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« on: January 19, 2013 09:14:08 AM »

Ok I got my first drop spindle yesterday and watched several YouTube videos while doing this. I know it's far from perfect, but I have a couple of questions. Firstly whenever I would first start spinning again after winding some yarn onto the spindle, some of the yarn I just would would pop back up into the hook. It's like I didn't have it anchored right or something. There's no notch in my whorl to hold the yarn so maybe that was it. I also had a lot of trouble keeping the thickness consistent. It's just different all over. I'm hoping that's something that will get better with practice. Ok, so here is a picture of my finished sample fiber that I got:



Is it supposed to be that fuzzy? Sometimes, no matter how much I spun it, there would still be fuzziness around some parts of the yarn. I tried to smooth it by hand without much change.



Does this look right? Also, how long am I supposed to keep it on the spindle before it's safe to take it off? Does it need to sit for a while to let the twist set in permanently?
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2013 09:51:55 AM »

1- yes. You will get better with practice.
2- depending on the fibre type, yes it will be fuzzy.  Wool tends to be a tad fuzzy and you will not get away from that.  Smoother fibres like silk, or bamboo are harder to spin,  but will give you smother yarn.
3- it looks perfect for your very first spin. 
4- it depends if you want to ply it, but if not, letting it sit for a day will relax the twist a bit.  But to set the twist you will need to skein your yarn, and soak it in hot water. 
Keep practising!  Keep spinning!  And welcome to your new addiction.
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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2013 10:52:01 AM »

Thank you so much for the help! I'm not going to ply this, so I'll just keep it on the spindle for another day. How do you skein it? Do I need a yarn swift for that?
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2013 02:27:10 PM »

You can use a niddy noddy, a yarn swift, or my preferred method when starting: the legs of a chair.  Just be sure you tie the skein in at least 3-4 places, so when you pull it off the (insert whatever you choose to use here) it doesn't turn into a tangled mess.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013 06:46:11 AM »

Well I didn't have enough yarn to wrap around the legs of my chair so I used my husband's hands instead. After I tied it and put it down it kinked up horribly.



Is this how it's supposed to look? Did I spin it too tightly? It's in some hot water now and I stuck a long cup in the center of the loop so it wouldn't kink up in the water. Did I ruin it?
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013 08:14:16 AM »

Step one - relax! The beauty of handspun yarn lies in the "imperfections."

For future yarns, if you want less kinks then you need to put less twist in the yarn. I read a post once on the "right" amount of twist. I believe it was the lovely Belladune who said that if it isn't a) so underspun it pulls apart or b) so overspun that it snaps and breaks, it has the right amount of twist.

If you are going to ply your yarn, you want it to have a bit of extra twist. When you ply, you spin in the opposite direction which unspins the yarn a bit.

My advice is to keep practicing! Find some cheap wool and spin, spin, spin! You will get better with practice!
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013 09:18:20 AM »

That looks perfectly normal!   It will relax and the twist will redistribute through the yarn in the water. It may still kink in sections that are thinner, but save this yarn!  One day you will go back to it and be so proud of how far you have come.
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2013 01:35:51 PM »

Just thought I'd mention that the first time I spindle spun, I wrapped my yarn around the spindle the opposite direction from the way I was spinning the yarn. I was swearing about it for a good 10 yards before I realized what was going on Tongue Just wrap in the same direction as you're spinning, and wrap the hook 3 or 4 times, and it'll stay.

PS: YAY! NEW SPINNER!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013 04:28:54 PM »

Thanks so much for all the helpful hints and tips!! I dyed my yarn with koolaid this morning  Grin





It's a tiny little skein, but I'm excited about it! I have a 3.5 ounce pack of roving that I'm going to start on soon. Yay!
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013 05:26:49 PM »

Yay!  It looks fabulous!  I love how you dyed it too.  Those colors are great.
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