10101 Yards

Last week I made 10101 yards of hand spun yarn.  I knew the Spinzilla competition would help ensure I started working in my new studio right away, and help improve my spinning skills, but I had no idea just how much I could produce.  In fact, even though I prepped hundreds of rolags and had pounds of rescue sheep roving on hand, I quickly turned it all into yarn and wished I had prepped even more.  Who knew I could spin almost a mile a day!?  If I do it again, I think my goal will be a mile of hand spun yarn a day.  Regardless, I'm really proud of my 10101 yards, especially since I learned how to spin less than three months ago.  Now I get to weave and natural dye all the lovely new yarn!  And all that practice certainly made spinning much, much easier.  Most of the yarn was designed specifically for some exciting upcoming weavings.  Now that it's done and all my equipment is in my new studio, it won't be long before I'll be sharing images of my new series of work.

Days of the Spinzilla Week!  Monday is the top step and Sunday is the last step.  All the skeins of yarn are there except one that somehow managed to escape the photography.

Days of the Spinzilla Week!  Monday is the top step and Sunday is the last step.  All the skeins of yarn are there except one that somehow managed to escape the photography.

My lovely assistant was more than happy to photobomb these pictures, sleep in the prepped wool, and sniffvestigate the new yarn throughout the week.

My lovely assistant was more than happy to photobomb these pictures, sleep in the prepped wool, and sniffvestigate the new yarn throughout the week.

I tried to arrange the yarn so I could see just how much fiber it was, but the sun had other plans.  Regardless, it was easy to see how my skills improved over the course of the week.  It turns out I made enough yarn to go from the top of the mountain where we live to the base.

I tried to arrange the yarn so I could see just how much fiber it was, but the sun had other plans.  Regardless, it was easy to see how my skills improved over the course of the week.  It turns out I made enough yarn to go from the top of the mountain where we live to the base.

I really surprised myself when I saw how much yarn I created in only a week.

I really surprised myself when I saw how much yarn I created in only a week.

The icelandic wool I spun on the very first day fit in perfectly with our beautiful trees.

The icelandic wool I spun on the very first day fit in perfectly with our beautiful trees.