Show Notes: Episode 168

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Show Notes: “A Monster of a Week”

♥ I wrote a more in-depth account of my Spinzilla 2016 over on the blog, if you want to go check out that post with the pictures.
♥ I plan to make a Sowerby shawl out of the Hello Yarn I spun up, and socks for my husband out of the Gnomespun/Hello Yarn combo spin. I will be knitting along on the shawl with Laura!
♥ The results for the event come out on Monday. Once I see how I did in comparison, I plan to make my goals for next year. I will likely be a Rogue Spinner again.😉

Saturn’s Rings by verybusymonkey – the project that I just keep sloggin’ along on to get it finished. Someday, I hope.😛
♥ I pulled out the long-languishing Moderne Log Cabin Blanket I’ve been working on for almost 3 years for my daughter. After recording, I finished the current block and realized it does need to be another strip wider and longer. BOO. Yarn has been ordered to try and finish it up this month. I need some big stash out numbers for Q4!

Stash Enhancement:
♥ September 2016 Hello Yarn fiber club shipment: this may be my final month since my stash is huge.

This should keep me busy for a while.

My Hello Yarn fiber stash on my king size bed: if those pacthwork kits were laid out, I would not be able to contain it all in a single layer on the bed.

♥ A birthday package from my sweet friend, Kate, arrived! It contained lovely things like Nomadic Yarns, Hedgehog Fibres, a fun and funky llama cloth, and Franklin Habit’s new coloring book!

Lamby Shop Talk:
♥ Rebel Girl is back in the shop!


Spinzilla 2016: Final Results

Spinzilla has come and gone yet again, kittens. This was my second year participating, and I did pretty well, if I may say so myself. I made one goal: double what I did in 2015, my first year participating. I came pretty darn close!

In 2015, I spun ~13.6 ounces of fiber, for just over 1,800 yards after plying credit.

This year….

017 025 037 044 061 068 075
I spun 22.4 ounces of fiber, for a total of 3,822 yards after plying credits were taken into account. 2.17 miles of spun wool, baby! The results of who spun the most and ranking order will not be announced until Monday, and I doubt I spun quite enough to make the list (I believe it tracks the top 20 or 25 spinners for both the team and rogue categories), but I’m still excited to see who spun what during the week. Who knows? Maybe I will get lucky and win a prize for my participating. The $10 entry fee was well-worth the motivation to get so much stash spun up in such a short amount of time, so I feel like a winner regardless of outcome.

Here they are before their bath: so much squishy goodness!

Here they are before their bath: so much squishy goodness!

Last year, in Episode 133 of the podcast, I made a list of some things I could do differently in the future to improve my productivity and buy myself some more spinning time.  The only one I really implemented this year was to have my main spin ready to go in advance, and when I started the second one, I had it all layed out and prepped in a short period of time. It allowed me to not think about the order of little nests as I spun them. But there wasn’t anything else I could have done that I did do, and several obstacles arose which ate up time and kept me out of the house and unable to spin for hours of the day. So. I definitely found more time this year, but I still could have dedicated much more to the event if I had chosen to.  I definitely plan to participate in 2017’s Spinzilla competition, likely still as a Rogue Spinner. (I prefer to not have anyone rely on me for results: I’m a lone wolf of sorts. Ha.) Depending on this year’s results, I think I’m going to gun for a spot on the list of top Rogue Spinners next year. If it’s obtainable and doesn’t involve never sleeping again.

Did you play along with Spinzilla this year? Were you on a team or did you spin Rogue? How did you do? Are you happy with your spinning you accomplished?

Stashdown 2016: Q3

My progress as of 01 October, 2016. So red.

My progress as of 01 October, 2016. So red.


I had high hopes for Quarter 3 Stashdown efforts, but sometimes we do not get what we want, and we have a low-production 3 months paired with a bit of buying. And we can’t get out from under it, because we stall out on our projects and finish nothing for almost a month. Happens to us all at some point, right?


