Summer Spinning

Summer spinnin' gonna have me a blast. Summer spinnin' bobbins fillin' so fast. Met a wheel crazy for me. Met a fiber soft as can be. Summer spinnin' drafting away to, oh, oh those summer yarns. Tell me more, tell me more how much did you spin? Tell me more, tell me more, what weight was it in?

Monday, June 05, 2006


When setting your goal for the summer spinning challenge it might be helpful to remember these tips about goal setting...
  • Keep your goal worded positively.
  • Be specific in your goal wording so your progress can be measured.
  • Be realistic. Remember this is summer which is often stuffed with other activities so keep that in mind when choosing your goal.
  • Start with a plan. You can more often reach your goal if you have a plan of attack for meeting it. It might be knowing where in your day/week you will fit in spinning in addition to knowing what fiber you are going to spin etc.
Whenever you have decided on your goal please comment to this post so everyone's goals can be found in one location. We'd love to hear you plan of attack too, it might give others an idea on how better to reach their own goals!


At 10:56 AM, Blogger the sideshow podcast said...

My overarching goal for this year was to spin all the fiber I currenly have before diving in and buying more. I've been pretty good at this, so far, with two minor exceptions. (Fiber was given to me, raw, and I have some left over from a trip to Brown Sheep Company this past weekend.)

So, given that, my goal for this summer is simple:

I will spin at least fifteen minutes per day, using the fiber that has already been dyed in the overstuffed drawers o' fiberliciousness. I'm aiming for at least one completed skein per week, for the entirety of the summer spinalong. (Completed = plied if desired, yardage counted, and tagged.)

The bigger goal is to empty at least one of the eleven (!!!!) plastic tub-drawers of spinnable fiber.

(I'd also like to extend that to carding up the rest of the raw wool, but I know that summer is our busy season with the circus, so that may or may not happen. If it does, it's a bonus.)

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Liz said...

I hope to do about 5 hours of spinning a week. I hope to finish up spinning and plying the Australian Bond Roving I have which is 2lbs, 12 ounces.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Designedly, Kristi said...

I'm thinking my goal will be three hours of spinning a week - preferrably in the form of about 30 minutes 6 days a week.

I'm not quite sure how to go about tracking it. Do I want to write down the times I sit at the wheel and when I get up? Do I want to set a 30 minute timer when I sit down? Do I include time to predraft and other fiber prep? I'm not sure yet.

I may have to revist this goal and revise depending upon the employment situation. If I end up with a full time job I'm guessing there will a tough adjustment period which will most definitley impact the spinning time. But, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

The goal issue is pretty straight forward for me. I love spinning, but don't do it. I have never progressed far enough to confidently say "I spin and here's my stuff". I want to be able to show off my spinning. I also believe that to do that I will need to spend actual time doing it on a regular basis. I believe my most concrete goal is to spin sock weight or lace weight yarn. I also want to spin other fibers than wool, but I'll save that for the next go-around.K? My weekly time goal is 2 hours. I think that it is all doable if I can focus. Having the group to help me do that (and to make me accountable) will go a long way.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm a new spinner. I bought my Lendrum wheel in March and I've not dedicated a lot of time to bettering my skills. I'm taking a beginning spinning class at Estes Park this week and I think that will give me some confidence, as well as improve my skills. I bought a lovely sample pack of different fibers in wonderful, summery colors in the hopes that fun fiber would motivate me to produce fun yarn.

I've been thinking about a realistic goal for a week now, and I guess I'm still a bit unsure. However, I'm going to try to spin 3 hours a week in an attempt to become comfortable and proficient at spinning and plying. I may have to revise that goal, or average it over a month. I too am unsure how best to keep track of my spinning time, but I'm hoping something will come to me.

The other thing I'd like to accomplish this summer is to learn how to process my own fleece. My dad is giving me a fleece, so I need to learn how to wash it and prepare the fiber, which sounds kind of daunting. But, who knows, it could be a lot of fun.

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Elisa said...

I've been spinning for almost a year. I have 5 wheels, 2 of which work; two of the others are antiques and the last one should work but I need to put some time into getting her set up properly. My favorite is Florence, my Lendrum double treadle. (You can read about them at
I also spindle spin (these are also on my blog - I recently taught myself to Navajo ply; the yarn looks like a corkscrew but I'm still pleased with it.

