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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Ashford Jumbo Flyer on: November 23, 2006 06:56:09 AM
I have Ashford Traveller and Elizabeth double drive wheels so have decided to set one (the Traveller) with a Jumbo Flyer however I have run into problems and could use some advice.  When I start a new bobbin I can't get the flyer to take up the yarn very wel, it puts twist in OK but willl only take up if the drive belt is very tight.  Once I'm on the second layer (i.e. the core is fatter) the take up is fine and I can loosen the drive belt.  Also the flyer catches on the drive belt ajustment knobon the maiden (I think that's what it's called - the bit that the flyer attaches to) unless it's screwed nearly all the way down causing the flyer to be at an odd angle.  The Jumbo Flyer came with the Slizabeth but I always thought that Ashford accessories where interchangeable.  I want to use it mainly to ply nice big skeins mainly but would also like to use it to spin thicker yarns which I don't feel confident to do at the moment.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Uneven Felting - Help Please on: November 20, 2006 04:30:27 AM
I have knitted a scarf from my own handspun, hand dyed merino wool which I have felted in the washing machine.  However one end of the scarf hasn't felted quite as much as the rest so is out of proportion both in terms of size and testure.  Does anyone know how I can felt that a bit more to make it the same as the rest?  I don't actualy know how to hand felt which I guess would be the solution, can someone give me some tips?  Bear in mind that I'm in the UK so I will probably not have access to some of the products available in the US.  The main part of the scarf is as felted as I want it to be so I dion't want to put the whole thing through the machine again in case it gets too small.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Felting Question on: November 20, 2006 03:54:22 AM
I have knitted a scarf from my own handspun, hand dyed merino wool which I have felted in the washing machine.  However one end of the scarf hasn't felted quite as much as the rest so is out of proportion both in terms of size and testure.  Does anyone know how I can felt that a bit more to make it the same as the rest?  I don't actualy know how to hand felt which I guess would be the solution, can someone give me some tips?  Bear in mind that I'm in the UK so I will probably not have access to some of the products available in the US.  The main part of the scarf is as felted as I want it to be so I dion't want to put the whole thing through the machine again in case it gets too small.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Blatantly Showing Off on: April 03, 2006 04:09:32 AM
I won the trophy for the best beginner (less than 12 months spinning) at my Guild meeting on Saturday.  I get my name engraved on the trophy and to keep it for a year.  The competition was for a plant fibre and I did Tencel which I found rather tricky (very slippery).  The advanced winner did bamboo which was as perfect and even as commercial yarn.

I rewarded myself with a good shopping session at the P&M Woolcraft stall - got an umbrella swift, book on dying, some bamboo and some hand dyed slik hankies.

I would post a picture of my winning master piece but my home computer is not playing ball besides which I'm completely rubbish at that sort technical stuff.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Culottes/Gauchos Pattern on: July 19, 2005 05:15:23 AM
Has anyone come across a good pattern for culottes/gauchos?  I'm after one that has very wide legs not the cut off baggy trousers type that the shops are call culottes at the moment, a proper divided skirt.
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