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Wheel Wednesday: 15 in 2015

February 11, 2015

I have been trying to participate in the whole 15 in 2015. Which essentially means, 15 minutes of (in this case) spinning a day in 2015. I have been trying to primarily do this via my drop spindles and I can definitely see some serious progress. Of course the main love in this respect is my Bossie (thanks again Marja!)

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This fiber is Malabrigo nube in the Archangel colorway. I am working my way through the four ounces with no real focus in terms of color order. I end up creating little fiber nests out of a section of fiber that I pre-draft. I do the pre-draft because of previous experience with Malabrigo and it being ridiculously hard to spin. Doing this extra step seems to make it a lot easier to spin, so much so that I am tempted to get my first braid out and try again.

I am thinking I will just mash this up into a two ply and see what happens, maybe another Age of Brass and Steam shawl (no rhyming next time I promise!)

To be fair (and on point to the post title) I have also made a point to get some spinning done on my wheels. Right now my main focus has been on my prelude, Beatrice. I have been trying to be a bit more consistent in not only spinning thin, but also trying not to treadle too fast. I took the advice of Shells and not only moved to the largest whorl but I also reduced my tension, which was already making a big difference. When combined with the more deliberate treadling speed I think I am managing to produce more consistent and hopefully not overspun singles.

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I started with this fiber, some Falkland from Edgewood Garden Studios. This is the Scotch Broom colorway and it is a lovely combination of tans, light and dark oranges and deep green with pops of almost granny smith apple green. It is just beautiful and makes me think of Autumn. The Falkland is a new to me spin, and is quite coarse, especially compared to the merino on the Bosworth spindle mentioned above. I find it seems to have a decent staple length and there does seem to be a fine mix of light and dark-colored fiber mixed in. It definitely won’t make the smoothest, nor the softest yarn ever, but it is still very lovely to watch spin up.

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My favorite bit is that bright green that seems to pop up every so often. I am thinking I might try to chain-ply this, or I may attempt a traditional 3 ply. I feel like preserving the color, but I would be open to suggestions if you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments.

I am happy that I have decided to try the 15 in 2015, aside from improvement in my spinning on the spindles and wheels it just feels nice to actually take that time out of my day to just focus on the spinning. Now I do sometimes have a podcast going, but more often than not I find myself just sitting down with some classical music at the end of the day, usually before we go to bed and just spinning.

Have you tried the 15 in 2015? Do you try to spin each day, or do you have time set aside during the week, month when you just spin?

If you don’t spin, have you considered picking it up? If so what has been the biggest hold back for you?

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7 Comments
  1. I spin almost daily for at least 10 – 15 minutes. It makes a huge difference in working through the fiber stash. 🙂

  2. Marja permalink

    I spin daily…..at least for a few minutes. It grounds me. I really think I would be quite sour without it. My 15 in 15 is a goal of spinning 15lbs in 2015. I of course did not think of this but joined a spin along on Ravelry. I think I’m on track so far. I have a little over a pound completed but at least a pound in various stages of becoming yarn currently.

  3. bluewillowknits permalink

    I love the colors! I’m a newbie spinner-working on the ladybug. Working hard to get something consistent.

  4. I so want to learn to spin

  5. I want to do it, but I much prefer wheel spinning to the more portable sort. I’m also hating my current fiber 😛

  6. Great idea – 15 in 15! I might do that to make sure I get more knitting in this year!

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