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« Reply #40 on: April 17, 2008 07:10:52 AM »

I made my own spindle with a dowel, eye-hook and a toy wood wheel,
http://s105.photobucket.com/albums/m204/jchinique/th_woodwheel.jpg

I've only use it for plying but I think it could work with this.
Knittyfingers, could you add a washer onto your spindle to weight it a little?
jchinique have you tried spinning fibre into yarn with that yet ?
i wonder if the weight of the wheel is good that it can constantly spin (without you having to stop every once in a while to turn it again)
I have 3 spindles made with those and it works really well. They are very nice for spinning thinner yarn. They didn't seem to like spinning thicker but I am a novice spinner. For thicker stuff I prefer my heavier recycled CD spindle.
But I love my little spindles too!
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« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2008 08:32:27 PM »

I have 3 spindles made with those and it works really well. They are very nice for spinning thinner yarn. They didn't seem to like spinning thicker but I am a novice spinner. For thicker stuff I prefer my heavier recycled CD spindle.
But I love my little spindles too!
that's awesome -thanks Eliea  Smiley
glad to hear it can spin thin too
i'll have to try that out

just one other question: can you sit down while spinning? i've only used a spinning wheel, never a spindle, so i like the fact i can sit and sort of relax.. rather than stand
now that school's finishing, i won't have access to the wheel and loom.. so i'll have to devise some new ways Cheesy
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« Reply #42 on: April 18, 2008 03:13:00 PM »

I have 3 spindles made with those and it works really well. They are very nice for spinning thinner yarn. They didn't seem to like spinning thicker but I am a novice spinner. For thicker stuff I prefer my heavier recycled CD spindle.
But I love my little spindles too!
that's awesome -thanks Eliea  Smiley
glad to hear it can spin thin too
i'll have to try that out

just one other question: can you sit down while spinning? i've only used a spinning wheel, never a spindle, so i like the fact i can sit and sort of relax.. rather than stand
now that school's finishing, i won't have access to the wheel and loom.. so i'll have to devise some new ways Cheesy
I almost always sit while spinning. I typically sit on the couch on the edge of the cushion. I sit with my back very straight and it actually helps my back and shoulders. Smiley I spin with the spindle suspended between my legs and let it drop to the floor, hold the spindle still with my feet, and wind on to my hand then when I have wound the yarn onto my hand I wind onto the spindle to keep the yarn under tension.
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I do stand sometimes when I get stiff or bored but I prefer sitting. Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2008 07:19:25 AM »

How have I missed this thread? This is marvellous! I've just fininshed my partners last package for the make a friend swap but I have to do something with newspaper yarn now to go with it.
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« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2008 04:31:23 PM »

eliea could you give the measurement of the diameter of the toy wheel?  Smiley i wonder if matters... and i assume its weight matters too, no? so it can't be a light wood-- it needs a slightly heavy wheel


oh! by the way i also have tried this spun paper yarn but i wet my paper before and while spinning it. here's the link
it's made from coffeeshop paper bags (where they put your danishes and things inside  Tongue )
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« Reply #45 on: May 19, 2008 11:06:50 AM »

oh how totally cool!  what a great thing to do with old newspapers!  although.....do you think that after a few years whatever object that was knitted with the newspapers might start to deteriorate?  or perhaps the newspaper holds together stronger once it's spun into a yarn?

i'd love to see any project you create with it!
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« Reply #46 on: May 19, 2008 11:17:07 AM »

I'm going to say.. I have no clue how long it would hold up! I have been using it to make bird toys so it deteriorates within a day or so (well it gets chewed to shreds!)
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« Reply #47 on: May 19, 2008 11:23:29 AM »

great. idea.  we (the earth and i) so heart you for recycling in such a creative way.
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« Reply #48 on: May 19, 2008 11:43:39 AM »

this is totally awesome!! way to recycle! What will you make with it?
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« Reply #49 on: May 19, 2008 03:15:49 PM »

eliea could you give the measurement of the diameter of the toy wheel?  Smiley i wonder if matters... and i assume its weight matters too, no? so it can't be a light wood-- it needs a slightly heavy wheel


oh! by the way i also have tried this spun paper yarn but i wet my paper before and while spinning it. here's the link
it's made from coffeeshop paper bags (where they put your danishes and things inside  Tongue )

Different weights are better for different things. Lighter spindles work better for thinner yarn and heavy for thicker I think. I may have that backwards. I think mine were all 6 inches around.
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