For awhile now, I’ve been wondering how much yarn I’ve spun since I started. I’ve only been doing this for about a year, and I didn’t keep track of my work on the drop spindle, but I have detailed records about everything I’ve ever spun on a wheel. Unfortunately, these records were all in the form of scribbles in a water stained notebook. So, I decided to go all high-tech and put them in a spreadsheet. Here are my totals:
Total yardage of 2 ply yarn: 8505 yds
Total yardage of singles spun: 17010 yds
Beaded 2 ply yarn spun: 2295 yds
Average yards in a skein: 197 yds
I’ve spun nearly 5 miles of yarn since August of 2010. Since each finished yard represents a yard of single on one bobbin, a yard on the other bobbin, and a yard of plied yarn, around 14.5 miles of yarn have passed through my hands in the last year.
Whoa. Ok, let’s take this one terrifying step further. Using how long it took me to spin last night as a rather low ball estimate of how much time is involved in the spinning alone (5 hours for 100 yards of finished yarn), this means I’ve spent:
425.25 hours spinning OR
17.7 full, 24 hour days spinning OR
2.5 solid weeks spinning
Wow. Just. Wow. I’m not sure if I’m proud of that.