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Topic: Triple Versus Swap SU 12/26/12 to 1/5/13 Sign Ups Closed  (Read 13653 times)
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2012 03:16:48 PM »

I was thinking if they received the actual yarn. I would call most handspun (at least) a medium based on how much time/$$ it takes, and I didn't want to puff up any package with extras.
Thanks for answering my question!

No problem....I personally don't know what it takes to make handspun, but I'm sure it's a lengthy process.  If you have any questions about that when partners come around, just PM me or your group leader, ok?
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2012 03:40:15 PM »

Re: Handspun - I'm still working on my questionnaire (as a knitting/crocheting/spinning/dyeing yarnie), but I'd be willing to spin for this swap too.  I can spin fine enough for embroidery thread if that's your thing.  I can also do wire corespinning, which I think is cool for just about anyone (a yarn spun over thin wire core, so it holds its form).
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2012 05:20:40 PM »

I've never had/used handspun but, as a yarnie, I too would be more than happy to receive that if my partner was into that. It didn't even occur to me, actually.
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2012 05:24:50 PM »

Ok, hand spun yarn counts fully as a craft....but.... We need to agree as to how much yarn constitutes a medium...so hand spinners.... Ideas? I know bulkiness makes a huge difference etc
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2012 05:36:52 PM »

Cool! I'm in! Cheesy

In regards to hand-spun yarn, I used to spin and know it takes a looong time but the results can be beautiful! (I never progressed that far Roll Eyes ). I use interesting threads, cords and yarns as trims when sewing at times.
However, I think I'd be put out if I was sent yarn from my yarnie partner in this swap. From the swap details I was expecting and really excited to get something I could show off right away without having to figure out how to best use some lovely handspun, buy or make an item, sew the yarn on and then show it off.
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2012 06:03:24 PM »

In regards to the hand spun yarn, I think it should be something decided upon by partners. Include that in future Q's if you'd like that, or PM your partner about it for their opinion before sending it. As Calabaza and mana24boyz pointed out, if u are not a yarnie, hand spun yarn would be of no use. I'm going to allow it as a craft, but if you are a yarnie in this swap, and your partner would prefer something crafted out if yarn, then I request you oblige. When I suggested this swap, I hadn't even considered hand spun yarn. While many would appreciate this, not everyone would. Thanks!
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2012 07:16:59 PM »

I definitely plan to ask if my partners want handspun before spinning for them.

For materials, I've paid anywhere from $2 per oz of undyed commercial wool to $5 per oz of handdyed wool to $10 per oz of handdyed silk.  (Yarn at a store is typically sold in 100g or 50g, which for simplicity's sake, is around 4 oz and 2 oz.)

Generally, the fatter a yarn is and the fewer plies there are, the quicker it is to spin.  (Plies = number of strands the yarn is actually made of.  Embroidery floss is usually 6-ply.)  I tend towards very thin yarns and I like to experiment with art yarns.  I recently spun 4 oz of 3-ply laceweight (~800 yards) that took me about 60 hours altogether.  (This means I spun 3x800 = 2400 yards, and then ran 800 yards - as three strands at once - through the wheel again.)  On the other hand, I've spun 2.5 oz/117 yds of ~worsted weight (the thickness you most commonly see in a store) cocoon art yarn in an afternoon.  There are other art yarn techniques that are very time-consuming/very fiber comsuming/etc, but you will not typically see them in large yardages.

Hope I said all that in an understandable way to a non-spinner.

(I think 'by size' is a terrible way to rate sizes of swap items, but that's a different discussion.)
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« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2012 07:21:19 PM »

hahaha, I agree with the by size rating.  Its so hard to determine a small, medium or large in crocheting, knitting too (I don't knit though)  I just always go by whatever I think at the time.  There is very little I can make in the small time frame!! lol
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2012 07:51:46 PM »

Smiley I can agree with the by size being hard... Mostly I was suggesting that so that if more than one person did hand spun yarn of same weight but one person sent way more than the other.... It's really so hard to be accurate/even in any swap though, really...,maybe I am putting too much thought into it all. 

I didn't mean I insinuate that any yarn spinner would send without talking to partner...just trying to clarify, is all
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« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2013 05:40:28 PM »

I just sent in my questionaire. I'm so glad I came on here! I was just saying to myself, "hey self, isn't there a cool swap coming soon you wanted to sign up for..."

I can sew, but I will be away from my machine a bit in the coming weeks, so I signed up as a yarnie for this swap. I hope that's okay!

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