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« on: December 16, 2007 02:16:04 PM »

Ok so I just bought a bottom drop spindle off etsy and they sent some wool with it. I've been trying to spin it all day. I watched a video, I looked at books, look at sites.

I spin spin spin... sometimes its tight and sometimes it is loose which as a this is my first time I thought hey this is normal. But as soon as i take it off the spindle it completely unwinds itself. Even if i spin tight, i spin so tight that it has snapped but it still unwinds. I heard people heating it to keep the spin but I mean shouldn't it stay someone spin?

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 03:49:00 PM »

It will always unravel until you set the twist. I do that by winding it into a hank, getting it wet, and letting it dry stretched, like with a weight attached to it.

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 04:07:25 PM »

It will always unravel until you set the twist. I do that by winding it into a hank, getting it wet, and letting it dry stretched, like with a weight attached to it.

How is the best way to keep it unraveling while setting the twist?

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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2007 06:01:22 AM »

when I make a hank, I unwind my spindle onto 2 chairs that are set a yard apart (so the hank is 2 yards)  so I know how much I have when I'm unwinding.  The key is to keep the tension tight so you keep the twist. 

(other people unwind onto niddy noddies, or skein winders..  but my skein winder won't be here for another couple of weeks....  so the chairs work for me until then)

Again, keep the tension tight until you're all unwound.  Then take 4 or 6 pieces of small twine and tie up your hank in at least 4 places... ( take a piece of twine, find the place you want to tie the hank.. put the twine in the middle of the hank and make a figure 8.. seperating the yarn into 2 bunches with the twine's figure 8.  This keeps the yarn from getting tangeled)  Do that in at least 4 places..

I like to use a shallow baking dish to set my twist (I use a 9x13 pan)  I fill it with lukewarm water.  Submerge the yarn in the pan... and let sit for 10 min.  After 10 min, take out and I lay flat onto a towel.  I roll the towel up to get out all the excess water.  Then I hang the hank up with a hanger on the shower, with another hanger hanging at the end.. that's the only weight I use.. and it keeps the twist without over stretching.

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