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« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2010 02:26:11 AM »

well damn! this class is going to make some beautiful yarn!
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« Reply #71 on: January 22, 2010 02:36:54 PM »

Thank you for the short tutorial and the links. I think I'm going to make a top whorl ad bottom whorl with some wooden wheels. I can't seem to find a local source for wool, but I know the hobby lobby in town has bags of roving for felting...I already have some of that, but I would love to buy wool from someone local....oh well Sad
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« Reply #72 on: January 22, 2010 04:23:52 PM »

I know this seems simple, but I didn't think I'd come up with local sources for wool this way.  I just looked under Wool in the yellow pages....  It worked!  So if you haven't tried it yet, grab the phone book.  It was a heck of alot easier then the internet for me.
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« Reply #73 on: January 22, 2010 05:18:12 PM »

this is going to be such an awesome little spin-along. I almost wish I didn't give my spindle away (SML, did you get yours from me?) but I don't think I would have much time, and spindle spinning was never my forte haha.

to whoever commented about their wool allergy being from chemically processed fibers - thank you for that bit of info! I did a craft fair this summer and a lady nearly ran out of my booth when I told her my yarn was mostly made of wool! she said she's allergic to lanolin, and ran off before I could explain to her that my yarns (and most yarns I have encountered) are lanolin free. I think most people don't realize that the itch-factor of the wool is relative to the breed.

a good little bit of info when you're looking for wool to spin:
the lower the "micron" count, the softer the wool; merino is usually 21 microns (so soft) and romney is usually around 30 microns (pretty scratchy)

not saying that one is better than the other - that's all based on opinion and what you plan to use the yarn for.

I'm definitely bookmarking this thread! fiber enabling is my second favorite hobby Grin
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« Reply #74 on: January 22, 2010 06:03:53 PM »

Yep, I am definitely who you enabled with your spindle Nesse. lol It's well loved for sure. Smiley
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« Reply #75 on: January 22, 2010 08:50:10 PM »

Yay! I just received my spinning kit today!
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« Reply #76 on: January 22, 2010 08:51:09 PM »

Awesome! I can't wait to see some pics of everyone's tools and progress once we get going. I've said it several times, but this is SO exciting. Smiley
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« Reply #77 on: January 23, 2010 06:40:32 AM »

I keep thinking of how full and wonderful Fiber Friday is going to be.  and that is one of the most exciting things about this.  a year ago we were getting 6 pages of fiber.. now we are lucky to get 2... I know I haven't spun in ages so I'm not helping the situation, but this is good incentive for me to practice drop spinning.
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« Reply #78 on: January 23, 2010 08:34:48 AM »

i havent spun in something like 8-10 years, but have been drooling over jane does's wonderful creations on the heavenly hair forum for years!

I never got further than a couple of sad attempts at making 2 ply yarn, but ill be digging some of my old supplies out of the back of my closet and giving it a go again following this thread! so excited to see everybody's results when we get that far!

(and I'm already making secrets plans for spiriting my moms spinningwheel over to my house in the dead of night:D) 
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« Reply #79 on: January 23, 2010 09:41:07 AM »

I got my spin kit today! It came with a booklet with basic instructions but I'm still a little lost. I'm hoping lesson 2 comes out soon.. otherwise I'm heading over to YouTube!
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