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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2011 08:11:54 PM »

I just started last night and I'm in love. I'm only spinning little bits of natural fibers to get the hang of it. Then I'm going to have a go at dying it and not sure what I'll make of it. I'm practicing getting the twist right and trying to get it thinner and more even by drafting practice. So addicted though!
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2011 08:52:10 AM »

Believe me, T, the addiction only gets worse!  Just think of all the different breeds of sheep to spin, not to mention cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, et al.  Then all the color choices.

I've been spinning for 9 years and I've only scratched the surface!!
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2011 09:46:35 AM »

I already want to get a wheel.. Maybe after the wedding and the essentials I can sneak a wheel in there Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2011 12:23:54 AM »

My husband bought me my first wheel as a wedding present.
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« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2011 04:37:16 PM »

Can anyone tell me how to tell if my yarn is overspun.  I just took a class this past weekend and I've spun up a little but I'm one of those people who doesn't really do well with the patient practice to get it right, I want it to be right NOW.  So I'm a touch discouraged but not giving up yet.
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2011 09:46:00 PM »

Don't be discouraged Ffrogg.  I've been spinning for over 10 years and sometimes I can't get the fiber to do what I want it to do.

Are you wanting this yarn to be a single or will you be plying it?  If it is for plying, you'll want extra twist in it because you loose twist when plying. 

Are you spinning on a wheel or drop spindle?  For me, it is easier to put too much twist using a spindle.  It's okay if the relaxed yarn twists back on itself a bit, but you don't want it tangled.  If you think you're putting too much twist in the fiber, stop spinning and draft the fiber, letting the twist go into the fiber until the twist doesn't anymore
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2011 03:27:50 AM »

I'm using a drop spindle (as the wheel still kind of scares me) and I've managed to spin about 40 yards or so.  I know that's not hardly enough to do anything.  But I was having problems getting the yarn to stay put once I wound it onto the spindle so I took it off and wrapped it around a chair back and twisted it into a hank. 

I like the look of plied yarn.  So I'd prefer to do that if possible but my problem seems to be that parts of it are overtwisted and other parts are almost undertwisted.  Roll Eyes  I have some more of the same fiber I was spinning the other day so I may just have to work on some more of that and see how it comes out. 
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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2011 09:58:08 AM »

Not to worry, Ffrogg!  With only 40 yards of spinning, you are creating an art yarn that I love to use!! You can help redistribute the twist  by soaking it in warm water with a squirt of hair conditioner.

Un-twist it from the hank and tie it off in at least 4 places.  Place it in the warm water for 5-10 minutes.  Remove and squeeze (do not wring) the water out.  Take it outside and twirl it (this is "12:00" position).  Grab the skein at "6:00" and twirl it again.  Repeat at "3:00" & "9:00" positions.  This not only removes more water, it helps redistribute the twist.  Hang it up to dry, then twist into a hank until ready to use.

Check out Abby Franquemont's youtube videos Intro to Spinning, Part 1, Intro to Spinning, Part 2.  Abby is the author of Respect the Spindle published by Interweave Press.  I only know Abby from online convos and emails, but she is a great lady that knows her stuff and is always willing to help.
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2011 08:32:34 AM »

After stalking the Fiber Arts community for about a week, I have found my new obsession:  Spinning my own, so I have ordered a top whorl spindle and some BFL roving.  I am so excited to receive it; I hope I can do this  Shocked
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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2011 09:47:28 PM »

Of course you can to it!!  Be sure to show off your yarns in the Fiber Friday threads!
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