Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sprint

Yesterday I looked at the calendar and saw that there were 7 whole days left in February. This made me realize/remember several things:

1. I like setting smallish challenges for myself based on deadlines (which don't always work out in my favor, but my brain is mean sometimes and likes to give me more reasons to beat myself up over small failures).

2. Various roving type things that live on my bookshelves have been throwing themselves at me as I pass (no cats were involved, even).

3. I didn't bring any spinning with me on our ski trip.

4. I still had access to the internetz to read about spinning, look at pretty pictures of finished spinning projects and generally create desire to play with fluff while I had no access to fluff for over a week.

5. My wheel has been giving me dust-covered sad faces every time I walk by it.

6. Macaroni and Cheese is Really Good.

With the exception of that last one, which was a bit odd, all those reasons made me decide to do a mini spin-a-thon with myself. The rules are simple: expend energy, convert fluff to yarn. Every day. I'm not going to post any goals because my brain is a fickle mistress that changes what it wants to work on every 2.8 seconds. Without further ado, I give you:

Day 1
I started with this on my wheel:
And ended with this:
Corgi Hill Farm merino/bamboo/silk (50/25/25) in Japanese Maple. 2oz of singles spun, to be paired with the other 2oz when I get to it. ~.25oz spun today to finish this half.

2nd, I plied up 2oz of my grey fleece, unknown yardage, 2ply against itself from a center pull ball on my wheel (pics a bit further down).

3rd, I busted out some batts from North Star Alpacas
which are lovely and sparkly and soft and fluffy and I'm pretty sure my 10-yr-old self would totally disown me for even looking at them much less buying them. The batts are a combination of everything under the sun: alpaca, shetland, angora, cormo, tencel, mohair, bfl and sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle. I had so much fun spinning it up.

So. Much. Fun.


The one I spun up today (I have 5 of them, 6oz total) was this one:
And the singles looked like this:
And the only pictures I have of it plied up are these:

which are not ideal. I still have to figure out how to do close up awesome pictures that capture sparkle and texture. I'll try to get better ones tomorrow.

I was going for lumpy whatever-it-wants-to-do yarn, which I did get with the singles, but after I plied it it evened out like craazy. It's still a bit uneven, but way less than I though it would be. I can't wait to see what the other 4 batts do. I never quite understood the pull of art yarn- from over here it looked like excellent spinners were putting out wonky, weird and not ideally useful skeins- until now. Now I'm totally sold on the idea. It was so much fun to just throw aside my super high expectations of smoothness and precision and just spin loose and dirty and blow through the batt in no time at all. It was a great pick-me-up, and I didn't even need one!

Day 1 Totals: 1.5oz spun, 3.2oz plied, 2 skeins finished, 1 drive band broken.

Now I'm going to go repair my drive band and nom some mac & cheese. Happy fibering!

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