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« on: August 11, 2009 12:31:11 PM »

I've never spun before, but I wanted to learn how, so I bought a drop spindle and some wool online. I thought I bought roving, but I actually bought raw fleece (oops). I thought it would make a fun project to go all the way from raw fleece to knitted item, so I washed and dyed the wool, and am in the process of combing it. It seems like the tutorials always have you start with roving, not with the hanks I now have, so is it possible to form it into roving before I start spinning?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009 01:29:42 PM »

I'm really bad at explanations (ones that anyone can understand anyway, lol) and I don't have the pictures to help but I could have sworn someone posted a DIY hackle (that looks exactly like mine except longer) sooo...I dug around Craftster and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308767.0. Great pics! You can also get roving off combs in much the same way as the hackle is used...if you have the kind of combs that clamp to a surface or an extra hand or something, lol.

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 01:42:52 PM »

What are you combing it with??

You can spin right from that.  There have been plenty of times I will scour the wool, then hand pick it and spin.

If you want to make roving, all you need is something with a small hole.  Even though I have a diz, I still resort back to the shaker top off spice containers.

Pull your combed wool through the hole (you may need the aid of a crochet hook to get it going).  Before you pull the entire thing through, overlay it with the next bit of combed wool.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009 03:30:26 PM »

Awesome, thanks!

I found one picture tutorial that doesn't use roving, but it just seemed like it would be a lot harder.

I'm using dog brushes to comb the wool. It seems to work well, but if I was really screwing up, I probably wouldn't know it!
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009 04:54:08 AM »

Okay, dog brushes .. You're actually CARDING, not combing.

What you have when you're finished carding is called Rolags.  Spinning from them will make woolen yarn.  Woolen yarn is wonderfully warm because it traps air within the fiber.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009 04:57:00 PM »

Cheesy You're in the same boat that I am! Good luck!
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