With Spinzilla 2015 starting bright and early tomorrow morning, I decided today was perfect for choosing which fiber to spin first and get it prepped to go. After much consideration, I’ve decided to start with one of the two braids of JstForEwe Merino in the color Stone Quarry.
This fiber was purchased over a year ago and in looking it closely I noticed that they were braided quite tightly, which would cause me an issue with consistency in spinning. Since I love fractal spinning, I’ve taken one braid and gently opened up the fiber to show the nature splitting from the drum carder. I separated this braid into four equal parts, then into six equal parts with each strip weighing .2 oz, for a total combined weight of 3 oz.
I have now pre-drafted each strip and this simple step will make it much easier for me to spin. If you look at the photo below on the left, you will notice how “compact” the .2 oz bun looks compared to the one on the right that has been pre-drafted. The bottom photo shows the same concept, just all together in a bowl.
See how lovely the fiber truly is …. a beautiful mix of brown, cream and amethyst.
My goal for this fiber is spinning consistency and yardage. My aim is to have enough yard from both 3 oz braids for a shawl or a least a nice size scarf. I have started my Ravelry page for this fiber too, which I plan to use for keeping track of everything I do.
If you are participating in Spinzilla this year, what are you spinning and how do you get ready?