Category Archives: Spinning

Stashdown 2017 – July progress

July was dominated by Tour de Fleece. Although I did also knit a sweater the fit wasn’t quite right and it got ripped out and re-worked, not counting for July yardage. Instead all I managed to do was add to my stash as follows:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport).

Total monthly yarn out:  0 yards, 0g
Total monthly yarn in: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Net monthly yarn increase: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 1,650g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,028 yards, 3,018g

Net yarn increase ytd: 2,092.5 yards, (1,122)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 2,950g.

Tour de Fleece 2017 – the victory lap

Just as Chris Froome only had to finish the final stage to with the Tour de France, I managed to complete my spinning in advance of the final day.

I had gone from

TDF 2017 – start

to

TDF 2017 – finish

Spinning up the following fibre:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport). Not bad for a few weeks’ work.

Stashdown 2017 – June progress

June, the halfway point in the year, saw the completion of both knitting and spinning projects, both decreasing and increasing my stash. Let’s see how it all played out.

It began with the completion of another Viajante (aka giant vagina) which I had been working on at Bungay. This used up a total of 2,078 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/viajante-2

I also did a little pre-Tour spinning, turning 100g of Oatmeal BFL into 526 yards (and 113g) of a light fingering weight 2-ply yarn:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/oatmeal-bfl

Another 100g of BFL, this time in a natural brown, was turned into 498 yards (and 101g) of light fingering weight 2-ply:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/brown-bfl-2

The rest of June was spent working on another knitting project that is still a WIP as the Tour de Fleece takes over in July.

Total monthly yarn out:  2,078 yards, 176g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,024 yards, 214g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,054 yards, (38)g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 200g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 6,318 yards, 1,355g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,617.5 yards, 2,805g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,300g.

 

Tour de Fleece 2017 – under starter’s orders

The Tour de Fleece (and Tour de France) are scheduled to start tomorrow and I have selected the fibre I would like to try and spin this year. It is a bit of a stash-busting challenge (which fits in nicely with my 2017 stashdown challenge) and features a wishlist of what I would like to get through over the next 21 days of spinning (I will be taking different rest days to the cyclists).

TDF 2017 – start

In order of spinning there is:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey
  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway
  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway
  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn
  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway
  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway
  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway
  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway
  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre, which should be possible given that I can usual spin 100g of singles on a good day. Add in another third of a day of plying for each 100g spun and it should come out just about right.

Stashdown 2017 – May progress

May saw a net addition to my stash as the only project I managed to complete in month was spinning up 300g (really 315g) of white Southdown top into 1,394 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-southdown

Knitting was perpetrated, but nothing was finished during May.

Total monthly yarn out: 1,394 yards, 315g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn increase:  1,394 yards, 315g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.


Total yarn out ytd: 8,857.5 yards, 3,964g
Total yarn in ytd: 5,294 yards, 1,141g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 3,563.5 yards, 2,823g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,100g.

 

Stashdown 2017 – February progress

February has been a quiet month in terms of stashdown. I started with spinning up some fibre, 300g (really 310g) of Corriedale becoming 1,578 yards of light fingering weight 2-ply.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-corriedale

I then decided to try my hand at weaving to use up some yarn. It had been a few years since I’d used the loom so figured I should have a bit of a test run first. My first experiment with trying to use two heddles to weave a double wide cloth did not go as planned, and ended up in a lot of yarn, 1,007 yards, making its way to the bin (but at least it was cheap leftovers from another project).

I stuck to weaving strips of fabric from my handspun and sewing them together to make a bit of a wobbly blanket (the strips weren’t all of the same length in the end), using up 2,600 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/handspun-breed-blanket

Total monthly yarn out: 3,607 yards, 926g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,578 yards, 310g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 2,029 yards, 616g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 300g.


Total yarn out ytd: 6,885.5 yards, 3,501g
Total yarn in ytd: 3,900 yards, 826g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 2,985.5 yards, 2,675g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 800g.

Stashdown 2017 – January progress

January has come and gone and so too has some of my stash (both yarns and fibre). I started by sorting through my yarn stash and donated yarns that I wouldn’t use to my local Children’s Scrapstore. This got rid of a large chunk which was mostly thick (and cheap) cotton bought to practise the principles of weaving with when I first got my loom.

Unwanted yarn ready to be sent to children's scrapstore tomorrow #stashdown2017

A photo posted by @fakoriginal on

In total that reduced my stash by 3,278.5 yards and 2,575g (remembering that for some of these yarns I have only weight and not yardage).

