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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2008 05:07:38 AM »

Nicolassa has already said it all, really, but I just wanted to say that I'd also recommend getting some nice, fresh roving to start out with - it will make it far easier to learn!
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2008 06:12:49 AM »

I followed Nicolassa's instructions. It turned into something that looked a little like how it should look. I'm not sure wether I did it right. I improvised a little.
This was the wool after it had been washed, still a bit wet;

I picked it till it got all fluffy and nice. Then I constructed something to make it into easier to use roving. And then attempted to spin for the first time.
Pictures of it still on the spindle;
   
Then into a tiny ball;
   
Can somebody tell me wether I did it right or not? I'm not quite sure..  Embarrassed
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2008 07:15:55 AM »

You totally got it right!  Wink

Looks like it still had some lanolin in it, but that sometimes is the case unless you wash it like 3-4 times.  Some sheep (i.e. Merino, Rambouillet) have heavier lanolin in their fleeces.

Anyway, your finished product looks great!  I still have my first spinning attempt and it looks pretty much like that.  And you've now learned the process from the beginning...greasy, felty wool to supercool yarn.  Most of us learned with nice, clean, prepared roving, so feel proud!  Grin

You've got a couple of choices with the yarn that you've got.  You can either ply it with itself, ply it with thread, or just set the twist and keep this yarn a single. 
Here's a link for setting the twist:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197379.msg2091793#msg2091793 

Sorry, sometimes I get longwinded.  But I get so excited when new spinners join the forums!  Welcome to the addiction!   Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2008 07:58:08 AM »

Don't say sorry! I'm really happy that you take the time to answer like that. Thank you! I'm not sure yet wether I want to keep it this way or what I want to do with it. I do know that I want to try more  Grin Thanks a lot for the help!   Cheesy
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