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Topic: I'm trying to be a good spinner!  (Read 1898 times)
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« on: October 09, 2007 06:25:54 PM »



So I spun my second full spindle of yarn the other day, and was really happy that I was doing better!  It seemed much more even than my first go.

But then... disaster!  When I was setting the twist, I think the water was too hot, and my pretty yarn tangled up and felted together.  I got a couple of yards of usable yarn (the loop on the bottom and a bit on the top, the middle is the messy bit), but the rest is a big knotty mess.  I might just keep felting it and see what it turns into.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2007 06:28:03 PM »

I'm curious about what kind of fiber it was. I found certain types (cotton, bamboo) more difficult than wool when I was first learning.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2007 06:40:49 PM »

It's some kind of wool (I think merino?), I bought it on Ebay ages ago and forgot what it was.

I'm definitely waiting until I have a bit more practice before graduating to the fancy fibers!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 08:12:03 PM »

I managed to un-knot it for the most part and rip off the felted bits, and ended up with a good 21 yards of usable yarn!

Here is how it came out:



As you can see it's still really kinked up, so I wet it and hung it up with a weight at the end to straighten it out a bit.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007 08:44:59 PM »

it's just so SHINEY! Another way you can even out the twist before you set it is to hold it in both hands after you pull it off the niddy noddy and give it a couple of firm snaps. Also, when you are setting the twist, are you stirring it or anything? Are you boiling two pots of water to make sure that they are both the same temp when you go from pot to pot? also, to help keep from a tangled mess, tie strings around sections of it before you pull off the niddy noddy (or chair back or...)
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007 10:52:58 PM »

I set the twist by heating some water in a bowl and just soaking the yarn for a little while, no stirring.  I read somewhere that's how to do it... I guess there are other ways too, because I have no idea what you're talking about  Embarrassed

It's not really very shiny, it just looks that way in the picture.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2007 11:35:21 PM »

Its gorgeous!  I love the color.

This is how I set the twist.  I take it off my niddy noddy, (before I got one I wound it around the back of a chair, same principle), after tying it about six times, and snap it about three times really hard.  Then I soak it for about 10 minutes in hot water with a little soap, then another soak in hot water to get the soap out.  After that, I take it by one end and crack it like a whip.  This usually gets out a ton of kinks, even in some of my yarn that has come out insanely kinky.  Really though, its trial and error to find out what works for you. :-)

I cant wait to see what you spin next!
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007 11:39:37 PM »

Thanks!  I will definitely try the tying thing next time to help keep it from getting tangled.

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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2007 01:26:35 AM »

Mostly smell (its vanilla scented), but it does help get any cat hair or other residues out of the yarn.  Just be careful, because it can promote felting if you aren't careful.

Edit: a note on the cat hair, I usually don't let him around the fiber, but I found him playing on my wheel the other night, so I figured I would rather be safe than covered in cat hair. ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2007 09:47:23 PM »

I was taught to use soap too. I was told it helps set the twist. Just a couple of drops though. And very important to have the two containers of water at as close to the same temp as possible to avoid felting.
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