Spinzilla 2016

Last year I wrote about how I joined Spinzilla and how much fun I had.  This year I decided to join Team Louet North America again (defending champions!) with a goal to spin more than I spun last year.  Last year I managed to finish 12.8oz (363g) and 3477 total Spinzilla yards (Spinzilla counts yardage spun as singles as well as plying yardage).

Next I moved on to selecting fibers to spin for this year’s competition.  Since fall is here and a slight chill is in the air, I have been motivated to knit all kinds of wooly, warm things.  A few weeks ago I saw a post by designer Annika Barranti (Noir Knits) called Sowerby.  It is a garter stitch shawl that looks so very cozy for the fall.

Sowerby, Designed by Annika Barranti, pattern available for purchase on Ravelry for $5.00

I immediately went stash diving for fiber to spin.  I came up with a combination spin of very similar colorways.  The braids are all from Southern Cross Fibre.  The first is from the 2014 collection of semi-solids and is called Wine Tasting, dyed on South African Superfine Merino.  The second is a semi-solid from a club offering in late 2015 and is called Protea, dyed on South African Superfine Merino and Silk. I am in love with this spin!

Since I have two braids each of the above fibers, that alone is a pound of spinning to complete.

Even so, I decided I’d better have another spin lined up just in case I tear through those spins.  I also decided I’d get back to spinning for my Hap Shawl project that I started during Tour de Fleece.  I’ve got 4oz of singles already spun (these are ineligible for Spinzilla credit), but I have 12oz more to spin of this Corriedale Cross from Fat Cat Knits in the Smoke colorway.

So far this week I’ve spent about 4 hours at the wheel each night.  More news next week when the results are in!


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