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cranberrry2001
« on: March 20, 2011 08:42:40 AM »

I got a drop spindle and 2.55 oz. merino wool. It sat for a while becuase it seemed that it would take some time to learn how to use both the drop spindle and the batt. After youtubing a few videos I got the hang of it, but still wonder how much fiber to grab when spinning. At any rate - here is the result! One ply Smiley though I've heard you can do up to three? (!) I think I may have opened up a whole new world of passion - for color, ('cause the dyes are SO rich and I love it! Cheesy) softness and spinning anything I can Smiley.

If any of you would point me in the direction of a good fiber place to get rovings from I'd greatly appreciate it! Please feel free to send me a convo or commment here Smiley

And... I've noticed others can spin much more consistently when it comes to the thickness of the finished spun yarn, does that come over time or easier with certian fiber types? Would love to know Smiley thanks again!




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littlebluegirl
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011 09:07:56 AM »

That looks great!  Personally I'm a fan of the thick and thin look.  I bought a drop spindle a while ago and not got round to using it yet, but this has inspired me!
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011 09:11:00 AM »

Those colors are pretty!
From all the stalking I've done learning how to spin (I just posted my first yarn the other day) it looks like it just takes practice in drafting to get it nice and even. Mine went from thick and thin extremes for more balanced but not even towards the end. Wish I could tell you where to get the good stuff but I will be looking as well  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011 09:46:00 AM »

That looks great!  Personally I'm a fan of the thick and thin look.  I bought a drop spindle a while ago and not got round to using it yet, but this has inspired me!

thank you littlebluegirl Smiley I like the thick and thin look as well, but I dare say it amazes me how consistent some can get it. Smiley I hope you enjoy whipping up some yarns of your own before long Smiley so wonderful to have inspired you Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011 02:16:58 PM »

I have been spinning for a year and I'm still not perfect with my thicknesses. Also, it does depend on the fiber. I tried to spin ome bamboo/merino blend thick and it wouldn't let me, it kept slipping to thin so it is very thick and thin.

As for where to get fiber, it is all over Etsy.com. My favorite store is knit.etsy.com, she has some great fiber clubs. For beginners I would definitely recommend thesheepshedstudio.com/rovings. There is a discussion with testimonials about it as a sticky in the spinning discussion forum. The fiber is cheap--roving for $8.50 USD/lb rather than the average $4/oz of the dyed nifty stuff on Etsy--but still really good quality fiber. I love it! I am ordering some today to get ready for teaching the girls at church this summer.

I love your colors! This is not a bad yarn at all. Working up thick and thin yarn makes me so happy. You get texture that is otherwise impossible.

Don't miss our Fiber Friday threads. It's where everyone posts their yarn(s) from the week and there are some truly inspiring spinners on these boards.

*!*! Another convert to the ways of the spinster!*!*
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011 05:39:22 PM »

Pretty!
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2011 09:41:47 PM »

Nice yarn!  I love the colors and the thick/thin!

The only limit in the number of plies you can have is the size of your spindle or the size of your orafice on a wheel.  The most I've plied was a 6-ply cable.  This is where I plied 3 yarns together (2 skiens), then plied them together!

The world of fiber opens many, many doors!  You've experienced spinning, but there is also dyeing your own roving (or your own finished yarn).  Fiber prep is another adventure.  You can take raw fiber and turn it into roving (that in turn, you can dye & spin). Or you can take various types of fiber and card or comb them together.

You're not limited to animal fiber either.  There is a whole 'nother world out there of bast (plant) fibers, and things you can add to your fiber.

Then there is knitting & crocheting & tatting & weaving & felting ...

Plenty of places to get spinning fibers. Just off the top of my head are susansfibershop.com, paradisefibers.net, louet.com, coopermoose.com, pacificwoolandfiber.com .  I also love the fiber I get from Carol Lee at the sheepshedstudio.com  Her prices are inexpensive, but yarns created from the rovings are beautiful.

When I come into a windfall, I like buying 20-30 pounds of various fiber from rhlindsay.

I find good deals on Ravelry.com.  It is a forum dedicated to knitters, crochets, spinners, weavers.  It is the most comprehensive forum for fiber artists.  A huge collections of patterns, suppliers, place to keep track of your needles, hooks, stash.  It's huge!
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011 05:50:33 AM »

wow! Thank you all for your insights! Cheesy If any of you are on ravelry I am cranberrry Smiley and would love to connect there as well! Smiley

I purchased a lb of llama's wool recently and will have to wash it before thinking about spinnning it - any pointers there? I know the internets are full ove wonderful resources on these things but I love hearing from people first hand Smiley.

Thanks again all! Woo hoo for fibers!
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2011 07:45:16 AM »

Cranberrry,
With non-wool animal fibers such as llama, alpaca, mohair, angora a good carding or flicking or combing and spinning raw works well.  Or bypass that and just spin without fiber prep!  Washing the yarn works well. 

If you do want to scour (wash) the fiber before you spin, do small lots of fiber at a time and try to keep the locks aligned.  Easier to say than do!  Sort through your fiber removing the coarser locks and maybe arranging by lock length. You'll want to grab a lock, shake as much dust & VM out as you can, then lay it in a length of netting.  Keep track of which end is the cut end and which end is the tip.  You'll want to lay all cut ends on the same side.

Since you are only washing out dirt & not lanolin, you won't need as much detergent & can use warm water.  Let the locks soak. You don't want to swish it around, this only encourages felting!

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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2011 12:16:12 PM »

Loving those blue slubs. Gorgeous first work!
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