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« Reply #50 on: December 01, 2009 11:31:15 PM »

I know we have a few spinners here so I thought I would throw this question out there. I bought some handspun on eBay when I just started crochet/knitting. I was looking at it the other day and started to unwind it and it started breaking in my hands. It has been wound into a centrepull ball so obviously it wasn't this damaged its whole life.

The breaks do seem to occur at bits where the yarn isn't particularly twisted. Would this be the problem? Or something else?

 I actually have ten/twelve balls of this. I unwound one of the other balls a bit and it didn't break at all for several metres. Do I have to rewind all of it to see if its okay,

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« Reply #51 on: December 02, 2009 09:52:09 AM »

I'm assuming it's a single, not a plied yarn.  I'm going to guess they didn't add enough twist into the single when they were spinning it so it's got really weak spots that are just coming apart.  As for the best thing to do with it?  I'd be inclined to gently respin the yarn myself to catch any weak spots and add some twist into them.  Alternatively, plying two of the balls together to make a 2 ply yarn instead would give it strength too.  Of course, if you don't have a spindle or someway to do that, I'm not sure what the best way to handle it would be.
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« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2009 11:18:23 AM »

I just added 8 skeins of Encore yarn to my shop. Great yarn for your next worsted weight project! (And it's navy blue, so it's great for a guy's project, too!)
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« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2009 06:43:06 PM »

I'm assuming it's a single, not a plied yarn.  I'm going to guess they didn't add enough twist into the single when they were spinning it so it's got really weak spots that are just coming apart.  As for the best thing to do with it?  I'd be inclined to gently respin the yarn myself to catch any weak spots and add some twist into them.  Alternatively, plying two of the balls together to make a 2 ply yarn instead would give it strength too.  Of course, if you don't have a spindle or someway to do that, I'm not sure what the best way to handle it would be.
Agree 100% you can do it on a drop spindle too. Just put the balls in a bowl or mug to spin them together.
You can also ply them with a thread or something like that if that's handy.
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« Reply #54 on: December 02, 2009 07:20:46 PM »

aw dang. that sucks about the yarn!
I would sent a message to the seller. I had a drop spindle fall apart that I got from a lady on ebay and she was quick to give me free shipping on my next order and a free 8oz of alpaca (basically doubling my next order from her....awesome)
if they don't want to help you out I would totally give them a neutral token, you didn't pay good money for crappy workmanship

*stops being a blowhard*

oh, and I hooked my laptop up with an HDMI cable to my boyf's HUGE tv so i am currently surfing craftster in a big way. WOOP!
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« Reply #55 on: December 02, 2009 09:50:39 PM »

Its a bit late to pm the seller since I bought it a year ago. On the positive side, I counted and there are 12 balls of yarn, ten large and two smaller ones, one being the one which came apart. So, she may have just included the practice yarns. It was puzzling though, since the balls have definitely been wound on a ball winder or something and I can't imagine that that was easier on the yarn. I would have thought it would shred them.

I might have to try re-spinning as I don't really want really heavy yarn. I am on a shawl kick now. I have a lace "Faux Russian Stole" on the needles. I wanted to start something a little easier to do at night while watching TV. Clapotis, maybe.

Is respinning difficult?
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« Reply #56 on: December 03, 2009 07:51:53 AM »

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« Reply #57 on: December 03, 2009 08:16:25 AM »

I'm going to add the Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Canada and the United States to the first post of this thread for reference.

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Letters/cards to the USA December 14      to Europe December 1
Air parcel to the USA       December 4         to Europe December 1
Xpresspost to the USA    December 14       to Europe December 7

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Priority Domestic       December 21        Canada/Europe  December 14
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« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2009 09:41:29 AM »

@ Sansa

It's not really difficult seeing as you don't have to draft the wool or anything.  However, in your situation I would do it pretty slowly because you don't really want to add too much additional twist to the parts that are already fine.  What I might suggest is winding the parts that are fine onto the spindle adding just a tiny amount of twist and then giving it more spin when you come to the weak spots.  The trick is going to be spotting where those weak spots are before they pull apart from the weight of the spindle.  Hope that makes sense!  Smiley
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« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2009 10:22:15 AM »

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