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« on: January 12, 2007 12:18:37 PM »

so i usually post over in the knitting boards (and not that often...i'm a horrible lurker), but lurk over here more often than not....but my lurking days are through!  i just recieved a spindle and some fiber in the mail and i can't wait to get started!  you ladies seem like an extremely helpful and friendly bunch and i can't wait to join the ranks Smiley

check it!


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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007 12:34:31 PM »

Oooh....pretty.  Can't wait to see what you make of it.  I'm a pretty new spinner, myself, and have found the other members of this board to be really friendly and supportive.  Welcome, and Happy Spinning!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007 01:48:28 PM »

Did you get that off of etsy?  I think I saw the same set on there like a week ago, I'm a new spinner too so I can understand your excitement!  I just made a spindle and bought roving from RH Lindsay, I can't wait to see what you do with that beautiful roving!
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007 03:08:49 PM »

Hmmmm, very nice! I'm quite sure I remeber this from etsy as well Tongue Really love the colourscheme of your set as well! I've only been spinning since Christmas but am loving it. In a few weeks I'll probably try my hand at the spindle as well, at the moment I only spin with the wheel.... Smiley
Hope you'll enjoy your new hobby, it's utterly addicting!
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007 03:10:16 PM »

hehe yea i purchased the kit from maine woods yarn

i spun a little bit of yarn earlier....its SO ugly!  but i love it because its mine Smiley 

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2007 10:00:51 AM »

Hey Cherry, welcome to the addiction! You'll be amazed how fast your yarn starts to really please you... Especially judging from your first try, I think you will be happily contributing to Fiber Friday and instilling the burning need to spin into even more people. Smiley

I just wanted to mention that if you're trying to set the twist on the doorknob, you need to weight the yarn.  Try sticking a heavy spray bottle into the bottom of the loops.  (I used to use cans, but after seeing rust spots on my yarn I was happy to use someone's suggestion for spray bottle weights). When I first started trying to spin I totally didn't get "setting the twist" until after I took a class and the instructor explained it in more detail, so your picture looked really familiar! I couldn't figure out why my first yarn (admittedly much twistier and crazier than yours) didn't seem to improve afterward.  It will dry a lot faster when it's weighted too, but it will also drip a lot. If you want longer loops you can wrap the yarn around a chair, or even around 2 chairs.

I hope I didn't offend you, your yarn looks good anyway and for a first yarn learning on your own... well, it looks really great!
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2007 05:44:31 PM »

Hey Cherry, welcome to the addiction! You'll be amazed how fast your yarn starts to really please you... Especially judging from your first try, I think you will be happily contributing to Fiber Friday and instilling the burning need to spin into even more people. Smiley

I just wanted to mention that if you're trying to set the twist on the doorknob, you need to weight the yarn.  Try sticking a heavy spray bottle into the bottom of the loops.  (I used to use cans, but after seeing rust spots on my yarn I was happy to use someone's suggestion for spray bottle weights). When I first started trying to spin I totally didn't get "setting the twist" until after I took a class and the instructor explained it in more detail, so your picture looked really familiar! I couldn't figure out why my first yarn (admittedly much twistier and crazier than yours) didn't seem to improve afterward.  It will dry a lot faster when it's weighted too, but it will also drip a lot. If you want longer loops you can wrap the yarn around a chair, or even around 2 chairs.

I hope I didn't offend you, your yarn looks good anyway and for a first yarn learning on your own... well, it looks really great!


oooh thank you so much for the tip!  i'm not offended at all.....that bit of yarn there isn't even enough to wrap around my neck twice LOL.  i'll make sure and use something weighted with my first real skein as it dries.  i can't wait to improve LOL.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007 06:10:44 PM »

I didn't realize it before today, but apparently really balanced yarn doesn't need weighting.  But expecting balance from your first yarns is a little bit masochistic.  Wink
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