Preparing your fibers and wheel ahead of time will make your Spinzilla spinning more efficient and enjoyable, plus it will maximize the amount of time you have to spend at your wheel – talk about win-win! Now is the perfect time to start planning your Spinzilla Strategy; here are 3 things you can do now to ensure speedy spinning this October:
Strategy #1: Get Batty
If you have access to a drum carder, the world is your oyster! Batts are easy to store for later use once Spinzilla rolls around. Not only are they fun to spin from, the blanket of fiber you create provides for a lot of spinning options to create both worsted and woolen yarns. They’re also wonderful for using up leftover bits and bobs lingering in your stash, or giving new life to that compacted roving that has been lurking at the bottom of your stash. Get inspired with this article from the KnittySpin archives.
Strategy #2: Blend In
Rolags are another option to consider as you make Spinzilla plans. A blending board is ideal for making rolags, though large hand carders can also be used; we’ve even seen folks use a drum carder to create rolags! Fibers can be blended in a specific pattern (for example, striped or gradient), or a more subtle effect can be achieved by blending fiber colors which are similar or complementary.
The Woolery crew prefers to use our own Rosie Blending Board for blending fibers into rolags. If you’re new to using a blending board, Jacey Boggs of Ply Magazine shared some great tips for successful fiber processing featuring the Rosie Blending Board, found here on our blog archive. Bonus: rolags are not just pretty to look at, they’re also easy to store for spinning later on, and great for traveling spinners, too!
Strategy #3: Keep That Wheel Spinning
Has it been awhile since you changed out the drive band? Is there a squeaking or clattering sound you’ve been ignoring which hasn’t gone away? Now is the perfect time to clean & care for your wheel. Performing basic maintenance now means that you are less likely to have your wheel break down when you need it most this October.
Check out our free guide to spinning wheel maintenance for ways to prepare now so that you can spin to win this fall. We also have some Spinzilla Specials* to make sure you have everything you need for a successful event:
⦁ Enjoy 10% off Rosie’s Spinning Wheel Maintenance Kit with promo code AWBMCX.
⦁ Save 20% on Cashmere Blending Fiber with promo code VJQDFD.
⦁ Get 15% off your purchase of a Large Padded Spinning Wheel Bag with promo code EQMCMW.
Still have questions about how to get ready for Spinzilla? Ask Nancy, our resident fiber arts guru! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to post your questions in our Ravelry group; user submitted questions are featured regularly on the Woolery blog!
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