We just bought a slightly used Ashford Drum Carder. It looks to be in great shape. However, the drums seems closer together than what I remember they should be. But, it's been a long time since I used a drum carder. They slightly rake against each other and make a slight scratchy noise when operated while empty.
Is this normal? Is there a way to change the 'gap' between the drums?
I hope someone can give me advise. I recently bought a 4 piece set of bamboo circs. When they arrived, they have some sort of finish on them. They feel smooth, but when I tried to knit, the yarn would not slide on the needles for anything.
What should I do? sand? wax? oil? I don't know what would be best, but I think they are salvageable. Any suggestions, or has anyone 'modified' their needles before?
No matter what I do, in the winter my hands get so dry that when I try to spin something really soft, I don't want to feel it/work with it, because it finds every little dry cuticle or dry spot and hang up on it. (I do a lot of outdoor activities and 'work' outside.) I use lotions, creams, and a twice weekly vaseline with gloves on at night.
Do any of you other spinners have this problem? Does anyone have a 'miracle' cream or solution?
Hi! My brother is getting married in Incline village at the end of January. I am a knitter and spinner. For those of you who know the area what are the best LYS and /or fiber stores that I need to go to?
Understand that I live in Texas, and knitting/spinning is not very big here and therefore our yarn store selections are limited.
I haven't bought a lot of fiber. I've been working from a huge bag of Alpaca I bought last year. I want to buy some hand-dyed rovings. Most are sold in 4oz quantities. What can I expect to spin from that? I know it varies by how thick it's spun, but can someone give me an idea?
O.k. I have 12 nieces and nephews, and a smattering of young cousins. the girls I've got covered with: jewelry, knit wristlets, hand sewn purses, hats, scarves, etc. But WHAT DO I MAKE for the BOYS that they won't think is sucky? They range in age from 5 to 11.
Mothers of boys --- please help me!!! What do these little aliens boys like that I could make? any ideas are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I saw a pattern a few weeks back for a cute cabled purse with a wrist strap. It had one cable running top to bottom back to top (on the other side) and was fairly small. It was simple, but could be elegant or casual.
Problem is I can't remember where I saw it: Knitty, here, some other site? Has anyone seen what I'm talking about or can anyone jog my memory as to where I saw it? I wanted to make one for mom on Mother's Day.
Has anyone out there designed your own fabric and had it printed and made? I know this might be really involved and possible expensive, but I have a pattern that I've drawn up that I think is perfect for a design project, AND can't find anything else that looks remotely good in fabric stores or online.
What do you think? Someone with experience, please speak up.