladybug.  I have found that the three on the bottom left can be used with my wheel to ply or store in a pinch, when I am in a mood to not mind the extreme rattling they produce.

I do know that the three in the bottom right are shuttle bobbins, more on that tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

Gearing up for Spinzilla!

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I managed to get my Kool-Aid Fiber carded into rolags and ready for spinning!  These rolags are mostly Merino with some Bombyx silk, Bamboo Silk, and sparkly add-ins (angelina and firestar).

I managed to jam all of my rolags into a 40+ quart tub with a flip top lid, and there it will stay until October 3rd when Spinzilla Starts.  I am so excited, I was looking at all of the fun sales and things going on in preparation for Spinzilla.  By checking out what stash I already have I determined that I have more than enough to keep me busy for Spinzilla and practicing leading up to the event.  I have decided that preparing and participating in Spinzilla will equal my second big project this year, I might decide to do some big projects on my weaving loom but for now I am going to keep on with my excitement over Spinzilla!

Happy Crafting.

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