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« on: September 21, 2007 05:16:46 AM »

I love my drop spindle, I really do (althought I think that perhaps I need a heavier one to spin my chunky yarns), but it has nice looong spins on thinner ones. 

Anyway,  I usually make 2 ply yarns, I spin one single, then ball up the yarn when I feel the drop spindle is full, then spin another, then ball it up, then ply the two together, and then my spindle is REALLY full and hard to manage, yet I end up with only 50 yards (at most!) of finished yarn! 

You all have such beautiful (big) skeins, and I know that many are from wheels, but it seems that the drop spindlers are getting nice big skeins as well. 

Am I just wimpy when it comes to calling my spindle 'full'?  Do you have mini-skeins too and just spin a bunch if you're going to use the yarn on any specific project?  Or is there some secret skein-joining thing that I don't know about?

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007 02:06:24 PM »

You just need a bigger spindle, methinks!

How much your spindle will hold really depends on the width of your whorl.  I bet your whorl is only a couple of inches in diameter, yes? 

My bottom-whorl spindle has a diameter of 3 1/2 inches, and since it's pretty heavy I usually spin bulky two-plys on it.  I regularly get about 110 yards in total...a good-sized skein.  However!  The most I've spun on that sucker was 230 yards!  So it can be done.  Just maybe not on the spindle that you currently have. 

I bet you could make a CD spindle for plying!  That should hold some serious yardage.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007 04:47:36 PM »

hi, you aren't limited at all to small skeins! What many spinners do is wind the cop off into a ball once the spindle gets too difficult to spin, fill it up again, then join the new cop to the end of the yarn in the ball, either by spinning the 2 ends together, a bit awkward but makes for a nice invisible join, or else rub the two ends together between your hands with a little bit of spit - works wonders! That way your ball of wool can get as big as you want it to be before you do anything else to it.
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