Friday, June 20, 2014

Spin Share

I'm working on spinning a little each day, and sharing my progress in this space on Fridays. 
Please join me! Share your spinning progress in comments- I'd love to see your work!

I wished for more spinning time this week, but my spinning fairy didn't show so I spent my limited spinning time this week prepping for what I hope to be a lot of spinning next week. The fiber I'm working with this week is Shetland in a pretty gray from Spunky Eclectic for my SPAKAL sweater. I have 2 pounds of this combed top and I divided it into 1 oz. balls this week in preparation for actually spinning come July 5. 

I also bought some leclerc 6" bobbins to use for storage bobbins and as of right now I'm planning to spin 1 oz. of singles on the wheel, then move that oz. to a storage bobbin. Then when I have about 9 oz. or so done I'll ply those singles and then go back to spinning singles. I had considered spinning all the singles first and then plying at the end, but I'm concerned about what that would do to my arms with so much plying in a row like that. I'm still thinking about it, but this is the plan for now.

Next week I'm going to finish my SPAKAL/Tour de Fleece prep by sampling and getting a good idea of what I'm aiming for in both my single and 3-ply. I'll start by splitting 1 oz. into thirds and spinning each third onto its own bobbin, then ply a small amount of 3-ply to knit with and make sure I'm getting a fabric I'm happy with. If it's not what I want, I'll adjust and spin up some more singles, ply and knit again. I'm planning to be officially ready to spin it up on Saturday July 5th for the Tour!

If you're planning to spin during Tour de Fleece and you need a team, please join us on Team Sasquatch! We would love to have you in this super encouraging group.

Have you been spinning this week? 

Share a link to your spinning progress in comments so that we can come visit your beautiful work!

1 comment:

  1. I have not been spinning at all lately. My goal is to finish carding the fleece I got at NH Sheep & Wool last month so that I can spin that for TDF. So I'm hoping I can get that accomplished by next week! I typically spin two bobbins of singles then ply them. That way my bobbins are always clear and I change up the motion of my hands. Your shetland will make a beautiful sweater. I love Amy's stuff. The next sweater I spin for is one of her designs (and her fiber) - Less is More.


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