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!
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.