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« on: October 04, 2011 07:20:56 AM »

hello all! i'm just learning spinning, and being a thrifty person (and being told i wasn't allowed to max out the credit card  Wink) i hunted around and found that my best deal to start was buying a drop spindle from Babe's Fiber Garden and a pound of wool from Sheep Shed. i purchased a pound of Dyesoppers, and i was wondering if anyone had worked with them yet. its isn't pre-processed into batts or anything, so i was wondering what i would need to do to prepare it to spin. its supposed to come in before my spindle, so i'll have a few days to learn to prepare it. i'm basically looking for suggestions for where to start. i've read a lot of material, but i'm still slightly confused. any thoughts would be appreciated, be they conventional or otherwise!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011 07:39:45 AM »

Hi Rodelphia!   Grin  *waves*

To answer your question on the Sheep Shed dyesoppers, mostly the fiber that you get from SSS is commercially prepared TOP. Meaning that the fiber is already prepared. Its been washed, dyed, and combed and is in a loooooonnnnng dense strip of fiber for the most part. The place I started was on Youtube, and found that the best videos that worked for me, were from Theartofmegan (Actually there is a link to one of her videos in the learn to spin links under step 2 pre draft your fiber. Its the first link for a video in the postin.)

She talks about stripping the top lengthwise, then pre-drafting, then spinning it.

Good luck and let us know if you have any further questions.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011 08:29:50 AM »

i've been watching her videos to prepare myself for the fun (i'm a little over-excited. lol). they're very well done, and i actually ordered the same spindle she uses. i'll make sure i update when i get the wool, but it from the picture it looked like they were smaller pieces of prepared wool. i didn't know if i would need to draft them into a longer piece before i could spin them or if i could just spin them by the piece.
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011 08:47:44 AM »

You probably want to pre-draft the fiber before you spin it so that its a long piece. Its really hard when you are first learning to spin to draft, spin and keep everything going. So if you pre-draft the fiber is much more open and easier to work with than if you don't predraft it. Especially with the way carol packages everything it can be really compacted and hard to work with if you don't.

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2011 09:22:20 AM »

thats exactly what i needed to know. thanks! i've seen a lot on predrafting, but i haven't really seen much on people drafting pieces together, only what to do if you have a break while predrafting. i would think its relatively the same concept. guess i have more research to do! my wool should come in before the spindle, so i have a few extra days to figure it out. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011 08:07:49 AM »

I order her dye soppers a lot and they are extremely compacted so you will get lots of practice predrafting  Wink have fun though! Spinning is tons of fun!

« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2011 05:52:17 AM »

i about died when i saw all the pretty colors she packed in the box! she even gave me some beautiful black roving as a thank you. its so soft! i love it. i've got some pink and black spun up, its very beginner looking, but i'm proud of my first attempts. i cant wait to make something with them!
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2011 06:42:12 AM »

She is a very generous lady. How much did you buy? Don't forget to post your yarns in the Fiber Friday thread. There should be one this week, I'll make sure of it. Wink

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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2011 09:25:28 AM »

ooooo, my first fiber friday! Grin i ordered a pound from her, with shipping figured in the wool was about 1.40 an ounce.
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