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schtankylu
« on: October 28, 2010 11:40:18 AM »

Are there any of you that spin, but don't necessarily knit or crochet? I'm obsessed with wool and have a drum carder. I have made around 20 batts but have been stuck with what to do with them (I attempted to sell them and the listing ran out  Tongue). I am tired of being lazy and have found my drop spindle when cleaning out the craft room and have decided to USE it.

The thing is, I don't really knit...yet...but that doesn't matter to me. Currently I am just happy as a pig in mud staring at gorgeous yarn for yarn's sake.

I am sure that as I make yarn I will want to do fabulous things with it, but is anyone else in the same boat as I am?
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Confuzzle
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010 01:09:54 PM »

No, but you could attempt to sell the yarn, too.  Grin
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schtankylu
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010 01:49:43 PM »

OH yeah, that's the ultimate goal  Cheesy

I just love everything fiber and wool. I figured it'd be a "safe" thing to sell because I wouldn't necessarily want to gobble up my inventory myself...a safe addiction, if you will!

I did buy a Spin Off magazine so I could at least try to familiarize myself with the world of yarn and whatnot.
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Antsy
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010 10:02:41 PM »

Well, I both crochet and knit (much better at crochet though), so if you happen to want something made with all that gorgeous yarn, you know who to send it to.
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wanderingskopos
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010 05:12:25 AM »

Okay so I both crochet and knit, but have you thought about weaving? If you make small pieces you can start with a simple DIY loom, which could be anything like a piece of cardboard or an empty box or picture frame, or a backstrap loom...

Cardboard/frame looms:
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/2546/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom
http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa01/aa040201.htm
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/diy-loom-tutorial

And even if you make small pieces you can sew them together like patchwork:
http://www.weavezine.com/summer2008/wz_su08_JanaTrent.php

Backstrap loom:
http://www.weavezine.com/content/backstrap-basics
http://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/ (the stuff on this blog is amazing, but it's also made with pretty thin yarn because it's traditional, I think art yarns and thicker singles would look nicer with just simple weaving that shows off the yarn)

Then here's one way to make a scarf out of art yarn and scraps by felting:
http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/pluckyfluff/

And I've seen amazing scarves done with the same technique as this sweater, by just putting strands of yarn together and sewing on top of them on a sewing machine to get them to stick together:
http://pluckyfluff1.livejournal.com/2008/03/10/
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2010 06:11:12 AM »

I don't spin, knit or crochet but have sheep.  I wonder if I could do a round robin kind of swap?  I could send fleece to someone who spins.  She keeps some of the yarn for herself and sends the rest on to someone who knits.  That person knits me something and keeps the rest for her projects.  That way I get something knitted from my own sheep and everyone else gets handspun yarn.  Is that crazy?
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010 07:56:49 PM »

I don't spin, knit or crochet but have sheep.  I wonder if I could do a round robin kind of swap?  I could send fleece to someone who spins.  She keeps some of the yarn for herself and sends the rest on to someone who knits.  That person knits me something and keeps the rest for her projects.  That way I get something knitted from my own sheep and everyone else gets handspun yarn.  Is that crazy?

Crazy awesome!  Cheesy
Could certainly be a bear to orchestrate but would be a really really cool collaboration. I would love to participate in a project like that!
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Thursdays_war
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010 05:45:51 PM »

I am totally in the same boat.. I have crocheted for years, mostly amigurumi, and have had spells of knitting obsessions.. But anymore all I want to do is spin. I have spun so much lately on a lovely Navajo spindle by Roosterick on etsy. I have so many skeins of handspun yarn laying around, but I don't really have any desire to make anything with it. I just want to spin and spin and spin..

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010 12:58:40 PM »

You could skip the spinning step and wet felt directly with the batts....
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Catielove
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010 05:31:41 PM »

I do spin, knit and crochet, but I've found myself hoarding all my handspun because I'm scared of messing it up by knitting or crocheting with it. lol
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