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21  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: January 27, 2010 11:58:54 AM
In general, if your spindle is made from a toy wheel and a dowel, it's going to be around an ounce. (some use smaller wheels and those are a little less than an oz, bigger wheels and it's over.) It's a good weight for beginners.
If you don't have a postal scale or a food scale, food scales can be relatively cheap and will be a good investment. You can also take them over to the grocery store and weigh them on the postal scale. (I've weighed worse things there, so don't worry about anyone 'stopping' you!)
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 Gallery on: January 25, 2010 05:54:43 PM
Sheri, share where you got that bumper sticker! I picked up that one at a sci fi convention YEARS ago and the car that it was stuck to is long gone. I'm being a crazy mom and covering my mini van with bumper stickers, and I want THAT one!
23  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 12/1/09-12/31/09 ; MAIL BY 2/1/10). on: January 24, 2010 06:20:25 AM
I rec'd the yarn I odered last night, but it's in one of the long twisted hanks...I need to figure out how to unwind it Shocked (if anyone has experience with this, please PM me.  Thank you!)
I'm assuming, that you don't have a swift.
One end of the twist will pop out and it will open to a big loop of yarn. To minimize tangling, you want to keep that loop. Yah, floor is good. Back of a chair is good. Over your knees is good. you just want it to not collapse and tangle on you. It will take some time, so be patient!!
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 Gallery on: January 23, 2010 05:46:56 AM
mine is sent so now I wait and watch!!
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 12/1/09-12/31/09 ; MAIL BY 2/1/10). on: January 22, 2010 12:22:25 PM
Yea, there goes my partners package!!!
26  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Animal Shoes (Muppets) on: January 18, 2010 05:16:40 PM
I <3 these shoes. Animal is the best muppet, EVAR. I would steal these shoes if they ever came close to me, just so you know.
GREAT JOB.
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 12/1/09-12/31/09 ; MAIL BY 2/1/10). on: January 17, 2010 06:48:54 PM
there is also the handspun/handcraft swap that comes up (I think a round is currently in progress ie closed). One person sends handspun yarn, the other person sends a craft. It's really nice, I loved being a part of it! (I was the hand spinner)
28  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sock yarn on a spindle on: January 17, 2010 06:52:42 AM
Wow, what a project you are setting up for your self! I don't want to discourage you, but I do want to give you some pointers about what may help!
You REALLY want to look at exactly what's in those batts. In general, sock yarn is made of superwash wool, which is soft and WON'T felt. Usually some nylon is added for a little strength. Some fibers will wear better and some will FEEL better. I wouldn't use an 'art' batt with nubby bits for socks.
Also I personally find 'measuring' yarn to be a bit, well, silly, for lack of a better word. And someone will probably jump up and disagree with me. But If I wanted my yarn with an exact 15% twist, I'd go buy it.  Tongue While it may be a good idea to SEE what that twist looks like, you can't expect all your yarn to look like that all the time. And I've been spinning for close to 20 years.
I like to spin my sock yarn kind of tight. I've done both 3 ply (navajo) and 2 ply and I like how the 2 ply looks and feels.
You also want about 4 oz of fiber.
Put I'm also a loud mouth opinionated pregnant lady, so take what works for you and ignore the rest.
GOOD LUCK!!
29  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yards vs oz? on: January 17, 2010 06:35:32 AM
I find people who DON'T spin measure in yards. I've seen roving used for felting and some other crafting (doll hair, doll stuffing) sold by the yard.
30  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: January 17, 2010 06:32:53 AM
On the top vs bottom discussion.... I learned to spin on a HEAVY bottom whorl spindle, but now I teach everyone on a top whorl. I find they have a little more 'control' or I guess I could say 'hand space.'  Grin I really prefer top spindles. You can also find top/bottom spindles that you can use as either so you can see what you like.
Also, if you can get your hands on a kit with more than one type of fiber (colored, batt, white) you will be in better shape. I've met people who had a really hard time learning to spin with the white roving but took off with the colored roving. I think they couldn't see what was going on with all that white.
(an normally, I have kits like this in my etsy shop, but I'm in the middle of trying to find a place to live/move so I really don't have anything!)
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