16 October 2015
Last year I spun the same top in the mixed berry colorway. This year I spun the cyan colorway. This was commercial top with some color variation but not too much -- mostly tints and shades of the same hue or closely-related hues, rather than a mix of many disparate colors. I purposely spun a fine three-ply. I ended up with a little bit leftover, which I turned into a 2-ply. The final yarn looks like a solid color, but has just a little variegation. (I am thinking the photo of the finished yarn better represents the color than the photo at left.)
To accomplish this much spinning in a week, I ended up tethered to the spinning wheel for most of the weekend. I watched all my backlogged television recordings, including the second half of Once Upon a Time, season 3, (the story arc with the Wicked Witch of the West) and all of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. Has anybody else noticed that when Rumplestiltskin is at a spinning wheel, the position of his body and hands in relationship to the wheel rarely makes sense? If Robert Carlyle ever comes to Dragon*Con, I must ask him if he knows how to spin.
Monday night the spinners from The Whole Nine Yarns Spinzilla team gathered at the shop to show off their accomplishments and measure their yarns. As you can see from the photograph, most of them used much more colorful fiber than I did. According to our team leader, Chris, we accomplished 24,687 yards of spinning, or about 14 miles!