Spinzilla 2017 Is Done

Spinzilla 2017 ended on October 8th, and although I didn’t quite match my yardage from Spinzilla 2015, I did pretty damn well this year.

All the yarn was spun from Sweet Georgia fiber club selections. I spun and plied it all on my Schacht Flatiron except for one skein that was spun on the Flatiron but plied on my Schacht Ladybug.

The Sweet Georgia Spinzilla team was great. The moderator ran the Ravelry Group and team to perfection. She was supportive and kind, as were all the team members. And as if it wasn’t enough that we all got to be part of such a great team, Sweet Georgia (aka Felicia Lo) sent me this to thank me for being on the team.

Yes, that’s a braid of fiber and a water bottle. There is also a card included with a coupon code.

The other side of the water bottle. I love that it’s in Sweet Georgia’s signature color, hot pink.

Really, I should be thanking her (and did thank her) for welcoming me to the Sweet Georgia team. It was an honor and a privilege to represent Sweet Georgia Yarns during Spinzilla.

I don’t think I’ll be doing Spinzilla again. It’s just a little too intense for me. But I don’t regret participating this year.

Spinzilla 2017 Is Almost Here

I took a little break from spinning to finish up some mitts for the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics 17 Points in 2017 Challenge on Ravelry. This year’s challenge is very much an individual one in that the group came up with a list of things that get points and we decide for ourselves just how we add them up. In previous years, there were limits on how many points you could get in various categories, but that ended up being a lot of work for the volunteer moderators who oversee the challenge. This year the group decided to make the group’s challenge less burdensome on the moderators. The participants decide for themselves how many times they can use any given category and tailor the level of challenge to their own needs and desires.

I decided that I would not use any category more than once, and as of last night, I have accumulated 16 points. Only one more point to go. But the next pair of mitts will have to wait until after Spinzilla.

Sixteen points’ worth. The mitts on the lower right are the most recent pair. I finished them last night before I went to bed.

I have also done some Spinzilla preparation. I have gotten the fiber I plan to spin all prepped, stripped, whatever, and I have written down just how I plan to spin and ply each fiber.

All the fiber is from Sweet Georgia Yarns in Vancouver, BC. I don’t know whether I will be able to spin and ply all of it in one week, but I sure as hell am going to try.

 

And in case you were wondering whether I have been able to keep my Introvert Room tidy, you can judge for yourselves.

I think my desk is still pretty tidy.

The “trash” corner is looking good!

On the right side of the top of the piano are the bags of fiber I plan to spin during Spinzilla.

My reading corner is still looking neat. Notice there are no empty Pepsi bottles anywhere. LOL

The book shelves are still relatively neat. I have two bobbins of plied yarn on one of the shelves that need to be wound off before Spinzilla begins.

It’s even still tidy behind the door!

The “After” Pictures

Let’s hope I can keep things tidy until the start of Spinzilla. I think the odds are 50-50.

The desk area is much neater now.

The “trash” corner is no longer overflowing with stuff. I have my two project bag on the floor beside the wastebasket because I do most of my knitting while sitting at my computer watching movies and TV series on my computer.

Now I can sit at the piano.

My reading corner is looking good!

The book shelves are a little less cluttered.

It even looks pretty good behind the door.

Spinzilla Preparation #1

Spinzilla is coming up in a few weeks (October 2-8) and after taking a break last year, I decided to give it a go this year. I am on Team Sweet Georgia, and I will be spinning some of the fiber I have accumulated from my Sweet Georgia Fibre Club. I’m free to spin whatever fiber I desire; it doesn’t have to be Sweet Georgia fiber. But my Sweet Georgia fiber is what I want to spin. More on that later, as we get closer to the start of Spinzilla. But first…

Preparation is important when one is planning to do a shit-ton of spinning is a short, set period of time, and my first step in preparing for Spinzilla is to tidy up my Introvert Room, the room where I putz around on my computer and do much of my reading, knitting, and spinning. I am not a natural neatnik, so I have to make an effort to keep things tidy. As you can see from these “before” pictures, I don’t make all that much of an effort at tidiness in my Introvert Room.

A messy desk is a sign of a cluttered busy mind.

Yes, my wastepaper basket is overflowing. And there are some boxes that need broken down for recycling. And there are two project bags on the floor. And some yarn that needs put away. And a piece of popcorn that escaped from my reading area on the other side of the room. I told you I’m not a neatnik.

There’s way too much stuff in the piano corner. Way. Too. Much.

The reading corner. Yes, it’s really that bad. And yes, that is an empty band-aid box on the red ottoman. And an empty Pepsi bottle on the table.

There’s way too much clutter on my book cases. I blame the Tour de Fleece. 😆

I’ll even give yinz a peek behind the door.

Today* I am going to tidy up, and when I have finished, I will post “after” pictures to prove I did what I said I would do.

*It might take me more than one day to tidy up, it’s that messy.

Post-TDF Spinning 

I will soon have some knitting to share with yinz, but until then, here’s some spinning for your viewing pleasure.

Spunky Eclectic Carpe Diem on Farmer’s Woolpool Sheepswool from the March 2017 Spunky Club. It’s a 2-ply that I spun on my Ashford Traveller and plied on my Schacht Ladybug.

Spunky Eclectic TACO on Polwarth from the November 2017 Spunky Club. This is another 2-ply that I spun on my Schacht Flatiron and plied on my Ladybug.

Last but not least is another Spunky fiber, from the June 2017 Spunky Club in the color way Cold Feet on Cheviot. Mmmmm. Cheviot. I am spinning it on the Flatiron and I hope to end up with a 2-ply sock yarn.

Tour De Fleece 2017––The Finish Line

Yesterday was Sunday is the final day of the TdF, and I spent the day Friday winding my final skein, taking pictures, and washing the skeins. I am very pleased with all my TdF yarns and look forward to knitting with them.

ITW Elevenses in the Shire before it was washed. I love how the browns and greens ended up blending when I plied this yarn.

All seven of the skeins I completed during the TdF. All the fiber is Into The Whirled. This picture was taken before the skeins were washed.

My TdF skeins are getting a nice soak in Eucalan in my kitchen sink.

The skeins are drying. After soaking them in Eucalan, which is a no-rinse wool wash, I squeezed out as much water as I could by hand, then put the skeins in my washing machine and ran the spin cycle. This removed a lot more water than I can remove by pressing the skeins in a towel, and as a result, the skeins are just about completely dry 24 hours later.

The skein at the upper front on the right, the one with the bright blue, was singled out for special treatment. It’s the fiber that I spun long draw to make a woolen-spun yarn. I finished it separately from the other skeins. I first soaked and agitated it in very hot water, then shocked it with very cold water, then put it back in the very hot water, then in the very cold water, repeat a couple more times. After abusing my yarn in this manner, I pressed the excess water out of it, then I took it out to the front steps and thwacked the bejeebers out of it on the concrete steps. The purpose of this abuse is to slightly full the fibers and even out some of the inconsistency in the yarn. The finished yarn has a lovely halo and is light and airy. Light and airy is the whole reason for woolen spun, or the main reason anyway.

The Tour de Fleece 2017 has been a roaring success, and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Ravelry and the Ravelry groups Schacht Spinners, Tour de Fleece, and Into The Whirled who organized the teams I was on. The teams provide encouragement, support, help, and praise, and give us a forum for showing off our achievements. The Ravelry community is the best community on the Internet.