As some of you may remember, last year I participated in a spinning event called Spinzilla for the first time. It’s a week long event and the goal is to spin as much yardage as you possibly can in that week. I had so much fun last year that I was super excited to do it again this year.
This year I was on the Sweet Georgia team again and it was so much fun seeing and spinning with some of the same wonderful people that I spun with last year. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging and I love to see how some of the same colours end up looking so very different when they are spun by different people. It just goes to show that there is the ability to put your own individual mark on anything you do. I’m so grateful to this wonderful group of women for sharing their knowledge, encouragement and friendship this past week. THANK YOU all for an AMAZING week, especially to Grace for being our captain and to Felicia for hosting a team again.
This year, it also felt so good to see how much my spinning has improved from last year. Last year, my yarn was thick, very inconsistent, and hard (spun much too tightly). This year, I can see how much thinner I was able to spin and how much more consistent I was able to be. I’m also thrilled with how much softer my finished yarn is. I can’t wait to start knitting with it!! I see so many gifts for Christmas being made with what I spun last week!
I started out with the very lofty goal of spinning 25 braids, which is about a 1/4 of the stash that I’ve amassed over the last year and a bit of spinning. This is what the bed in the spare/craft room looked like when I was done getting ready.
I didn’t reach my goal but I did spin 10 braids (42 oz of fiber!) in the week. And this resulted in a final batch of handspun that looked like this. Interestingly enough, last year I spun 12 braids and ended up with a lot less yardage!
I also had fun creating this image of the girls using my handspun this year.
And with Eric’s help, we created this photo of our team! I think it really captured the fun we had and it was so great to be able to incorporate as many of our team mates as possible, even if we weren’t all local in Vancouver!