Spinzilla 2014 – Day 6


Its Day 6 and I feel like I’m in the home stretch. Also, I’m feeling the pressure. Tomorrow is the last day and, boy, do I wish I’d made more progress today.

I spun up about 3 ounces of the red/brown Corriedale and Alpaca. I’m guessing that’s 300 – 350 yds. When I went to bed last night, the plan was to fill up two bobbins with it and ply ’em together. By the time I woke up this morning, I’d changed my mind.


That seems to happen to me quite a bit. I’ll wake up with a brand new idea, or a whole new opinion, or a completely different attitude about something. It makes me wonder a) what’s going on at night that puts these new plans in my brain and b) what’s going on during the day that keeps me from making up my freaking mind? Until proven otherwise, I’m blaming it on the feline overlords. 


I woke up thinking about all the brown baby Alpaca in my fiber stash and how awesome it would look plied with the Corrie/Alpaca blend. So, once I had 3 ounces of the Corrie/Alpaca on a bobbin, I switched over to the brown Alpaca. Then I did a wee little bit of testing them out together..

I like it. Here, take a closer look and tell me if you like it as much as I do!

I have a pound of each fiber. The best thing about this new plan is that it will net me 2 pounds of finished yarn. The worst thing about this new plan is that I have to spin two pounds to be finished.

I’m spinning the Corrie/Alpaca worsted with an attenuated draw. It’s coming out pretty smooth. The baby Alpaca (which is so fine that if I inhale too quickly it goes up my nose) is getting a semi-woolen, over-the-fold treatment. During the plying, I’m holding the Alpaca straight out from the wheel and the Corrie/Alpaca at a ninety degree angle. It makes for a tight ply.

Tomorrow is my last day and I gotta make it count. I’ll be spinning up the baby Alpaca as fast as my fingers will go. Then there will be plying. There is no way I’ll finish this project up before the end of Spinzilla but I’ll get as much done as I can. And if you’re wondering what I’ll use the finished yarn for, I’ll give the answer I always give when I’m spinning: I don’t have a clue.

Two pounds of worsted weight yarn could be a lot of things. I foresee plenty of fun, wasted, fun hours on ravelry checking out patterns.

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I do like the brown with the red.
I’m impressed by how much you have finished already and a little bit jealous of all the beautiful yarn you have to keep your busy fingers churning out lovelies all winter.


Thank you!

It feels like I’ve gotten something accomplished this week…. until I look at the size of my fiber stash. Then I realize I haven’t made a dent!


That Could all be blamed on the Yarn Crawl or the imp that sneaked more fiber into your home.
Or you could easily blame the size of your stash on shed pet hair like I do.
No way it is your fault. .