I saw that thread, and actually found the peron who sells the kick spindles on both eBay and etsy. I know this may be hard to believe, but I really don't think that I'll be able to save sixty-something dollars for it. I'm that bad at saving money. Mainly because it's something that I really want, rather than need, so I know that I'd find more 'important' things I have to buy. That's why I'd like to make one. It would be easier to justify buying a piece or two every paycheck (I get paid 5-6 times a month, so would have the pieces in no time) rather than spending a lump sixty-something. Thank you for the help, though.
Does anybody have instructions, or a link to instructions on how to make a kick spindle?
I really want a faster way to spin yarn than my drop spindle, but there is no way I'll be able to afford a spinning wheel. My aunt has one, but I live odd hours and it isn't very feasable to spend a lot of time whith her wheel. I am about to go on a very fixed budget (purchasing a mobile home on Monday *cross your fingers for me!* but will still have to pay land rental) and I'm terrible at saving money, so I thought that it might be easier for me if I can just buy the components for a DIY kick spindle as I have the money, then assemble it once I've got all the pieces.
I haven't been able to find any instruction on here, but I'm betting that one of you may have a link!
I just started spinning with a drop spindle, and am so excited that I just had to share! The colors are much brighter IRL, but I can't seem to find my digital camera. I've been very ill this past week and a half, so it has been nice to have something so low impact to keep me busy when my fever has been down. I only made 66 yards because that was all my spindle would hold. I'm currently spinning more that I plan to attach. Since I started experimenting more towards the end, adding angelina to the mix and some bits of metallic and neon embroidery floss, I plan on self plying so that it has glitz and fun stuff all through it. It is mostly merino wool with some bamboo. Anyhow, here's the crappy picture:
I have seen nylon fibre roving, but I am wondering if you could get enough stretch in the yarn to use for swim wear?
I think she wants to use stretchy nylon since she also mentioned wanting to use spandex, like the kind that is machine knit into stockings, which I don't think would spin. It seems to me that the twist would use up all the stretch.
Actually, I'm completely confused as to how you would set a twist with synthetics? I'm really new to spinning, but have been reading up on it like a madwoman for a few months now. So most of what I've said is based on assumptions I've made by what I've been reading.
I don't know much about spinning, as I'm just starting out myself. However, my aunt has been spinning for years (I just found out the other day!) and she told me that if you spin before washing out the lanolin, it'll make your hands super soft I know that this bit of info doesn't really help you decide whether or not to wash it first, but I thought I might throw it out there. It just seemed like a nice little interesting tidbit.
I'm pretty sure that you cannot spin with nylon or spandex fibers. To make knitted or crocheted swimsuits, you can either use store-bought acrylic yarn (yuck) or you can spin yarn from a superwash wool and knit or crochet that. You can also spin yarn from cotton, but if you are just learning to spin yarn, most people recomend against using cotton. Also, spinning a wool/silk blend would be really nice, but I'm pretty sure that silk won't stand up to the chlorine in pools. Anything knitted or crocheted will have stretch to it, so you don't need to use synthetics.
To avoid bumps from foil, don't use foil at all. I use a piece of paper shopping bag, with a corner turned up for easy removal. It's what is recomended on the packaging. If the bag has any printing on it, make sure that it doesn't come in contact with the dink as it will transfer sometimes ... the instructions failed to mention this and I ruined something I'd spent forever on!
I know about the Jo-Annes. She says that there is a fabric shop downtown. Also, for anyone else who might be looking, I just passed by a new quilter's shop on Laurel St. in San Carlos, right behind Trader Joe's (what used to be Lyon's). There is also a children's art studio next door to it. It's weird, because the children's art studio used to be my high school.