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« on: June 13, 2009 02:53:29 AM »

>_> Okay. I have never spun anything ever in my entire life. But I'm going nuts wanting to start, and yet I'm broke. I can't afford to get any wool or anything, and my dogs, unfortunately, don't shed, though I'm tempted to take some clippers to one of 'em.

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How insane am I for wanting to spin steel wool? I mean, hey, if it works, you could make something even cooler than chain mail, right? >_>


« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009 09:24:43 AM »

I'm pretty sure that handling steel wool in the same manner you would handle wool to spin would rip your hands to shreds. Instead of steel wool, open up a stuffed animal or dog toy and steal the Poly-Fil to spin. It's not exactly like wool, but it's a lot closer than steel wool is, and easier on your hands!
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2009 04:19:08 PM »

Don't try the steel wool! Much pain would indeed ensue

If you really like the idea of metal yarn, you could corespin over thin wire.
I've done that a few times with awesome results  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2009 04:21:32 PM »

newspaper yarn or plastic yarn or tshirt/cloth/fabric yarn?(links somewhere on this site....somewhere) tried all of them, and i think i like the plastic yarn the best~ hope that sparks something of inspiration

« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009 07:36:03 PM »

Alden Amos the spinning guru claims to have spun steel wool "in the soap" but I don't know how true that is...  Cheesy
I'd wear work gloves if I attempted it. And use a spinning implement I didn't care about. One of those huge boat anchor spindles, maybe.

I started spinning with cat fur, then pill bottle cotton and unrolled cotton balls. I'm up to easter egg grass, mulberry bark, and strips of paper and fabric. Prepping the bark is taking forever tho. I do spin with nice boring wool, cotton and silk, too, though. Wink Who needs a spinning budget?

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009 06:37:40 AM »

I know lexi uses some in Intertwined..

I would probably card it into a batt for texture. I think spinning it straight would make my teeth hurt

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2009 07:25:18 AM »

I think it would hurt to spin it, but if you use chain mail gloves, you might be okay.  Smiley  There are steel wool sheep, however.  Here's a link to a couple:


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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2009 06:25:33 PM »

I think it would hurt to spin it, but if you use chain mail gloves, you might be okay.  Smiley  There are steel wool sheep, however.  Here's a link to a couple:


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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2009 01:47:41 PM »

Very interesting. I'd love to hear if you tried it! I'd wear gloves too, but I say, "Why not??" lol Okay I guess bleeding hands is a good enough reason to not, but I think you could get around that. Crocheting a steel wool wash cloth would be so interesting.

I like all the alternate spinning material thrown out here. I didn't think about spinning Easter basket filler! That's a fantastic idea. I actually have all of ours left over from Easter, trying to decide what I could do with it.

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009 03:01:58 AM »

My brother wouldn't let me. It's probably just as well. We don't really have any gloves, and I don't like the idea of picking steel fibers out of my skin for hours.

But on the plus side, I am glad I checked back at this thread. I just ran out of wool and am waiting for my dad to buy me a bunch of fiber, but I hadn't thought to peek in pill bottles for cotton. Out of curiosity, how do you prepare the mulberry bark? If I don't get something to spin soon, I'm going to give my poor puppy a mohawk. It's not MY fault he has such pretty red fur.

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