YAY! Wonderful yarn...even if it wasn't your first time!!!! I love thick yarns, and wish I could still spin yarns like when I began (I tend to make them too thin now) Oh, and BTW...I'M BACK EVERYONE!!! Photos of yarns to come. (i've been really busy!)
I spin pet fur for people. You have to kind of develop your own type of "carding" for each kind of pet fur, depending on the type of fur. (Length of fiber, ect.) Most of the time, it's just combing. But, if you remove the fur the correct way from the pet, you don't have to card. Most of the time, I blend it slightly with another type of wool. E-Mail me with any other questions.
I have a Babe Production Double Treadle. If you're going to be spinning a lot, it's a highly recomended model. It's a little big for packing into a regular sized bag because the wheel is kind of large. However, it is highly transportable. I made a bag for it, and take it with me everywhere. It's a wonderful wheel! It comes apart really easily. I was going to just buy a suit case for it, but making a bag was much more fun. My babe and I had a wonderful time at the Thousand Islands this past week. Any more questions, feel free to ask.
I agree, that advice is great! Also, if you're working with roving, it may be easier to create larger, bulkier yarns if you rip off more wool when you're starting to spin. Does that make sense? I spin with the toy wheel on a dowel type spindle, as well, and it took a while for my fingers to co-operate, as well. It will just click one day, though, trust us!
Even though you just got your wheel, you will be tempted to spin on your lovely little spindle again, so don't give him (or her) away just yet! I found that after getting my wheel, it inspired me to do MORE on my spindle than I had in the past. Now, I make spindles and sell them at craft fairs. Plus, spindles are great for traveling. I take mine on the subway with me. Problem is, I can't get a lot of spinning done, because so many people ask me questions! I'm going to take my wheel down to coney island with me next weekend and spin with that one the board walk. (I have a babe, so I feel comfortable taking him with me any where I go...he stands up to NYC subways AND salt water breezes at the beach!) I'm in love with my wheel, but my handy spindle is my little side fling
Love them love them LOVE THEM!!! Kool Aid is wonderful. There was a big sale in the grocery store, so I just restocked my supplies. I also started testing with food coloring, and all my yarns are coming out great with that, too!!! You can check my link below to see some of the yarns I've been making lately. I really should start knitting or crocheting again with all these yarns i'm spinning and dying, wouldn't you think? ;p
I recently experimented with Rit dyes on my yarns. (I'm still saving up for my all-natural dye kit, so that leads to experimentation with cheeper products )
The colors I got were exquisit, however, I fear that the dyes will come off on my hands as I'm working (someone told me they tried to dye a piece of clothing with it, and the dye rubbed off onto their skin.) Has anyone else used these dyes for yarns before? Any advice/experiences would be appreciated!