I'm not positive yet what my goal for the challenge will be. I think it will be to take one of the fleece I have sitting in a bag, wash/pick/ card it, and then spin it, set the twist and tag each skein. I've played with some of each fleece, but I'd like to completely finish one whole fleece so that it is ready for weaving or crocheting.

I thought I'd set a goal of spinning 30 minutes each day, but I like everyone else's weekly goal. So my weekly goal will be to spin at least 4 hours each week.

I'm really looking forward to participating in the challenge. I need something to motivate me to actually get off my duff and start spinning. I love to spin; but there is always something else that *has* to be done. Now the spinning will *have* to be done. I like it!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Jinann said...

OK.....I've been spinning since the mid-90's with some BIG gaps of not spinning....sometimes for several months or close to a year! I've gotten better lately....a group of us meet every other Monday night to spin for a few I no longer have "months" where I don't spin!

My big problem is that I typically only spin 1 or 1 1/2 lbs. of roving per year.....but I purchase MUCH more than that....just check out my Maryland Sheep and Wool Purchases on my blog!

I MUST whittle down my stash! Ideally, I'd like to spin about 5 hrs per week (in addition to my Monday night spinning group). I have such a HUGE stash of fiber. I found even more when I cleared out my storage unit this past weekend....gorgeous wool roving I'd forgotten about! I think I need a 12 step program for my fiber addiction!

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At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Rebekah said...

My goal, well it's not to lofty because I want to be reasonable. I'm in the process of spinning up 2.5 pounds of Coopworth and 2 pounds of Jacob's wool, and making a 3 ply wool (2 strands coopworth and 1 strand Jacob's) for a shawl fo rmy mother-in-law. I have 2 pounds left of the Coopworth and about 1.5 pounds left of the Jacob's wool to spin up.

My goal is to have that completely spun and plied during this time period.

If I finish all of that, then my next goal will be set to work on spinning my yarn for my fair isle sweater.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Alison said...

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At 9:44 AM, Blogger Alison said...

General goals:
To spindle 15 minutes or so a day.
To spin on my wheel at least 2 hours a week.

Specific goals:
To spin 200 more plied yards of laceweight merino/angora for my stole
To finish spinning laceweight merino from the lovely stuff from The Fiber Denn

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Pam! said...

I haven't been spinning much lately partly due to my 11 month old son. I went to a meeting of a local spin/knit group last weekend and it has spurred me to MAKE the time for myself & my crafts. What great timing on this challenge! In addition to several drop spindles, I have had an Ashford Traditional for about 5 years and have recently acquired an Ashford Traveler. And, like everyone, I seem to buy beautiful fibers but stash them instead of spin them. It should be a crime! LOL
As far as goals are concerned I'd like to include both wheel and spindle spinning like Alison. I'd also like to work through my stash before buying anything more.

* Sort, organize, and figure out exactly what's in my spinning stash
* Spindle 15 minutes per day
* Wheel it 4 hours per week
* Spin, ply, and do something with at least ONE of my bags o' wool.

Let's go spinners!

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

I explain to my kids, "A Goal, is a Dream, with a Deadline".

So with that in mind..... my dream is to have two more skeins of yarn completed by the end of summer. I'm anxious to see my mohair and silk blend completed. I have a small amount left to card and then it's ready to spin. My second dream, by summers end, is to have my black fleece hanging on my "completed" peg rack.
I plan to devote 2-3 hours at least twice a week toward my "dream". It almost makes me anxious for summer to be over (I said “almost”), so I can see my new yarns.

Happy spinning.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Carole said...

I've been thinking for a couple of weeks about my goals. For spinning, I want to sit down and spin at least twice per week. I'm not going to track my time but rather my sessions. My other goal is indirectly related to spinning. I spin and spin and make yarn and then put it on a shelf. So, I want to actually KNIT with yarn I have spun.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I'm usually hestitant to set goals, but since I must.....I would like to average 2 hours per week. I say average because I am going on vactaion next week and probably won't have ready access to a wheel. I'm working on some Romney right now, but have lots to choose from, including some Merino (3-4 pounds) that should be back from the mill about the time I'm back from vacation.

Good luck everybody!

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous JessaLu said...

I originally put this in a post unto itself - then I realized it was in the wrong place so here I am moving it:

I think for a goal I'd like to try to #1 purchase a wheel of my very own and #2 spin enough yarn to knit a pair of socks by the end of the summer.

I'm adding to this - I'd like to spin the yarn for the socks and knit them :o)


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