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Alexus1325
« on: January 14, 2011 07:24:35 PM »

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PHEW! Corespinning on a drop spindle sucks Tongue I only got about a third of the way before I gave up and used a combo of worsted-spinning, woolen-spinning and coreless corespinning. I think I need to grow a third hand to adequately corespin on a spindle. I did finish it up, though! I ran out of everything but the dark brown nylon stuff.



I didn't measure it because I dove right into making a super awesome earwarmer Cheesy I LOVE how the ribbon and lace look! ***EDIT** I gave the earwarmer it's own topic on the Crochet Board:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=370841.0

I also finished RED. It's 12.8 metres of worsted-spun (-ish), navajo-plied, heart-beaded yumminess Cheesy



No idea what I'll do with it yet, though. Thanks for looking!

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I recieved a goodie this morning Cheesy

http://www.etsy.com/transaction/41244667

I couldn't help myself, I HAD to start right away! I'd been oohing and aahing over spinning for MONTHS, so that was my Ukrainian Christmas gift to myself. Oh, and four ounces is ALOT of wool! I opened the box and was like WOAH! Anyways, here's the crazy corespun art yarn I dove right into:



There's bits of wool yarns, gold "beads," weird nylon stuff people used to macram plant hangers out of, lace and ribbon in my little pile, all to be corespun onto cotton crochet thread.

Then I wanted to see what that whole Kool-Aid thing was about.



That's a 9mm crochet hook, some paper towel, a CD spindle divider and tape Tongue Is it strange that I have better control over thickness with the small yarn? Mind you, it's still atrocious, but I'm thinking I'll add some heart beads and sparkly things when I ply it.

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011 11:59:45 AM »

Great improvised spindle!!

No, it's not strange at all that you have better control on your lighter spindle.  The spindle you got from Maine Woods is pretty heavy at 2.5 oz and best for spinning bulkier yarns.  I personally find bulky yarns more difficult to keep a consistent thickness with drafting.

You may want to predraft your fiber when spindling with the Maine Woods spindle.

Great job!  I would love to see all the goodies core-spun.  That's a technique I just can't get the hang of, even after a decade of spinning.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011 03:55:27 PM »

Haha, i  love the makeshift spindle!  I can't wait to see how your core spun turns out, looks like it's going to be realllly pretty.
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