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laceybatey
« on: September 27, 2006 08:16:52 AM »

Hi all!  I just received a drop spindle plus about 4 oz of fibers for my birthday last week.  I also got a book called Spin It! to help me figure this out.  Well, I got a nice 4 inch section of yarn all spun when I noticed that I have a HUGE twisted mess all the way up on the rest of the wool.  I have NO CLUE what to do, but I really am excited and interested in making my own yarn. 

Any suggestions?  Ideas?  Tips?

Thanks!

lacey
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006 09:47:42 AM »

practice practice!  And predraft that roving!  But seriously, nothing will work more than diong it over and over and over till you "get it".
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laceybatey
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006 03:07:33 PM »

thanks!  I am wondering if I am drafting too much, now, because I have broken off more fibers than I have actually spun, so I guess an opposite of my previous problem.  Can I use these tiny pieces of roving or not?  Should I just count it as a loss and move on to the bigger pieces?  I read about how to do a join, but it seems difficult if you only have a small piece...
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006 12:34:41 PM »

You can use those little bits of roving, but I would save them till you have the hang of drop spindling. You can also use them for felting, or to stick with other roving later (I use them to stuff stuffed animals when I get enough saved up). That twisted bit on the end (that you were complaining about) is called the cloud (at least when its puffy and not twisted). If possible you want to keep the twist below the cloud which makes drafting easier. To keep the twist below the cloud you should keep your one of your hands pinched below the cloud to keep the twist out and draft above that with your other hand. I pinch with my right hand and draft with my left. I hope that helps!
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laceybatey
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2006 08:07:56 AM »

thanks.  That does help a lot.  I have abandoned spinning for a few days to actually finish up a knitting project...  But then I'm back on it.  I'll let you know how it goes!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2006 06:09:13 PM »

yeah, when spinning with a spindle you HAVE to pinch. it's essential to keep from the really big mess.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2006 10:38:37 AM »

http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/HowToDropspin.html

This helped me alot!
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2006 02:50:53 PM »

Hi all!  I just received a drop spindle plus about 4 oz of fibers for my birthday last week.  I also got a book called Spin It! to help me figure this out.  Well, I got a nice 4 inch section of yarn all spun when I noticed that I have a HUGE twisted mess all the way up on the rest of the wool.  I have NO CLUE what to do, but I really am excited and interested in making my own yarn. 

Any suggestions?  Ideas?  Tips?

Thanks!

lacey

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This website is also great, since it is on videos
http://www.icanspin.com/toc.htm
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2006 01:27:19 PM »

Something else that will make spinning easier for you is to practice twirling the spindle smoothly.  when most people learn to spin they tend to make the spindle wobble and it leads to yarn breakage.  Sometimes, when I'm teaching, I'll just have people practice twirling the spindle on waste yarn until they can get a nice, smooth spin - it'll make focusing on the wool much easier later Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2006 11:23:04 AM »

thanks everyones! i'm tryin to spin too...  Tongue

thanks for your links!  Wink
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