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« on: July 14, 2011 08:24:13 AM »

So I just finished spinning and dying my first 3 skeins and I wanted to know how to make sure it doesn't felt once I make something with it. Also someone else asked how to make more yarn even if your spindle ran out of room and I didn't see any replies and I was wondering the same thing. Like instead of me making 3 little skeins how do it make one big one even if it all doesn't fit?
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011 08:32:45 AM »

To make one large skein, get a bigger spindle!

If you are spinning superwash wool or baste fiber, you can wash as normal.  If you are spinning wool, you'll need to hand wash, then block your item. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011 08:44:35 AM »

To make one large skein, get a bigger spindle!

If you are spinning superwash wool or baste fiber, you can wash as normal.  If you are spinning wool, you'll need to hand wash, then block your item. 

What do you mean bigger? Like longer or?
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011 10:42:41 AM »

The whorl needs to be larger and the shaft should be longer so your cop (yarn wound on the spindle) can be longer.

Or you can spin really thin yarn!!  Smiley

Alternately, you could splice the ends of the smaller skeins together.  To splice, open up the twist at the ends of your skein and hand twist them together.  To make a stronger connection, wet the splice with hot water and soap and roll splice in between your fingers to slightly felt
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011 11:12:55 AM »

ok thanks and after I spin my yarn looks felted how do i get a tighter twist and it not be so fuzzy?
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2011 08:47:45 PM »

Do you have a picture of it?

Some fiber will be naturally fuzzy.  Carded fiber will be fuzzier than combed fiber.  How you draft and how much twist you put in your yarn all makes a difference in the finished yarn.

Just keep practicing your drafting and spindling.  You'll be able to gain more control if you keep at it.
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011 07:43:16 AM »

Theres pics on the dye board.  Thanks for you tips <3
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2011 09:46:36 AM »

Found it!  Great dye jobs Smiley

Did you dye the roving or the yarn after you spun it?  If you dyed the roving before spinning, you might want to try to pull your roving sideways to open up the roving.  During dyeing of roving, it can get compressed and doesn't want to draft too easily.

<---|||-->  where ||| is the roving, pull outward before drafting OR split the roving longways to make thinner rovings to spin from.

Draft the roving before you start to spin it will help get the roving thinner so you can put more twist into the yarn.  Fat yarn doesn't need as much twist as skinny yarn.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2011 02:45:23 PM »

I dyed it after and I thought I drafted a lot! lol I split it in half, then each half in half and if I felt needed in half again, then drafted. If you spin more to get skinnier yarn doesn't it just like curl up on itself? I want thinner more even less fussy yarn lol.  Next time I want to dye my roving first I think so thanks for that advice.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2011 02:49:06 PM »

The yarns on your site are soooo pretty <3
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2011 07:34:49 AM »

If you spin more to get skinnier yarn doesn't it just like curl up on itself?

If you put too much twist in the yarn, then yes, it will curl up on itself.  If you are going to ply the single, then you want a bit of over twist since some of the twist will come out when you are plyng.

A little bit of overtwist in a single isn't a bad thing.  During the setting of the twist, you can redistribute the overspun to the underspun.

Not every fiber will spin the same.  Take a look at a couple strand of the fiber you are working with to see if you can see the crimp in the wool.  The number of crimps per inch is usually how many twists per inch you need to spin. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2011 07:09:36 AM »

Maybe I'm setting my twist wrong because some spots were still curly.
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