For a while there it was all Spinzilla all the time, wasn’t it?! Well, I’m happy to say that today I can not only put Spinzilla to bed for the year, but I can also present you with a photo-rich recap of my spinning for my monster of a spinning week. I finally managed to photograph all my skeins and I even uploaded them into Ravelry. I’ll admit am overly proud of this fact because it isn’t a super speedy or exciting task, especially when I have such a fantastic knit on the needles and spin on the wheel.
In any case, since Spinzilla recommends measuring before washing (I usually measure after), I’m sharing those measurements here today. I’ve yet to remeasure the post-bath yardage, but on average I lose about 10yards in the wash.
Without further ado, meet my skeins!
My first spin was Blooming Treasures.
My 100% BFL Damselfly braid I spun into fraternal twins.
After Damselfly, I kind of had to see how my Dragonfly compared, so I went to it.
I spun my braid of Night Light into fraternal twins, too. Like Damselfly, one is a traditional 3-ply and one is chain plied.
Together I have about 242yards of sport weight yarn. Again, I’d aimed for fingering weight sock quantities, but come up short. I’m thinking I may have to be a little creative to use these… or I will just knit from the toe up and get as far as I get.
For a change of pace, I flipped to a couple heavier weight spins later in the week. My superwash targhee braid of String of Hearts fit the bill.
I also took 4oz of superfine merino in the Rattlesnake colorway and created the smooshiest skein in the history of smooshiness.
And finally, having wrapped up all my other spins by about noon on the final day, I decided to just go for it with one final braid. I decided to employ my Very Fast Flyer, but I knew it would still be a long-shot that I finish the singles and plying by midnight. With my husband’s amused encouragement, I just went for it. And the result…
All in all I spun 28oz of fiber into 1706yards of yarn during Spinzilla week. I won’t get into details, but this is way more than I really expected to spin. It happened, literally, because everyone in my house except me became woefully sick. What a weird silver lining! Anyhoo, my Spinzilla total is ridiculous. It’s not like the long draw heroes who literally spin like 30,000-50,000yards of yarn in a week, but considering my life and how I spin, 6,546yards of Spinzilla creditable yards was a lot for me — much more than I anticipated logging. I highly doubt I’ll ever top that, nor do I really think I want to. I seriously can’t imagine wanting to push beyond what I did. To me, this week was a success because I was able to spin my fill, but I took care of myself, too. A big part of our team’s outlook was to focus on spinning while still being good & true to ourselves. I kept up with my exercise routine and ate decently (thanks to my hubby for taking over a fair bit of the cooking!). I stopped when I was tired and got my normal amount of sleep. And when Spinzilla ended, I still felt good enough in mind and body to pick up a new project and keep spinning. For me, the fact that I still wanted to spin the Monday after, that I was still excited and my body felt unphased, that reassured me that I’d done my week right.
All in all, my first Spinzilla was a good Spinzilla. A good way to test the waters and see what I could do. And what fun; to devote a week to spinning, to spin with a fantastic group of ladies, and to come away with so much pretty yarn. It was a monster of a spinning week indeed!