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« on: September 23, 2008 02:34:56 PM »

It looks pretty wonky, but I finally spun my first yarn!

I know why it's wonky; let's just say that 1lb of Merino is a lot to draft. And yes, stupid me tried to pre-draft the entire pound at once. I certainly didn't spin it all at once...it didn't take me long to realize just how fragile and finicky roving can be. Needless to say, there are some really thin parts and some really thick parts, but I can totally see why you guys love spinning so much! It's so much FUN!

I only managed pictures while she was still on the spindle, but as soon as she finishes drying, I'll post pictures of the finished product. Here she is, in all her awkward and newb-cake glory!







In all honesty, I wasn't really going for a consistent product. I was more of less getting a feel for the roving and a feel for the spindle, neither of which I'd ever handled before up until when I spun this. And now I'm eyeing the ball of remaining roving staring at me silently from the other side of the room!
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008 02:45:55 PM »

Looks fantastic!!  And yes, one whole pound of merino is a lot to predraft.  Shocked

Welcome to the dark side!  Muhahahaha.
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I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's me with some yarn on my head.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008 03:12:49 PM »

Thanks!

I rather like the dark side. Are there cookies? Actually, forget cookies; is there roving?
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2008 05:08:13 AM »

Looks awesome!  Shocked If you want to dive in even deeper to the dark side you could always DYE the yarn after you spin it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2008 06:14:20 AM »

just a tip, I'm a fairly newb spinner too, I started out predrafting everything and got some fairly lumpy/uneven results, then I switched to park and draft(google it, there are some great videos out there) which isn't really ay more complicated and it makes for a more even result. You also don't have to spend hours predrafting and get to go right to the fun part, spinning!
The yarn looks really good, though, more even than my first results!
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008 07:40:30 AM »

I use the park method, but I really hate having to spin and stop and mess with the yarn/roving/whatever. Plus when I'm dealing with as much roving as I've got, I kinda have to do some sort of pre-draft to separate the fibers down into something smaller and more....yarn-like, for lack of a better term. But thanks for the tip, though! I may give it a try when I'm dealing with smaller amounts of roving.

I've got my finished yarn wound into a tiny itty-bitty skein, and I think I'm going to dye it today. I'll try to snap some before and after pictures for you guys.
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2008 07:46:46 AM »

Yep, there ARE cookies!  And roving.  And batts.  And every kind of fiber you could possibly imagine.  The dark side is where it's at!

And...eventually (and I know this seems like an impossible feat right now) you'll get to the point where you won't have to predraft at all.  It's called "spinning from the web" and it positively rocks.  I'd suggest trying to "spin from the fold", but that is muuuuch easier to do with a wheel.    Wink
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2008 08:10:53 AM »

I've just started spinning, too, and it's so much fun! I should have enough after tonight to post. Unfortunately my roving was pre dyed, but I ordered some natural wool from etsy, and I can't wait to get started on that!! Your yarn looks fabulous. Do you plan on plying it?
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2008 10:12:54 AM »

Didn't get around to dyeing anything yesterday, as some family things came up that needed to be dealt with ASAP.

As for plying, the thought of it is rather intimidating for me. I've watched some youtube videos on it, and they all seem to make it so bloody complicated! I'm not sure what I want to do with it yet. I may try to ply it, or I may just leave it as a single.
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