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« on: January 13, 2007 10:43:44 AM »

Hi, everyone! Today I got my first spindle, and some pretty pink/orange wool to spin.  The only problem is, it has no hook!  It is a drop spindle, with a low whirl and I am having trouble.  I am getting a lot of conflicting advice on how to start, and they all involve a hook?  Can anyone help me make my first yarn??

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007 11:30:39 AM »

Hi super geek (nice nick  Grin )

first of all, you have to fasten a thread of wool as a starter. Tie it directly above the whirl and wind a few times around the pin. Then you have to do kind of a sailing knot. I don't know the right word in english, so I made a quick drawing.



Leave app. 10 inch of the thread and cut. Then you have to fray the end of the thread and try to get the roving to connect with the thread. Start spinning the spindle and the rest is just patience, patience and most of all, patience.....
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2007 11:40:45 AM »

Thank you so much for posting this I've been trying to figure out how to do this for a while.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2007 11:45:53 AM »

I was in the same position, when I got my first spindle. Took me forever to figure it out  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2007 12:39:30 PM »

I had one of those too, without hook and I ended up just drilling a hole and adding a small one.  It worked well!
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2007 12:57:29 PM »

Now, that's a smart solution.... Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2007 02:09:20 PM »

Hope you all don't mind my stupid noobie questions.  Just one more Smiley :
My yarn doesn't spin down onto the shaft.  The spindle keeps unspinning itself.  How can I fix all this, but is it just normal for begining?
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007 03:19:31 PM »

No questions are stupid! Smiley We've all been there Wink

You have to wind the yarn onto the shaft yourself. You loosen the loop and wind it on, then you do a new loop and continue spinning. When you are spinning the spindle stops after a while (and then starts spinning in the opposite direction because of the twist in the yarn) if you don't spin the spindle some more. You have to watch both what you're doing and the spindle Wink. But in the beginning it can be easier to use a method called 'park and draft'. I'm bad at explaining things and since I've never used it myself I won't even try.. But, here is a website that explains it: http://www.icanspin.com/parkdraft.htm

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