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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2008 08:17:03 AM »

I almot always predraft.  The only time I don't is if it is silk or something like that, but then I usually spin from the fold.  If I don't predraft it gets too uneven and chunky for me.
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2008 10:46:31 AM »

It depends on the kind of yarn I am spinning, but usually, no. Frequently I will split the roving lengthwise, but that's as far as it gets. And if I'm spinning something like Crown Mountain Farms' rovings I don't do that, although I do split it into shorter pieces in order to alternate [the way the old dyer dyed the rovings they are darker on one end than the other, she advises separating the halves and then breaking them into shorter pieces and alternating to achieve maximum barber pole striping]
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2008 02:30:06 PM »

I hardly ever predraft, unless the fiber is majorly compacted and/or partially felted.  I just can't...too anxious to spin!   Grin 

I usually just grab a hunk of roving or top and start spinning.  I've heard this called "spinning from the web", meaning the whole web of fibers.  My spinning instructor mentioned at my last class that predrafting can "disturb" the fibers?!  I need to ask for clarification on that one. 

Sometimes if I have a particularly difficult/icky fiber I'll spin over the fold.

Since I worsted draft through my middle and ring fingers (where I grab the fibers) and then coming up through my index and thumb (where I pinch the twist) (yes, this is a sorta weird way of doing it), I have two areas where I'm able to hold back the twist, so drafting isn't too difficult for me. 
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