OK my first goal is to actually get to post this blog and have my internet stay up long enough to do it!!
Spinzilla!! I have been wanting to do this since I found out about it last year. I started on a drop spindle for a while and then got my little Kiwi 2. I painted her pink and black and named her Rogue. They do have a rogue team on Spinzilla but I am on Team Fancy Fibers.
The goal is to spin as much yardage as you can to help my team and to set a goal. My goal is to spin over a mile. I will post total yardage on Sunday night after I am completely finished. I do not want to jinx myself.
The spinning started at 1 am. I wanted to start at 12:01 but I had a yarn I had to finish before I could start anything else since it would not count toward my totals and I was really annoyed with the yarn. Beautiful but the substance did not spin well or hold up to plying well. It kept breaking and if I was prone to bad language I would have been cussing up a storm. Instead I just muttered under my breath and ended up cutting the last bit off the bobbin because once again the end got all mixed in with the rest of the bobbin and no matter how hard I tried I could not find it.
So as you guys can imagine I started very frustrated. Scissors in hand and hacked up beautiful but useless yarn bits on the counter. Also on the counter was all kinds of fluff from the wool that I was trying to process. I have never washed, dyed or carded any wool before. My friend Mary set me up to get this done for Spinzilla then the carder goes back and I can dream of a future with one in it for me.
I took a picture of all my stash to start with. My goal is to use as much of this stash as I can!! My plan is to not spin the kitty in the background of the pic
Day one I spun this!
I wanted to start with fun and funky and fast.
I had to go to work that first night so that was what I was able to accomplish. Too bad all the sleep I was able to accomplish was 3 hrs. Worked about 13 hrs that night. Brought my little support spindle but think I was able to get a total of about 2 feet done.
Got off work about 8 and rushed home. Well even though I only got 3 hrs sleep the day before I still could not sleep. So I went on to spinning. Day 2 started working on my Suriland purple special blend that I got from Mary at Fancy Fibers. I over spun this wool but once I wash and whack the hank I will be much happier with it.
I then went to work on this yarn. I had made the batts myself. I had washed, hand dyed and carded some Rambouillet wool. Then for these 2 particular batts I blended with silk and Surisilk.
Wednesday day 3
I did not get as much done as I wanted. I had gotten some more fiber in the mail. It was a Romney and Black face blend. It was cheap (really cheap) so I was not sure how it would work. I should not have been afraid. It spun up great. got it off ebay from a person called Shep’s wool.
I did not get both bobbins done that day like I wanted. I ended up doing 1.5 of them.
Thursday Day 4.
I am sore all over. my neck and back as well as the outter parts of my legs and boy does my bootie burn. I am having to sit on a heating pad to keep going but I am not a quitter. I will hit the Monster mile or better yet more than that! Finished spinning the second bobbin of my ebay fiber and plied it. (Will revist this after the competition to finish off enough to make something for me out of it)
I then went to work on my Day 4 fiber…now I am running behind a bunch.
I managed to get one bobbin spun with is half the fiber. Hopefully finish second bobbin and ply then start on my red Rambouillet blended with silk. Soooo soft and fluffy. It should be a quick spin.
Also it should be noted that my new kitten Caramel has been doing her best to “help” me in all this.
I guess she thought she needed the heating pad more than I did. Well off to bed for a few hrs and then back at it again!!