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« on: May 07, 2005 10:31:10 PM »

I have been lurking on craftster for a while but tonight I happened across this board and it inspired me to finish plying my wool of my cd spindle. Bare with me, I dont know the terms or the names of the gadgets. I thought I would post a picture of the wool. I used a CD spindle then took it off onto some little gadget my grandpa made me that aloud me to double ply the one strand (I think some people use their hands to do this but when I tried my finger turned purple before I aborted that method).

This wool is some my father bought my mother for Christmas. There was 10 lbs of it so she sent it off to have it washed and when she got it back we were both a little overwhelmed at the size of the bag. In the end I got lucky and got a bunch of this nice roving. I can experiment now. I'm very new to spinning though (I happened across a free ashford wheel but still feel a little overwhelmed by it so I'm still working with the drop spindles.)


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Its not perfect but I do enjoy that I did it!

Im not sure if my picture are showing up so here are the links.

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2005 05:15:46 AM »

Hey, looks great!  I just started spinning (the past three days) and I haven't gotten nearly that much!  It also looks like your yarn is very even and there are no major lumps or anything.  How many yards did you spin?
I too have a CD Spindle and it seems to be working just fine.  I haven't gotten how to draft yet as the spindle always seems to undwind while I take my second hand off it. 
Have you ever thought of dying your wool?  If you have a ton of roving, you could always experiment with that so you wouldn't have miles of cream yarn sitting around.  Just a thought...
Anyways, good luck, and keep us updated with any more fibers you might be making (you shouldn't have any problem with as much roving as you have...)!

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2005 06:37:42 AM »

I'm not sure on the yardage. How do you measure it. I found the CD spindle to spin quite well. better than a dowel with a toy wheel. I have 2 cds on the dowel. I would like to try coolaid dying but was thinking I would dye the wool after it was spun but I guess its before?? Guess I need to read up on that. I would like to dye some for blue.

« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2005 08:13:39 AM »

This looks incredible for a first attempt, I wish my first try looked that nice.

I love that you are using a cd spindle. I learned on  friend's spindle and then I went home and made a cd spindle to tide me over until I could get a real one, but it ended up working so well that I decided not to buy a premade model.

« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2005 11:05:20 AM »

you can measure your yarn a few different ways. you can wind off the yarn from your spindle onto a niddy noddy (which are super easy to make) or the back of a chair. measure the distance in inches for one time around. then count how many times you have gone around winding it all off. multiply the two numbers and that is how many inches. divide by 36 and you will know how many yards you have =)
your yarn looks great =)
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005 11:25:45 AM »

Oh great idea. I actually used the niddy noddy last night (The name escaped me then) so tonight I will count the number of times it went around and measure to try this out. Thanks!

« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2005 11:23:58 AM »

Very nice - especially for a first try!  I've been spinning for a good two years now, and most of my yarn looks like yours -  Cheesy

Also, if you want to try kool-aid dying, it can be done before or after the yarn is spun.  Dying the roving will result in more even colour, but you can dye yarn varigated if you dye it as yarn.  The only thing to remember to to let the yarn soak for longer than roving - it'll take longer for the yarn to become completely wet. 

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