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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / A question about when you buy roving... on: August 07, 2007 04:53:30 AM
I have a question for you other spinners out there.

Okay, in my constant cruising of ebay I came across some mill ends for a really good price, so click click, I buy some (personal stash enhancement!). They get here and I take them out of the bag and WHOA HOLY DAMN, this is NICE stuff. Like, the softness is on par with the sock hop roving I've gotten from crown mountain farms. And I think, 'hey, maybe I should dye some of this and put it on Etsy instead of keeping it all for my personal stash!' so you know, I can justify buying fiber I don't really need.

The problem is, most of the rovings are in somewhat 'short' lengths - 5-10 feet, between 1-3 ounces or so. I like to sell in nice standard 4 ounce bundles. So my question to you other spinners is: If you bought a bundle of fiber, would it bother you if it was all not in one continuous length, but 2 or 3 lengths? Would you not bother buying it at all for that reason? Would a deciding factor be if it was cheaper than you'd normally expect for the same fiber otherwise (IE: Sold for less because it was not one length and it's a mill end)?

I'd really appreciate some feedback, and I figure there's probably no better place to ask than here. Anyway, even if you don't answer, thanks for at least reading this far!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / 'balanced' yarn on: March 29, 2007 10:32:21 PM
I'm having a bit of an issue. Now, correct me if I've understood this wrong, but when a yarn is 'balanced', that means that when you let it go after taking it off the wheel, it doesn't try to curl in on itself, right?

I seem incapable of getting a balanced single - which is usually okay, I like to ply my singles together, anyway. But it seems that I can never get a yarn that does not curl back in on itself without blocking it out. If I try to put less twist into the yarn, it ends up just coming apart.

So I guess, out of curiosity, do other people have this problem? Do other people have to block their yarn not only to set the twist but to keep it from turning it into a curly mess?

I worry about this because I have heard that a balanced yarn won't curl and that if you block yarn, you lose elasticity and fluffiness... but I have knitted with yarn that I've spun and blocked (pretty severely, too) and there doesn't seem to be any problem with the knitted fabric.

Gah, I guess I'm just confused about the whole thing.
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