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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Handspun Yarn Swap Round 2 on: May 09, 2009 10:08:04 PM
After I emailed her back telling her that I was less interested in doing what she was describing and more interested in making my own batts and whatnot, she responded back to me that I would break a drum carder, that they produce "homogenized results' and that I need to stick with hand carding. I think the point ended up being less 'You're new and should stick with the basics' and more 'Don't even think about drum carders because you can't handle it', which is what I found discouraging. 

That's unfortunate that you got that response.  Some people are such sticklers to the "rules" that they forget that some of us learn more when we actually have fun and can be creative.  True, maybe the renting of her drum carders may not be possible, but that shouldn't stop you from discovering the highs and lows of drum carding. 

I borrowed a set of hand cards from a neighbor for a few months before buying a Strauch Petite that someone on Ravelry was destashing.  I had only drum carded once before that, at a novelty spinning class held at the teacher's house and I got to watch people drum card and got to card (or throw the fiber in while someone turned the crank) my own novelty batt.  I use it a lot!

Our spinning guild rents the drum carder and some months it ends up with the same person because no one is in line for the following month.  Check to see if your local guilds have websites or yahoo groups, too, where you get notices or updates about the upcoming meetings. 

Velvet



2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Handspun Yarn Swap Round 2 on: May 09, 2009 10:05:12 PM
After I emailed her back telling her that I was less interested in doing what she was describing and more interested in making my own batts and whatnot, she responded back to me that I would break a drum carder, that they produce "homogenized results' and that I need to stick with hand carding. I think the point ended up being less 'You're new and should stick with the basics' and more 'Don't even think about drum carders because you can't handle it', which is what I found discouraging. 

That's unfortunate that you got that response.  Some people are such sticklers to the "rules" that they forget that some of us learn more when we actually have fun and can be creative.  True, maybe the renting of her drum carders may not be possible, but that shouldn't stop you from discovering the highs and lows of drum carding. 

I borrowed a set of hand cards from a neighbor for a few months before buying a Strauch Petite that someone on Ravelry was destashing.  I had only drum carded once before that, at a novelty spinning class held at the teacher's house and I got to watch people drum card and got to card (or throw the fiber in while someone turned the crank) my own novelty batt.  I use it a lot and make "woolly buns" like this:

<img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3400/3516124089_abd346732a_m.jpg" width="240" height="180" alt="Woolly Buns - Peony" />

Our spinning guild rents the drum carder and some months it ends up with the same person because no one is in line for the following month.  Check to see if your local guilds have websites or yahoo groups, too, where you get notices or updates about the upcoming meetings. 

Velvet


3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: singles vs corespun on: November 18, 2008 04:14:08 PM
It all depends. 

Sometimes singles yarn is just easier to do than corespun, imo. 

I've done both single spun and corespun (although I have yet to knit with my corespun yarn) and depending on the scarf pattern, it all depends.  I love the effect of corespun and tailspun yarns ala Ozark Handspun but there have been some wonderful scarves knit with singles yarn as well.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: where can I buy used? on: November 18, 2008 04:10:37 PM
I know I want an ashford country spinner wheel, but a new one is $500, and they are the same price on ebay. I want the country spinner because I am looking for a large orifice wheel for making fancy yarns. Anyone know where I can get a decent price on a new or used one?

There was one that sold on eBay for about $350 about 2 months ago.  I already have 2 wheels so I didn't need to bid on it although these days I'm considering some type of a bulky spinner myself.

Have you thought about Babe's bulky spinners?  I've heard a lot of good things about them and there's also the electric spinner with the bulky attachment - which saves your legs from treadling all of 2 pounds of yarn that'll fit on the bobbin  It's not as pretty-looking as the country spinner but less expensive.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: manual credit card imprinter on: November 12, 2008 10:09:51 AM
I have a few credit card imprinters for my practice (massage) and it's always important to get the credit card imprint just in case they dispute the charge (it hasn't happened to me, but they always tell you to do that just in case). 

Getting the approval right there is the best option instead of waiting till you get home. If you don't want to invest in a credit card machine, doing the call in approval works and it's only a percentage (a small one but it eliminates the inconvenience of getting your own machine) off your total price.

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: I made a Manequin/Display!! and you can too!! on: November 12, 2008 10:02:55 AM
This is soooo cool!  I've been considering buying a dress form to show off hand knit scarves and this one fits the bill so much better - with a considerably less price tag!!!
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I buy this antique wheel?? on: November 12, 2008 09:57:24 AM
Well, I never made it back to the antique store to look at the wheel again....but after I thought about it for a long time I realized that it just wasnt in very good shape. So, Im getting a Kiwi!!! I decided to invest a little more and go for something that many people trust Smiley

Although antique wheels are just fabulous, for a novice spinner, it's always good to go with the tried and true...and modern.  I bought an antique wheel online and didn't realize till it arrived that it was missing the flyer and bobbin - so it was a fast learning curve for me (I'd never seen a wheel up close and didn't even know what the parts were). 

I've now have a Fricke ST-160, and a Louet Julia and although I still have the antique wheel and am waiting till I want to spend the extra funds to have it restored (it's not cheap), nothing beats the modern developments applied to wheels since then which makes spinning so much easier!  Congratulations on your Kiwi!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy roving: Sheep Shed Studio testimonials on: November 12, 2008 09:52:58 AM
this may be a silly question, but are the mill end rovings ready to spin or do they need to be carded or prepared or something?  and when i say ready to spin, i mean on a drop spindle!  i am a beginner spinner and i am only 16, so this seems like a great cheap option for me, but i want to make sure i am getting the right stuff!

The mill end rovings (i ordered the dyed ones - think I ordered a lb to see if I liked it) are great!  You can also email Carol and she can help you with a choice of rovings based on what you would like to spin it for.  She is really great with my questions!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: my very first handspun on: November 12, 2008 09:39:10 AM
Wow!  For your first (or second) handspun, that looks fan-ta-bulous!  What wheel did you get???

Thank you Smiley It's so addictive! It's a vintage Ashford traditional (circa 1964) I found through craigslist highly suggest checking there if you're in an area where craigslist is quite popular

I love checking on craigslist!  I have it on rss (or something like that) to remind me of any ads that have "spinning wheel" on it Smiley 
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Chunky yarn from drop spindle? on: November 11, 2008 11:23:18 PM

If you're skilled enough, can you make a yarn like this on the right spindle?

Most definitely! 

I started to spin using a drop spindle in June and though I have 2 wheels, I still spin on my drop spindle because I can take it anywhere.  I spin primarily thin yarn, almost lace weight on a top whorl - although I can also spin it on my low whorl.  I usually pre-draft my fiber ahead of time and spin.  sometimes I park and draft, and sometimes I don't - but I've usually been able to spin thin singles consistently regardless of spindle weight and top or bottom whorl. 

it's ironic though - I'd love to spin thick and thin singles on my drop spindle but somehow can't do it anymore.   Embarrassed
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