I also tried spinning with the packages of multi colored craft store wool back when I started on my drop spindle. For me, it was horrible, and I of course later discovered it was meant to be used with needle felting. I ended up putting mine aside and using it when i got my hand carders to make my first kind of 'weird' yarn.
This whole thread has reminded me how AWESOME it would be if craft stores sold spinning fiber. Droooooooll. Heck, I'd be happy if any of my three LYS's did. I shouldn't complain. I'm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I feel blessed to have three!
Everyone's yarns are AMAZING and making me fiend for roving. I'm jobless and quickly running out of money, however, and it's taking everything I have to curb my fiber spending. This is my first summer in 3 years I haven't hit up fiber fests. (this is where the violins kick in)
I am especially in love with that black bear yarn! That's incredible.
And of course: The bunny. I keep convincing my SO we need to make our fortune raising Angoras. He still has the mental image of me having dozens of rabbits hopping around the house. What's wrong with that??
WMA: That is the coolest idea ever!! I just moved in with a friend and haven't moved my spinning wheel over yet, so I've been drop spindling this week. I'd forgotten how slooowww it went. This motivates me to finish what I've got going so I can try that!
So here is the answer to the question 'what to do with that handspun yarn'..... make knit dragons!
TROGDOR!!! (www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.swf) Ha, these are so flippin awesome. I have a major problem with never making enough of my handspun to make anything cool out of it. I ALSO need to invest in a jumbo bobbin.
I know there's a Where to buy Roving thread, but I was wondering if you guys could suggest a good place online to get specificly silk mill ends. Everyplace I've looked seems pretty expensive ($56 for 4oz...course maybe that's a good price? Never bought it before!). Checked ebay and the only thing I could find was a place in Australia, and the shipping would kill me. Obviously I'm a spinner on a budget, and any tips would be appreciated!
I did not know, that but it makes sense now that you say it! Thank you so much for your help, tried it out and it helped immensely. I'm one of those 'let's see what happens here' spinners, and my brain is not so good at technicality. Hopefully I can get this done in time for yarn porn Friday!
Ok, so I tried corespinning last night, but something's wrong! It's WAY overspun, even when I spin in the opposite direction of the core's ply. Any suggestions? Also, what would happen if I plied a corespun to remove some twist? As in....would the cover yarn just unravel, seeing as I'd be spinning in the original direction of the core's ply? GAH!
I've been unraveling thrift store sweaters for awhile now. I've learned that machine knit, commercially made-in-bulk sweaters are generally much more annoying to pull apart, with shorter lengths of yarn instead of one continuous yarn to skein.
I've ALSO found a great use for wool multi-colored sweaters that are just not worth the pain of unraveling. I don't have any pics, but mom and I did this last year at Christmas. We would felt the sweater over and over again, then we'd cut it to make really cool and unique Christmas stockings for people. Or bags, or whatever!