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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning downy wool on: April 28, 2005 02:08:59 AM
I've recently acquired a very soft downy grey fleece, suffolk southdown, and am having teething troubles spinning it.  Because it's almost entirely crimpy it's super elastic.  When I spin it up into a fine thread it looks fine but it becomes very fuzzy when it winds around the bobbin.  Is there any way to make the yarn smoother?  The worsted technique doesn't seem to work on it.  Should I put more twist than I think I need into it?
22  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / pencil roving on: April 13, 2005 03:26:42 AM
Hi there, I just bought a couple of packs of absolutely gorgeous pencil roving but I'm finding it stupifying.  I've only ever spun with combed tops and didn't realise that this pencil roving was slightly spun making it impossible to draft directly.  I love this yarn and really want to spin with it but need some tips on how to prepare it.  Do I have to unspin it a bit on the wheel first and then draft?  Or have I been cheated and have gorgeous superbulky yarn?
23  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning Cotton on: April 06, 2005 01:14:16 AM
Hi there, I've recently become interested in the prospect of spinning cotton but haven't been able to find any resources about it.  Does anybody have any information about cotton spinning?  Is it much like spinning animal fiber with a very short staple or is it a whole different technique alltogether?  Thanks.
24  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Magknits Warm '05 Shirt on: February 28, 2005 12:33:39 PM
The new Magknits is out and I'm absolutely loving the shirt pattern.  Not only is the pattern hot but it uses my favourite Rowan yarn.  I don't have the yarn yet but I hope to make it in the calmer/slosh combo.  Anyone else interested? 
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Raglan Shaping pattern help on: January 19, 2005 10:01:02 AM
Hi everyone, I'm a bit confused as to what this pattern is trying to tell me.  I'm starting the raglan shaping for the back of a ribbed sweater and it says

"For raglan shaping dec at each end alt on every 2nd and 4th row 1 st. 10(8) times, then 1 st. on every second row 4(10) times"

When I've symmetrical shaping before I usually have to decrease each end on my knit row (a total of 2 st. on the row).  But it sounds like it's saying decrease 1 st alternating sides every 2nd and 4th row.  So decrease right side 1 st, purl, decrease left side 1 st.  But then how is it different from the "1st. on every second row"?  Thanks in advance for any help.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Home-made yarn winder (Now with more pictures) on: January 01, 2005 06:44:33 AM
Happy New Year everyone!  I just wanted to share my new yarn related Xmas present with everyone.  For christmas I aquired over 20 lovely hanks of yarn, but with no winder it'd be 20 hours of winding before any knitting could begin.  So my boyfriend came up with this ingenius solution:

Yes, that's all lego.  Powered by two motors and the RCX it winds the most wonderful balls I could ever hope for.  And here's the resulting ball of Debbie Bliss Maya (soho) wound from it. 

Yes, I am the luckiest knitter around.  Now if only he could make a lego spinning wheel... Smiley

Now for more pictures and description of how it's built go here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=21252.msg201750#msg201750
27  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Big Sack Sweater Knitalong on: October 11, 2004 12:57:39 AM
Hi there everyone, I'm a fairly new knitter and was wondering if anyone has fallen in love with the Big Sack Sweater (from Stitch 'n' Bitch) like I have.  It was only when I saw http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4449.0 that I really wanted to start this project but hoped maybe some other people would like to start it with me.  There were a lot of good tips and pointers made on that thread and I think the more people who do it we'll find out how to perfect the sizing and different cabling patterns.  Like I said though, I'm pretty new to the knitting world and have no idea how to really get this going so if anyone has any ideas please let me know Smiley 
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