Cruisin’

I can’t give you official numbers yet, but our Spinzilla team continues to impress the heck out of me. It’s pretty amazing how much these gals can spin. The overwhelming sentiment is that we’ve all grown as spinners with the consistent practice that this week pushes us to perform.

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I mean, just take a freaking look at that plying. Whew.

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Full, full bobbins of fine yarn. That’s what’s happening over here with the electric, too:

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Spinning while traveling has been fun, but also difficult to lug around…not because of the Firefly (although I should mention that it is rather heavy), but because of the bulk of all the fiber I’ve brought with me!

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Today’s challenge has been to find something we love about a color we typically don’t like or a fiber that we’ve been avoiding in our stash.

And tomorrow is Selfless Spinning Day! It’s all about giving tomorrow. Spin for someone you love!

On Sunday, we have an in-person meet-up at Handknits in Brattleboro from 12-4pm. Even if you aren’t on our Spinzilla team, you can still come and play, have snacks and spin with fiber friends!

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Mile High Spinning Club…

…has turned into the Mile High Blogging Club, as I had a little run-in with TSA this morning.

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It turns out the Firefly motor looks a might suspicious on the scanner, but one of the guys with a mechanical mind recognized that it was, in fact, a motor, and brought my bag to the examination table. Somehow, during the unpacking and conversing and repacking, a screw was misplaced and, for a while, I thought I couldn’t use the machine. It turns out it’s not as important as I thought it was (I should still be able to spin, just won’t be able to lift up the whole thing by the handle until I jury-rig it), so I’ll be good to go later on today. I’ll have a lot of catching up to do! Check out some of the action so far:

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Haley’s gorgeous work on her Three Feet of Sheep in Tourmaline

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Amy’s beautiful 2-ply, also a Three Feet of Sheep colorway

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Joanna’s action shot

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Stephanie’s prep

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Molly’s busy day

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And my contribution from the other day.

Whew!

Yesterday, our theme/challenge was to try a new-to-you fiber type. Collectively, we tried vegan wool, bison, rose bushes (!!!), Gottland, soffsilk, bamboo, and more!

Today, we’re exploring new techniques.

Also, I am posting this from an airplane. What a strange world we live in! I may not be spinning in my seat, but at least I have knitting. And the internet. Happy spinning, friends!

Ready to rock…what are you spinning?

Spinzilla 2015 is ON!

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Stephanie and are starting with stash from Frabjous Fibers, of course. Ends and scraps and oddments. I’m hoping it pushes me past my self-imposed color boundaries and comfort zones. I’m not really into brights, but here’s my pile:

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Our team members have also started posting photos of fibers ready to roll. This is Amy’s gorgeously well-ordered Three Feet of Sheep in the limited Autumn Leaves colorway on BFL-Silk:

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And I love this peaceful scene of fiber in wait next to a beautiful wheel…

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And Haley even stayed up until after midnight so she could start counting yardage at 12:01. I have to admit I conked out just before I could start counting my own yardage. Oh, well! Cheers to you, Haley!

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Any other teams out there working on challenges during Spinzilla week?

Tomorrow, our challenge is to spin a new-to-us fiber type. Maybe some yak has been lurking about in the stash for a long time, just waiting until the perfect moment to try it out. That moment is now! Er…tomorrow, actually!

Happy spinning, everyone!