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« on: August 21, 2007 06:13:21 PM »

My question for all you drop spindle users - How much on average do you make with your spindle? Specifically, how much (weight, yardage?) do you have on the spindle before you stop and start over?

I know to stop when you get full, I'm just curious what sort of results other people get.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2007 06:23:28 PM »

I spin until there is no more room left on my spindle and I find it hard to spin. I started spinning worsted weight, but have been lately spinning some romey and I find it very easy to spin a lace weight single that I usually ply back on itself.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2007 07:08:20 PM »

What sort of yardage do you get out of the Worsted?

I'm just trying to get an idea.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2007 07:12:21 PM »

I'm working on a worsted on a spindle right now, and I'm usually unloading about 15-20 yards at a time. But I am really impatient (love getting the yarn on a niddy noddy) and hate if it starts to wobble even a little.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2007 07:23:46 PM »

Cool. I'm trying to get an idea of what I can expect.

I'm almost out of material, so I've not spun in a couple days Sad I've got to scratch together some money and buy me a few pounds. And a noddy.... Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2007 08:42:08 AM »

I have a rather heavy drop spindle, with a whorl diameter of 3 1/2 inches.  (Can't measure it's weight right now as it's full of yarn.  Grin)

Since the spindle is heavy, I generally make heavy worsted to superbulky yarn with it.  I regularly get an average of 110 yards / 3.5 oz of two ply bulky yarn with my spindle.  The most I've spun was about 200 yards / 4.3 oz bulky two-ply yarn.  At that point, it was a miracle the yarn managed to stay on the spindle.  I think it all depends on what kind of spindle you have, and how you like to spin your yarn.

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007 11:15:08 AM »

I work with a Turkish spindle and easily fit 100 yards of bulky yarn (about 3.5oz) on there... I generally don't do more than that!
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007 02:49:35 PM »

Last night I spun the last of my fiber. 1.1 oz, about 14 WPI.

It's beautiful Smiley Now I need more so I can ply it!

Thanks for all the responses. I could get a lot done, if I had the stuff!
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2007 06:49:13 PM »

I can usually get about 2 or 3 ounces of singles on my drop spindle, if I wind them on really tight.  I can ply about 4 ounces on it, but it gets really really full. 
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