Category Archives: Spinning

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.

 

Tour de Fleece 2016 – round up

The Tour de Fleece ends today, and as Chris Froome crosses the line in Paris to be awarded his third yellow jersey I earn my own third virtual yellow jersey with the completion of my third Tour de Fleece. I went from a stretch target of 1.55kg of fibre, to a finished yardage of 5,896 yards of new handspun.

From

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to

with only two of the fibres unspun.

It all got spun up 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

See the gallery below for a day-by-day replay of the Tour.

Cold Sheep 2016 – June progress

Just the two big knitting projects to record as progress in my 2016 cold sheep challenge this month, with no spinning (since there will be plenty of that in Tour de Fleece in July).

First was a wraparound/waterfall cardigan using a total of 1,919 yards of handspun: a mixture of Hilltop Cloud Imperial Explosion, white Shetland, and a little bit of white superwash BFL (when the Shetland ran out).

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/rhaeadr-cardigan

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/rhaeadr-cardigan

Next up was a new design (shortly to enter testing) for another wraparound/waterfall cardigan, this time using 1,366 yards of white superwash BFL handspun which I may or may not dye later.

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

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

Total monthly yarn out: 3,285 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards

Net monthly yarn decrease: 3,285 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.


Total yarn out year-to-date: 14,536 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 8,988 yards

Net yarn reduction year-to-date: 5,548 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 2,116g.

Tour de Fleece 2016 – preparation

Tour de Fleece 2016 is just around the corner and this year I have committed to ‘ride’ for teams Hilltopcloud (my favourite indie dyer) and lovers of Ashford UK (my wheel is an Ashford Joy 2). It’s 21 days of spinning (and a couple of rest days too), so I thought I would set myself a challenge in terms of the amount of fibre I would try and get through. I don’t think I will manage it all, but here it all is.

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The plan is to spin it in the following order (oldest to newest):

  • 200g Dinorwic – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca)
  • 200g Pembroke – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca)
  • 200g Sheep – (50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk, 12.5% Baby Alpaca)
  • 200g Organic Polwarth
  • 100g Southdown
  • 200g Marvellous Mauve – (40% Corriedale, 30% BFL, 30% Bamboo)
  • 200g Tudor Dress – (45% Merino, 25% Finn, 25% Silk, 5% Stellina)
  • 130g Winter Moss – (100% Suffolk)
  • 120g Eclipse (100% Exmoor Blueface)

That’s a hefty 1.55kg of fibre, which would make a nice dent in my fibre stash for cold sheep 2016, but will also add a significant amount of yardage to my yarn stash.

 

 

Cold Sheep 2016 – May progress

It might not look like a lot of progress in terms of photos, but in terms of yardage May was a big one with 1,549 yards of handpsun being used in a long cardigan

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/casual-friday

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/casual-friday

and 500g of superwash BFL fibre being spun into 2,440 yards of 2-ply fingering weight (making this a net increase in yardage for the month (again)). July will see another large net increase with Tour de Fleece, so June is all about knitting.

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

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

Total monthly yarn out: 1,549 yards
Total monthly yarn in: 2,440 yards

Net monthly yarn increase: 891 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 500g.


Total yarn out year-to-date: 11,251 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 8,988 yards

Net yarn reduction year-to-date: 2,263 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 2,116g.

Cold Sheep 2016 – April progress

A third of the way through the year, and my first net increase to stash in the year. It won’t be as bad as July though, when the Tour de Fleece will have me spinning for almost three weeks solid. I am still ahead of the game in the year overall.

I turned my Diamond Wristers pattern into gloves, using up 317 yards of yarn in the process

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/diamond-wristers-4

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/diamond-wristers-4

I then turned to my fibre stash, spinning up 98g of grey Jacob into 452 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

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

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

This was quickly followed by 100g of white Jacob being spun into 456 yards of fingering weight

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

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

Time after that to use up some yarn, so a total of 1,277 yards went into a sparkly fingering weight sweater (I am getting quite the collection of these this year)

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/toor-toor

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/toor-toor

Finally there was time to spin up another 208g of fibre into 954 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

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

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

Total monthly yarn out:  1,594 yards
Total monthly yarn in:  1,862 yards

Net monthly yarn increase: 268 yards

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 406g.


Total yarn out year-to-date: 9,702 yards
Total yarn in year-to-date: 6,548 yards

Net yarn reduction year-to-date: 3,154 yards

Fibre stash reduction year-to-date: 1,616g.