Spinning the Blues, Still

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These are my bobbins full of blues.  As you can see I spun a lot of blue.  I could not separate them out by color as I had originally intended…because I spun a LOT of blue, lol.  Also I do not have enough bobbins to separate them out by color.  The truth is I think this will work out better anyway.  I look forward to finding out how the different blues pool and interact with eachother.  It will be a blast to see what size this yarn winds up being and if I like it that size or if I will cable it in the end.  Yay, I cannot wait until I start this!

Plying Fun

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I finished spinning my fine blue singles! Yay!  Then I plied up the wool, bamboo, silk, etc, singles I had lying around.  The singles are composed of all of the little bits of batts I had lying around.  Essentially they are my ‘destash’ yarn. It was a lot of fun to spin, even more fun to ply!  I wound up with 212 yards of plied yarn pre-washing.  I haven’t gotten around to washing this yarn yet, I am enjoying the unwashed energy too much right now.

It is always so much fun to see how the yarn will turn out!  Happy Crafting!

WIP, Work in Progress

Whew, I am back to work at all 3 of my jobs. It is a good thing really, I still have at least 1 day off a week and there is only one day where I am out and about for work for 13 hours.  (okay so one week a month I’ll have 2 days with 13 hours but it could still be a lot worse).

Here is some of my spinning progress, I promise there is progress between the two bobbins, lol.  Spinning fine is taking a lot more patience than I thought it would.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve wanted to switch my bobbins out for an empty one so that I can ply up some of the singles I have sitting around.  I’ve resisted!  I will prevail!  When I am done with these singles and have them wound onto bobbins then I will treat myself to some plying of other singles that have been resting for a while.

You’re probably wondering why I have to wind these singles, and to clarify both of these pictures are the same bobbin so I only have one bobbin of singles, onto other bobbins.  Well it is simple and complicated at the same time.  The bobbins that I will be winding onto are weaving bobbins, like the little ones in the bottom left of this picture:

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I have more weaving bobbins right now so it is more efficient to wind them onto these bobbins.  Why?

1. Since I tend to differ in thickness of spinning from one session to the next, no matter how hard I try, transferring my spinning onto bobbins gives me a chance to even these changes out over longer periods creating a more even yarn overall.

2. Since I am spinning long color changes transferring these singles onto smaller bobbins allows me greater control of how those color changes will occur, Will I ply 2 dark sections together? Allow them to ply as they like causing a bit of chaos?  Deliberately ply only dark with light, and similar decisions?  By separating them out I gain more control over my colors.

3. Since I only have 3 true ‘Schacht’ bobbins I have to use them sparingly and reuse them as often as I can.  Currently one is housing some silk that I have yet to finish spinning (that is my ‘treat’ spinning, I love it); another is empty; and this is the third that I am spinning the blues away on.

I hope that this post was illuminating and not confusing.

Happy Crafting!

2 Ply Silk

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On the left is my finished Monet Silk and on the right is some gold silk I  had lying around.  Both are 2 ply and just beautiful, the camera does not do their luster justice.  The Monet wound up being 32 yards and the gold just over 40 yards.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet though it will have to be something pretty special.

I love spinning silk, as soon as I get through this minor bout of obsession I am going to try and translate these skills to spinning my wool with a finer, tighter hand for weaving.

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!

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!

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!