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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Mittens from handspun on: March 15, 2008 10:13:56 AM
This is the first thing I knit from yarn I handspun! So cool! I spun the yarn from BFL roving in Burning Bush from Spunky Eclectic. Next to the mittens is what is left from the yarn. I had about 1" left for each mitten at the top - I had to weave these 1" and felt them immediately in order for the mitten not to fall apart.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How to spin silk cocoons? on: February 23, 2008 11:23:47 AM
Hi all,

I received 10 dyed silk cocoons as a gift. I have no idea how to process them to make yarn! I googled it but I'm confused... There seem to be several steps, and I'm not sure what is optional, what is mandatory, in what order to do the steps... In one word... HELP!!!!!!

TIA!  Grin
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a pattern similar to Rogue on: November 24, 2007 07:07:24 AM
Hi all!

I made myself a Rogue and my SO is in love with it (fortunately, he's much much taller than me so my Rogue is safe!). I want to make him a similar sweater, but not too similar - I don't like matchy-matchy.

Does anybody know a celtic-ish cabled, hooded pattern other than Rogue? Or have an idea about how I could change the sleeve cable detail to be different than Rogue?

Thanks for any help!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / How do you know how much twist is ok? on: August 31, 2007 05:41:48 PM
Are there any guidelines, tips, etc., to help a newbie figure out how much twist is good for a particular yarn? I'm using a top-whorl spindle, and I'm still partially parking-and-drafting, although now I draft while it spins more than while it's parked.

For the last yarn I spun, I stopped drafting and gave another spin to the spindle when the twist didn't "climb" as aggressively up the newly drafted fibers. I plied the singles and I think it could have used more twist.

So do you have any favorite way of deciding if the twist is ok?

TIA!  Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Made my first CD spindle this afternoon and... on: August 11, 2007 09:06:14 PM
... here's my first yarn! This was really just to try my hand at spinning but I'm quite proud. I know I have a long way to go, but for my first couple hours of spinning, I'm happy.

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / New here with a question on: August 11, 2007 06:13:29 PM

I've been lurking for quite some time but now that I have made myself a CD drop spindle, I have questions that I'm sure are easy to answer for experienced spinners.

- So I bought some Lincoln roving (that's what I found locally), and I find that when I spin it, as soon as I release tension on the newly spinned yarn (for example to skein it, it wants to twist on itself like crazy. Is this normal or did I put too much twist in my yarn?

- Also, how do you keep the ends of the fiber to stick out of the yarn? When my dh saw my first try at spinning, he asked if I needed a razor...  Roll Eyes It's quite hairy. The problem is, I'm not sure how Lincoln roving is supposed to look once spinned, so I don't know how much is user error and how much is normal.

Thanks for bearing with me!

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