I’m up about 10 skeins of sock yarn and 6 braids of fiber since June. Really, what more can I say about that?

I’ve spent the rest of today (after tallying this up) deciding where I want to go from here. I realized that my Stashdown goals up until this point have been pretty vague and not very helpful–“spin out 30 oz of fiber”, “no buy in ____”, etc. along those lines. I had things I wanted to do, but no end numbers I wanted to land on. I also realized my much more specific productivity goals for knitting seem to be helping keep me on track this year and focusing on trying to make those numbers. So in Q4, I’m trying something a little different and reframing my quarterly goals: I have specific numbers in mind that I want to meet or beat on 31 December before I decide what I want to do for 2017–and believe you me, I have some big plans now that I have my window for when we’re moving. (I will, of course, tell you all more about that later.)

Between now and 31 December, 2016, I want to do two things: one, I want to reduce an excess of 16oz out of my current fiber stash of ~557.3oz/34.8lbs (meaning get down to at least 541oz), and two, I want to reduce my yarn stash by at least 1,000yds or ~2.5 skeins of sock yarn.  If I do not buy much of anything, or keep much of any yarn I dye, and if I keep knitting and spinning, this should be easy enough. These are not aggressive goals. But they’re a step in the right direction.

September 2016: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2016:
 January: 728yds
February: 1,062yds
March: 1,042yds
April: 706yds
May: 1,922yds
June: 411yds
July: 869yds
August: 924yds
September: 947yds
2016 Totals: 8,611yds or 4.89 miles


WOW, kittens! I am under 200 yards from meeting my 2016 goal of 8,800yds/5.0 miles of yarn knit! I’m pretty excited about that; it’s been a couple of years since I knit this much.

September started off beastly hot, and our autumn has been about 3 weeks behind schedule. We’re still fairly warm, but quickly starting to cool into more appropriate weather for this time of year. And you know what cooler weather means: sweater knitting and wanting to work under warm woolies every evening! Thanks to the modern glory which is central air conditioning, I was able to keep the temperature in my home livable and my knitting mojo going strong. I didn’t knit every day in September, but I knit enough to match and *very slightly* exceed August’s tally. I finished very little, but I did work on my slow-going sweater project, a new shawl to stashbust some laceweight silkpaca yarn, and I’m gearing up to knit some quick yardage gobbling projects that will then be gifted and out of the house.

What about you? Were you able to work through September’s abnormally sticky weather and get some knitting and crocheting done? Did you focus elsewhere? What do you have planned for the next month? The rest of 2016?

Show Notes: Episode 167

♥ Please come join us in the Ravelry group!
♥ The podcast is now on YouTube, if you prefer to watch there. Please remember to give my videos a thumbs up and do the same for other podcasts you enjoy!
♥ If you like speckle-y sock yarn, you might want to check out my Etsy

Show Notes: “Spinzilla Prep”

Byway Cardigan
Saturn’s Rings Shawl

♥ Hello Yarn April 2016 club colorway “Fluff”- superwash Targhee
♥ Spinzilla is next week! Are you playing along?
Sowerby by my friend, Annika.

♥ The newest issue of PLY magazine is out!
♥ Akerworks Bobbin for my Hansen minispinner
♥ Bag from my friend, Sara, at Knotty Gnome Crafts
♥ One of this month’s Hedgehog Fibres sock club colors that I picked up on destash

♥ Caysie and her blog/videocast “Knit’s Enough”

Episode 167: Spinzilla Prep

Episode 167: Spinzilla Prep

Hi, kittens: today’s episode is a bit on the shorter side, with life’s being bananas and all lately. Thank you for spending some of your time catching up with me today! Today’s episode has a couple of WIPs, a new project I plan to cast on before we next talk, spinning on my new Hansen and talk about Spinzilla next week, and some fun goodies! Show notes can be found on the blog at, and please consider joining the Knot A Podcast Ravelry group!

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