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121  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Dollar Store Loom on: March 17, 2011 10:41:53 AM
Wow!  Thats an awesome idea!  Ive been thinking of trying some weaving by making a loom out of a cardboard box (which is all i have room/money for at the moment).  A most excellent idea of using materials in which they were never intended for!
122  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: silk cocoons? on: March 17, 2011 10:38:45 AM
how does one use these in spinning? i spied them for sale onm ebay!

Knitty.com has an article on how to go about spinning up silk from the cocoons

123  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: sharing secrets: least favorite thing about spinning? on: March 17, 2011 10:36:51 AM
Least favorite thing is when Im carding and the stray fibers get up my nose.  I have enough problems with allergies as it is Sad
124  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you have a spinning blog? on: March 17, 2011 10:35:44 AM

Mine is kind of a blog for everything, but I have a youtube spinning tutorial :-)
125  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do I get raw wool? on: March 17, 2011 10:34:21 AM
Over the holidays I went to a flea market and found a pair of wool carders for $2! I knew I had to buy them, but now I have no idea where to get wool to use them on. I've barely started spinning yarn on a drop spindle, let alone carding my own wool  Roll Eyes
I live in a city... not a ram/sheep, etc in sight. Any suggestions?

I find it really depends on what city you live in.  Im in toronto and thankfully there are yarn shops that sell wool hanks to spin up.

also, if you want an idea to do some carding, I take all my leftovers from every project I do (except cotton), and I use my carders (aka dollar store cat brushes....it does the same thing), and spin up what I call 'everything wool'
126  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corespinners -- where do you buy your core yarn? on: March 17, 2011 10:32:20 AM
I wish i had an answer for this.  I'd been using jaggerspun merino lace i got a great price on but i ran out.  I tried a cheap acrylic blend lace and some cotton but soak all i want i can't get the cores to set and it didn't make for good yarn.  I also tried a cone of wool weaving yarn but using a single was a bad choice as were yarns of heavier weights.    I'm on the hunt tho so i'll let you know when i find a good deal.

Heya angry hippie!  I just logged on here today.  I was thinking, why not set up a basic core by spinning it, (something not all that exciting) then doing an outer spun shell instead of going out and buying a core yarn to spin off of?
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