Last night at midnight, a team competition for spinning began. The competition is called Spinzilla and the team that I am on is sponsored by Strauch Equipment Co. and the Knotty Ladies. I know that I will not be the strength of this team, but also, I don’t want to be the weak link. With grandchildren duties and transport, trying to keep up a level of fitness, household chores, and life in general, I know that I won’t be able to spin at an obsessive level that some of the spinners will do, nor will I be a total slacker. I am an early to bed, early to rise person, so I won’t spin 20 out of 24 hours a day, but I am challenging myself to spin every day. Most of my spinning will be on my Kromski Sonata spinning wheel, but on Thursday, she will be loaned to a friend to try out, and the friend will in turn loan me back the Ashford Traditional that I learned to spin on and I will use it for a while. When not at home, I will carry one or the other of my drop spindles and some fiber to do some portable spinning as well.
So far, I have spun two skeins of Leicester Longwool from Sunrise Valley Farm, a spinning friend and vendor at the Blacksburg Farmers’ Market. I love her fiber and love that it is local. The little Turkish spindle has a Pohlworth, Mohair, Silk blend that will later be plyed with a Dorset, Alpaca blend. That won’t be measured until the end of the week and I can see how much I was able to spindle spin.
After yesterday, I decided that I should indeed have a period costume for spinning demonstrations. I do sew, but did not want to take the time to make my own. I found just what I was looking for on the internet and though I will likely make myself an apron to wear with it at times, the basic part of the outfit will be shipped in time for the October festival at the Smithfield Plantation House.
Back to spinning. See you later.