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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Drop spindle without a hook? on: August 05, 2005 10:07:46 AM
I recently bought a spindle and some roving on e-bay, which I am tres excited about.  What arrived is very nice, but the spindle does not, as I expected, have a hook at the top (I thought it was a bottom whorl).  After looking a bit online, I thought I had determined it may be a navajo spindle, but now I'm pretty sure it's not long enough for that style.

So I'm confused - without a hook, I don't understand how to keep the spun yarn on the spindle, or even how to start spinning, really.  If I try to spin it all just pulls off the top, I think because there is no hook to guide it.  Have any of you spun with a spindle like this, and if so, any advice?  My other idea was jsut to attach a hook on the top somehow, maybe that would be easiest.  Any insight?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished wavy scarf - how to block? on: December 07, 2004 03:33:24 PM
See new scarf:




See new scarf curl (on right side):



Bad scarf, bad.
How do I block this?  Do I need to get it wet first?  I have never blocked except with an iron, so I'm not sure as to the technique.  (The yarn is Paton's Divine, 79.5% acrylic, 18% mohair, 2.5% polyester.)

Thanks for any help!
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