Monday, September 28, 2015

One Week til Spinzilla!

Spinzilla is almost here! In just one week, I'll be spinning with my excellent teammates on Team Louet North America. This is my third time spinning with Team Louet (and also serving as the team captain), and I think we are definitely in contention for unseating Team Fancy Tiger Craft for first place.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been prepping a LOT of rolags for Spinzilla using my new Louet Blending board. Part of this is because the blending board is just so incredibly fun & addicting to use - but the other part is because I am going to be traveling for the second half of the event, and I want to make sure that I have plenty of fiber that is easy to use while on-the-go. Small, portable rolags seem tailor-made for travel spinning!

This year, I am going to take a totally different approach to my Spinzilla spinning: I don't plan on plying ANY of my projects til after the event. I have plied in years past, and I just want to try something new, especially since I don't see myself plying while traveling. Of course, that poses some challenges: first, I only have so many bobbins for each wheel. Second, I'll need a way to measure the yardage of my singles which doesn't involve using my niddy noddy (winding my singles off on a niddy noddy will add another step later down the road, because I will have to transfer the singles back onto a bobbin to ply).
The solution came to me one day out of the blue: why not use my ball winder to wind the singles into center-pull balls which I can use to easily ply from later on? From there, I can use a yarn balance to calculate the yardage of each single. I'll just have to take care to label each ball and keep everything well-organized until it's time to ply. I think I can handle that!
I plan to take my travel-friendly Louet Victoria wheel with me, along with my 3-D printed Turkish spindle from Turtlemade. Here's hoping I'm able to keep up with everyone else on my team, we've got some pretty prolific spinners amongst us!

2 comments:

  1. Wooohoo! So I totally forgot to sign up for Spinzilla and it looks like Team Louet is all full on the registration... do you know if that's true? Can I sneak on somehow? If not, it's fine, I just figured I'd ask as I enjoyed spinning along on the team last year!

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    1. Hey Alicia! It is indeed true - our team filled up within the first week of signups, pretty crazy, right? Alas, I can't sneak you on unless someone else bows out before October 2. We'll totally miss you, but I hope you will spin along in spirit as a rogue or on one of the teams that needs a few more members to compete - found here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/spinzilla/3277944/101-125#102

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