Within the past year I've gotten more serious about my spinning. I really enjoy the process and someday hope to actually knit with all of this handspun I've created. I decided to give myself a good challenge for this year's Tour de Fleece (June 30th to July 22nd): to spin up the 2 pounds of Spinner's Hill roving that I purchased in my favorite color red. I have 2 of these:
I finally weighed them today and one ball is 15.65 ounces and the other is 18.10 ounces for a total of 33.75 ounces or 2.1 pounds.
I had no idea of this was an unrealistic goal because I've never really kept track as to how much fiber I can spin in a night. In my planning I decided to do a little preparation/training and spin up this:
It's 12.3 ounces of Twisted Wool BFL roving. I divided it in half and spun up the first half in 2 nights of about 2 hours each of spinning. So my math came out to:
2 nights = 1 skein of 6 ounces
33.75 ounces (5 skeins) = 10 nights plus
5 additional nights of plying (1 night per skein)
15 total nights of spinning & plying for this fiber
The tour is 23 days long with 8 of them being weekends days for bonus spinning. One problem I do see is that I have a wedding to go to in Pittsburgh on July 20-22 so realistically I have only 20 days to spin but that gives me some room since I only really needed 15.
Doing this preparation actually makes me feel better because it is an attainable goal. I am hoping to use the resulting yarn for a garment for myself if I have enough yardage and if not, who cares? I'll find something great for the yarn on Ravelry eventually!