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« on: August 11, 2013 03:16:55 PM »

I have been DROOLING over spinning wheels lately. A friend let me borrow one of hers, so I was able to learn and get going. This yarn is the very first wheel yarn I've done- it's blue face leicester that I picked up at a local yarn shop, and I plied it with more of itself (this is actually only my second time to ply, EVER! I learned how to ply from Belladune's awesome tutorial).

I'd love to hear what you guys think- the good, the bad, and the suggestions. I love spinning and I want to get better, but I know most of my mistakes will get better as I practice.



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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013 05:55:01 PM »

Awesome first wheel spun!! So happy my plying tute was helpful.  Evenness comes with practice and really really feeling the fibres as they draft. You can feel when you have to many and when you have to little.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013 07:08:59 PM »

I'm so excited for you P3! Welcome to our world. That looks lovely.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2013 08:51:04 PM »

Congrats on your first wheel-spun yarn! I am so jealous because yours is sooo nice and my first was so horrible. I second what you said about practice makes perfect. I think spinning is very much an art that you have to do over and over again to know what you are trying to achieve. I admire people who can look at their singles and be like "oh yeah, once that's done and plied, it will probably be about 850 yards of fingering."

What wheel was it? What did you think of the wheel? I much prefer wheels over spindles, but I haven't fiddled with spindles too much to be honest, so I'm sure bad spindles left a bad taste in my mouth.
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2013 02:09:11 PM »

Thanks, guys!
Ginger, I'm using an ancient Ashford. I absolutely adore it! I've never used a wheel before, so it really doesn't seem like a bad wheel to me (but the owner sees things differently..... Wink). I do like spinning with a spindle, but wheel spinning is just......so......zen. Smiley
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