Tour de Fleece 2015

Why hello, poor, sad, neglected blog. What have I been up to these last few months? Funny you should ask, I’ve been traveling the country, working 7 days a week, coming home every 4-6 weeks, and generally being far too busy to be an active member of society.

But all things must come to an end, and the project I was working on that allowed me to travel to a new awesome location every week did reach its completion, with nary any upcoming work in sight! Thus began yet another job search. I did indeed secure another job at the beginning of July (hooray!) but it was not to start until the end of the month. What to do between July 4th and July 26th, then, you ask?

Why of course, Tour de Fleece! The spinning “competition” that runs concurrent with the Tour de France just happened to start the day after I got my job offer and end the day before my first day. Well if that’s not meant to be, I don’t know what is. I joined a great number of teams *cough cough* 12 *cough*, made my plans, and then exceeded them! I made a goal to spin 15 braids, just under double what I did last year, but it felt feasible. I don’t have a job to go to right? Right:

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From left to right, they are in the order I spun them:

So that got me through stage 16, or July 20, but I still had a full week before my first day at work. What to do? Well I have this sweater’s worth of Nerd Girl Yarns Falkland (noticing a theme here?) in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,”, maybe I can at least get the singles done…

…five days later:

2015-07-25 12.52.02Yup, three ginormous skeins: 276 grams with 612 yards,  258 grams with 592 yards, and 145 grams with 339 yards. Plus a mini – 25 grams, 53 yards.

So that was a pretty productive tour! Here’s a lovely group shot:

2015-07-25 17.03.39And the totals:
Yards: 8343 yds
Spinzilla Yards (singles + plying): 24,553 yds
Grams: 2400g (2.4kg)
Ounces: 84.6575oz (5.29109 lb)
Braids: 21
Skeins: 18

Hot damn!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015! So every new year, we as humans take some time to set goals for bettering ourselves during the next year, and Miss Anthropy is no exception. I recently started a new job that has me traveling all the time, so with that new beginning, my plans for the upcoming year have evolved a bit. Traveling is both a boon and a burden, especially when it comes to crafting. Knitting is pretty portable, but spinning has become a challenge and weaving has pretty much ceased altogether. So with these things in mind, I present the following goals:

  1. Knit 4 sweaters in 2015. I have many more sweater quantities in my stash than this, but I think if I can do four in a year, I’ll be sitting pretty well. I also have plans to buy more SQs, but we won’t talk about that quite yet.
  2. Knit more from stash, without over-enhancing. Look, I’m addicted to yarn. It’s pretty, it’s squooshy, it comes in so many colors and fandoms…but this year, as every year, I need to pare down my buying, and choose projects from skeins I already have. I could probably stop buying today and still have enough yarn to knit as much as I want for the rest of my life. I know that goal is not remotely going to happen, but seriously, I’m gonna die with a huge stash.
  3. Design at least 2 more shawls. Maybe design some socks. I love designing, but it’s time consuming and can be kinda tedious sometimes. Especially when you think you’ve math’d something correctly but the execution just won’t line up right. I think 2 shawls is a good goal, that’s how many I did in 2014, and I’d like to give sock designing a shot. Smaller canvas, but oh so many possibilities! Plus I need more socks (:
  4. Save up for a Hansen miniSpinner with a WooLee Winder and take it on the road with me. This will help with the spinning issue. In the meantime, I did buy a secondhand Vespera e-spinner from Heavenly Handspinning, which uses the same bobbins as my Navitas wheel. So I will be able to spin on the road fairly easily, but I really want that miniSpinner. And the Akerworks bobbins that fit it (:
  5. Prepare for Christmas shopping, not Christmas knitting. I knit everyone’s presents this year. And by that I mean, I’m still knitting everyone’s presents. Which means for the last 2 months and for the foreseeable future, I am not knitting anything I want to, but focusing entirely on what other people want. Yeah, this does not a happy crafter make. So next year, everyone’s getting store-bought presents.
  6. Make gauge swatches from leftovers. This is especially true with leftovers that I think I might want to make sweaters out of down the line. I need swatches for CustomFit, baby!
  7. Donate yucky yarn. We all start with acrylic yarn. It’s what’s cheap, widely available, and hard wearing. And when you are a yarn hoarder like me, you end up with A LOT of it. So I need to find a local place that will take the yarn, be it for kids crafts or a senior center knitting group. But I need it gone.
  8. Work on filling out the heavier end of the yarn spectrum. I buy pretty much only fingering weight and lace weight, but I’ve recently been considering the benefits of heavier weight yarns. Especially in light of the recent Christmas present debacle.

So that’s what I’m going to work on this year. In addition to trying to blog and podcast more regularly. What are your goals for 2015?

 

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Spinzilla!

So knitting has been a little lax lately, because from October 6-12, The National NeedleArts Association hosted Spinzilla! A contest to spin as many yards as possible in one week – National Spinning and Weaving week, to be exact. I played on Team KnitGirllls, which is one of my favorite podcasts, and our team spun over 96 miles! Spinzilla measures yardage not only for the singles you spin, but also for how much you ply. So when you spin 2 singles and ply them together, you count your yardage 3 times. With that math, I spun 12,485 yards myself! I had 5 skeins at the end of the week, and my handspun stash just keeps on growing. Since I was going for maximum yardage, most of what I spun during this week was lace-weight, but I expect that my two polwarth skeins and probably my falkland spin will poof up to be around light fingering-fingering weight once I soak and set them. The polwarth poof! So here are the final skeins for your viewing pleasure :)

 

Northwest Forest

Squoosh Polwarth – 8 oz, 1800 yards

Stitch this, mate

Nerd Girl Yarns Polwarth, 4oz, 410 yards

Happy Accidents

Spunky Eclectic BFL, 4 oz, 639 yds

Tweedy Harvest

Cupcake Fiber Co. Falkland, 6 oz, 1040 yards

Burdened with Glorious Purpose

Mad Color Fiber Arts Mixed Merino/Silk, 4oz, 648 yards

 

I also recently finished knitting on my SFC sweater, so once I weave in all the ends and wash and block it, I’ll post some photos!