Spinzilla Final Counts!

So yeah, I fell behind on posting daily like I had planned to, but I didn’t want to stop spinning! Instead, here is one post with everything in it.

My totals are 1,811.8 yards, 2.05lbs, 1.02  miles spun. Spinzilla counts are 3,469.4 yards and 1.97 miles. Either way I spun over one mile of yarn! Last year I made it over two, but I didn’t spin as often this time because I had other things going on.

I have labeled the pictures with the names of the companies the fiber was from, and colorway if available, in case anyone is curious.

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Fox Hill Farm – Cormo

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Loop – Sea Nymph – Merino

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Curly & Ewe – unknown

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Cobble Rock – Alpaca/Angora

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Greenwood Fiberworks – Arcade – Yak/Silk

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Loop – Cornucopia – Merino

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Space Cadet – Thrive – Merno/Silk

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And a group shot!

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Spinzilla Day Three

Today I spun up 100% Cormo fiber from Foxhill Farm. 64 yards n-ply. Cormo is a favorite of mine to spin. If you are a spinner and have not yet spun this wool, then make sure to try it out sometime. You won’t regret  it!

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squishy!

Spinzilla Days One and Two

It’s that time of the year again…Spinzilla! Spinzilla started yesterday at 12:01am. I did not start spinning until I got home from work. I got one skein done and I just finished some singles that I will ply tomorrow.

Yesterday – Alpaca/Angora blend. You’ve never felt anything softer! 88yards, 2ply (I’ll be adding up Spinzilla yards later).

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Fiber is from CobbleRock Ridge Farm, LLC (bought at The Fiber Festival of New England)

I just now finished spinning the singles of this and will ply tomorrow. 50/50 Yak/Silk blend. Also super soft and also very shiny.

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Fiber is from Greenwood Fiberworks, colorway “Arcade” (bought at NY Sheep and Wool a.k.a Rhinebeck)

Tonight was my teams first spin in which is where I spun most of the second one up. This year, like usual, I am on Team Webs! I love have such an amazing store as my local yarn shop. The people there are super nice and there is an amazing selection of products. Our next team spin in is on Thursday, with a pj party on Saturday, then the final burst on Sunday. I can’t wait!

 

Tour de Fleece – Finished!

At the beginning of the month, July 6th to be exact, part of my spinning wheel broke. I contacted MerlinTree for a replacement part and he said he’d send it right away…except I was having issues with my email which caused a delay. I did not get the part until this past Saturday, late afternoon. I immediately changed out the broken part and then spun like a crazy lady for the rest of Saturday all day yesterday. I lost two weeks of spinning but I wasn’t going down without a fight!

Here are the yarns I managed to spin up Saturday and yesterday. I finished the last one at 11:45pm!

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Monster Mash

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Monster’s Inc.

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Rubies and Amathyst

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Sapphire Skies

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Smoke and Mirrors

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Witches Brew

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Black Opal

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Changes

While I was spinning, I was putting finished skeins into a bin I had picked up for my craft area. When I took all the skeins out to take a group shot, my cat immediately jumped into it.

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This is Black Jack

Here is the group shot of all the yarn I spun up in a little over a week. I spun up a total of 3.69 lbs (pounds!) of fiber. I won’t know yardage until I wash all the skeins. I don’t know when I’ll do that.

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16 Skeins of yarn, 3.69lbs of fiber spun.

I am already looking forward to Spinzilla in October. Then the weekend after that is NY Sheep and Wool, a.k.a Rhinebeck. So I’ll get to restock up on fiber. Yay!

Spin on!

Let’s play with Tapestry

While I am still waiting on the part for my wheel (apparently there was a mishap with the email so he never got my address), I picked up this pretty Hokett tapestry loom when I went to Webs the other day. I’ve tried to do tapestry before on my Cricket, but a rigid heddle is just not meant to hold high enough tension, and the angle is wrong. I got this little loom to play around with. I also  have a Mirrix Big Sister (16″) on order that should be here tomorrow.

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Hokett Tapestry kit in exotic wood

I started weaving with scraps of acrylic and my handspun. I really did not like the look of the acrylic so I unwove it. I decided to just use my handspun. I’m not too far yet, but here’s what I got so far.

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My simple tapestry so far.

I can’t wait until my Mirrix arrives. I’ve wanted one for awhile now and ordered it for myself for my birthday present. I also ordered a tapestry kit and bought the class that goes with it, so I’ll be doing that.

Hopefully the part to my wheel will be in early next week (maybe Saturday if it gets shipped out today). I really am sad at missing so many days of spinning, but my spindles are just killing my shoulder so I can’t spin at all. At least I got some things done up, so I’m happy with that.

Tour de Fleece – Day Eight

I am still waiting for the replacement part for my wheel. Hopefully it has been shipped out and will arrive any day now. I had not spun for the past couple of days and I was already missing it.

I do have spindles, two Turkish spindles and two drop, so I decided to use one of them. I went with on of my Snyder Turkish spindles, the one I actually had not used yet. The reason I had not started spindling when my wheel broke is because I have a bad right shoulder do to a sports injury. I am right handed.

I started spinning anyway and ignored the pain in my shoulder. I probably should not have spun for so many hours straight (seven!) but when I spin, I hate stopping until I finish what I’m spinning. Spindling is so much slower than a wheel. It took me about seven hours to spin up 1.75 oz of fiber. I can normally do a whole Loop bump (avg between 5-6 oz) in an hour and a half.

Anyway, it is now done except for plying. I will not be plying on a spindle and may leave this as singles. It is still on the spindle but I want to show it off anyway to show that I’ve spun something!

This is my first time spinning one of these. I think it counts as pencil roving. Very easy and nice to spin. I’ll definitely pick up some more when I see them. The colors are great too. The colorway for this one is “Royal”.

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Shoppel “Royal”

And on the Turkish spindle.

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Turtle!

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Multiple colors!

I will probably spin some more on my Turk but I’ll try and be better about taking breaks. I’ll be going out at some point today to buy some veggies so that will be at least an hour break.

Spin on!

Tour de Fleece – Day Five

Tonight I almost finished spinning up another Loop bump, this one “Smoke & Mirrors.” I plan to ply it with another bump I spun up another time that is lighter shades of grey. Or I’ll ply it with River Rocks I spun the other day.

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Smoke & Mirrors

I only have about an ounce or so left. It is a bit lighter than the light grey you see in the above picture. What stopped me from finishing?

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SNAP!

I have already sent a message to Merlin Tree in hopes of getting that leather part replaced. I tried spinning single treadle, but I just couldn’t get it to work. I have a team spin in tomorrow after work that I’ll be taking a Turkish spindle to instead.

Spin on!

 

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