I also got on with some spinning for a blanket I am planning to weave, starting with 300g of Black Welsh top turning into 1,322 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn (which now weighs 304g)

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/black-welsh

Next I tackled some grey Corriedale fibre, turning what was supposed to be 100g into 524 yards and 105g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/grey-corriedale

Then I spun up 100g of dark brown Corriedale to make 107g of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn totally 476 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/dark-brown-corriedale

Turns out the people I have been buying this fibre from have been overestimating slightly on the weight.

A quick reminder of what I started the year with (adjusted for some white Welsh top that had been spun but not marked as completed at the end of the year):

Yarn:

  • 56,641.8 yards
  • 15.071kg

Fibre:

  • 4.45kg

Total monthly yarn out:  3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total monthly yarn in: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 500g.

Revised totals:

Yarn:

  • 55,685.3 yards
  • 13,012kg

Fibre:

  • 3.95kg

Total yarn out ytd: 3,278.5 yards, 2,575g
Total yarn in ytd: 2,322 yards, 516g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 956.5 yards, 2,059g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 500g.

 

Tepid Sheep 2017

In 2016 I swore off buying any yarn or fibre at all, aiming to reduce my existing stash.

I succeeded in reducing my fibre stash by 3.539kg and my yarn stash by a net 7,108 yards (reducing fibre stash increases yarn stash, so I think I did pretty well here).

I have just checked what I am starting 2017 with and it looks to be 56,265.8 yards/14.969kg of yarn (I don’t have yardage for all of the yarn) and 4.45kg of spinning fibre.

I am going to aim to reduce both stashes as much as possible, but am not banning myself from buying new additions (particularly fibre) this year. With that aim in mind I am going to try and get back into weaving, and also have a good sort through my stash and get rid of items that I am unlikely to ever use (there’s really no point it taking up space).

I can’t be bothered to drag my stash out for a photo session as I did last year, so here’s a public doman picture of some cold-ish looking sheep from Pixabay instead.

Cold Sheep 2016 – October progress

A few small things knitted this month, mostly for submission to magazines. First there was a hat to complement my Diamond Wristers which are to be renamed Peruzzi. This used up 161 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/diamond-hat-2

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/diamond-hat-2

Another hat then followed, using up 110 yards

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/penda-hat

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/penda-hat

and a matching pair of fingerless mittens using up another 110 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/penda-fingerless-mittens

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/penda-fingerless-mittens

All of that good using up of stash was almost completely undone by spinning up 102g of Welsh Mountain fibre into 376 yards of fingering weight yarn.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-welsh

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/white-welsh

But not to fear, for Vestvember is here!

Total monthly yarn out: 381 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 376 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 5 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 102g.


Total yarn out year-to-date: 18,417 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 15,260 yards

Net yarn decrease year-to-date: 3,157 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 3,539g.

Cold Sheep 2016 – July progress

July was never going to be a good month for reducing my total stash (except my fibre stash) due to Tour de Fleece. With a holiday at the end of the month also putting paid to much knitting, the month went a bit like this:

206g Dinorwic – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca) became 1,022 yards of light-fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/dinorwic http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/dinorwic

    206g Pembroke – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca) became 1,072 yards of light-fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/pembroke http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/pembroke

    204g Sheep – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca) became 918 yards of fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/sheep http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/sheep

    209g Organic Polwarth became 1,036 yards of light-fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/polwarth http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/polwarth

    100g Southdown became 284 yards of sport weight chain plied yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/southdown http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/southdown

    197g Marvellous Mauve – (40% Corriedale, 30% BFL, 30% Bamboo) became 760 yards of fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/marvellous-mauve http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/marvellous-mauve

    199g Tudor Dress – (45% Merino, 25% Finn, 25% Silk, 5% Stellina) became 804 yards of fingering weight 2-ply yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/tudor-dress http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/tudor-dress

I did just manage to finish off another test cardigan pattern before the end of the month, which saved my numbers a little bit (but I only just took photos, hence the delay to this blog post). It used up 1,264 yards of fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/test-2

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/test-2

Total monthly yarn out: 1,264 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 5,896 yards

Net monthly yarn increase: 4,632 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 1,321g.


Total yarn out year-to-date: 15,800 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 14,884 yards

Net yarn decrease year-to-date: 916 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 3,437g.