Living and crafting on the unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations

October 16, 2015

Episode 106

{show notes ~ episode one oh six}

Still waiting on baby!  On today's show I talk about the fleece auction I went to last weekend, my finished POP Blanket, Spinzilla 2015, some test spinning I'm doing for my next woolen spinning project, as well as a whole bunch of handspun I've had waiting in the wings for months.

Spunky Eclectic September 2015 Fiber Club. Squash Blossom colorway, corriedale. 576 yards/115 grams. 3-ply (chain plyed).
Spunky Eclectic September 2015 Fiber Club Spun Up

It's a little bit of a longer show today, but I very likely won't be recording for a few weeks, so hopefully it makes up for that.  

{works in progress}

{finished objects}


Last weekend I attended the Lower Mainland Sheep Producer's Association annual public event, the Wool 'n Ewe A-Fair, which was held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC.  They don't currently have the 2016 dates listed yet.  I share some footage of this event, and talk a little bit about one of my favourite local vendors.


{hand spinning}

Spinzilla has wrapped up for 2015!  I ended up spinning 'rogue' this year, after giving up my spot on Team Sweet Georgia when it looked like I'd only be able to spin for 2 days of that week.  I ended up being able to spin the whole time, but my yardage was not nearly what it was last year.

I spun up some beautifully prepped and dyed corriedale from Spunky Eclectic, which I had just received as part of the September 2015 Fiber Club.  I only managed to spin the one braid of fiber, and plyed it up the day after Spinzilla ended (no plying credit for me on this one).

My final Spinzilla 2015 stats: 576 yards of 3-ply (I chain plyed / Navajo plyed it up), which gave me a total Spinzilla yardage of 1,728 yards (just shy of 1 mile).  Doesn't seem like much in comparison to my almost 7,000 yards last year, but I think I actually enjoyed the process much more this year.

Currently I'm working on spinning up some white Shetland roving from Custom Woolen Mills in Alberta.  I'm using my Hansen Mini Spinner with the WooLee Winder flyer and finding that with the proper tweaks to take-up and speed, it really sings for spinning long draw. 



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