Something most spinners look forward to each year is a thing called Spinzilla. All my friends are probably sick of hearing me talk about it and also probably glad it has finished for this year. I am sad it is over. I spun on a team from Texas http://www.ravelry.com/groups/happy-ewe
Team Happy Ewe Fab Funky Fibers
Goal of Spinzilla is to spin as much as you possibly can in a one week period. My goal this year was 1.5 miles. Last year I was able to go 2.7 but health and time available was reduced this year. I did not fully reach my goal and only hit 1.1 miles. Seriously I am happy I got that far just disappointed that I was not able to finish all I had planned. Some people have spun well over 6 miles! Crazy right??
Some of the process.. This is 19 micron wool that I have had in my stash for a long time. I felt unworthy to spin it and finally just bit the bullet and did it. It was so soft I don’t know why I was so hesitant. I still have some more to spin and I am going to really enjoy it!
I had won a braid of 15.5 micron Merino wool so you guys can imagine my fear of getting into it if I was scared of the 19 micron! No way would I have bought this fine wool for myself and I sure appreciated the ladies of my knitting has cat hair in it on Ravelry. Yes that is a group and a really good one too!! http://www.ravelry.com/groups/my-knitting-has-cat-hair-in-it
I already know what I am going to make with this yarn!!!
I was also working with a very soft 80% Merino/20% silk. Could not get it to spin the way I wanted it to on my wheel. The pull was too strong for the thinness I wanted. I had to get creative and make something to handle this fiber and treat it the way it needed to be handled. I have a super secret plan for this yarn that nobody will get out of me no matter how much torture they subject me to! Although cheesecake can go a long way!!
I wanted it stronger than a single ply so I plied it with a multicolored metallic thread. Now I have what is called my first 2 ply fingerling weight. I am super excited about it and remember shhhhhh no telling about my plans!!