So, this week saw the first anniversary of the death of my Mother, and it's been very hard, for a number of reasons...
But, it was made a lot easier because I spent the week trying to spin as much yardage as I could in 7 days, with a bunch of truly AMAZING and inspiring people.
Goodness knows what I would have done without the focus, to be perfectly honest. I was just able to lose myself in the spinning process, concentrate on something other than this very heavy weight bearing down.
Of course, I had something to spin for... I want to make a 'Hopoholic' from Knittyspin, designed by Rachel Brown.
I did a bit of planning a preparation beforehand, of course... I chose 3 fibres to work with Jacob/Bamboo (70/30), Merino D'Arles from John Arbon and our Spinzilla team was sponsored by Curtis Wools, so I used their Shetland for the third ply.
I spun and dyed a sample beforehand, then knitted it up, just to make sure I was happy with the fabric the over-dyed yarn made...
I managed 147g of my tricolour yarn...
To explain the rules a little... You get the yardage for each ply you spin, then a yardage allowance for then plying it all together ... as mine was a 3 ply I managed 1059.6 Spinzilla yds ... was very hard going, 3 days work ! ! !
Spinning solid coloured fibres was quite boring actaully, so I decided to make Friday (Day 5) a 'Friday Fun Spin' (FFS of course), and I grabbed the most colourful thing I could find in my stash, and made a *beautiful* 80g 3ply 100% Merino barber-poled skein, which brought my total yardage on Sunday evening (last day) to 1756 Spinzilla yards... so close to a mile!!!
'For Fuchs Sake'
I have called this skein 'For Fuchs Sake'... which is a result of a Twitter conversation about the correct spelling of Fuchsia :P
I couldn't stop there! So, I worked like a crazy person to get the Mile, and finished spinning/plying 47g of the Curtis Wools Shetland at 11.30 pm... half an hour before it was over... PHEW ! ! !
So here it is, total yarn spun, with a Spinzilla Yardage of 2128 yds, which equates to 1.21 miles :)
To say I am happy, and really proud of myself is an understatement.I didn't even think I would make 1000yds, let alone over a mile.
I am also so proud to have been a part of it all with the awesomely talented Handspinning News UK team, led by the lovely Sheila
We all challenged ourselves to the limit, supported each other when the going got tough, and moreover, I think we had a lot of fun and made some new friends.
What's not to love about that??
Bring on next year!!!