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« on: March 24, 2008 04:57:34 AM »

Hey ya'll I'm still fairly new to spinning and only a couple months into it. It's branched off from knitting and I have to say spinning is my new passion! I made myself a top spindle and wanted to show you guys my first few attempts. Bear in mind, they're not gorgeous but please be gentle. Enjoy and thanks for looking =)

I call this one Peachy Keen 22 grams/.8 oz of unknown wool

Cherry Bomb 32 grams/1.1 oz of unknown wool

Grassy Daze 67 grams/2.4 oz of a Corriedale x Colombian wool

Finally, Junky Funky 83 grams/ 2.9 oz of a Corriedale x Colombian wool. This one's my favorite of the bunch but this looked fUgly as a hank hence its name but seeing how pretty it is now and knit up, I feel I should change the name. Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008 06:36:30 AM »

those look great!! I want to start spinning so bad!  and as for the junky funky...uhhh you could rename it midnight shadow...that's all i've got and the colors remind me of nighttime, like theres a shadow on all the colors...
and ps..how did you make a spindle? is there a tute somewhere and what was the difficulty level?

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008 11:27:03 PM »

Wow! That's alot of yarn.  Grin great job.

« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2008 11:53:26 PM »

kestrel5287 Ha wow now that I look at it, it does look like there's a shadow^^ Omg, kestrel, you have no idea how simple making a spindle really is! I'm soo glad you asked this question. I got the info to make one at this site: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.shtml I also sanded the base and whorl a bit before putting it all together so my fiber won't snag. Any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby will have what you need. Also I suggest getting the long, uncut dowels because when I got the pre-cut ones, it was too small and my car wheel slipped right off, a good spindle should have a whorl that fits snug on the base. You should also check out the rest of that site. It has great information for beginner spinners.

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2008 12:26:39 PM »

wow thanks SO much for that link!  i was sitting here thinking it was going to be all complicated, but that seems really easy!

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008 06:45:39 AM »

very nice!  Smiley   I like the multicoloured ball a lot!
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008 08:45:40 AM »

I like those!  Great job!

I wish I had the knack for naming yarns ....  mine usually gets names like "Blue Corriedale"  "Rose Brown Shetland" "Black Icelandic w/ Jewel Toned Silk"



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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2008 12:25:52 PM »

I LOOOOOOVE that yarn, the photo's themselves are even amazing
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 07:56:39 PM »

me, i like "junky funky" as a name. it seems to fit--plus it sets off positive resonances in the brain of anyone who loves that show "junky TO funky"! i'd be interested to see how it knit up.

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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2008 01:14:24 PM »

The red one is really cute.  It reminds me of that cartoon Strawberry Shortcake.  And I'd like to see Junky Funky knitted up, too! Smiley

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