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Laamissa
« on: November 02, 2005 08:03:51 AM »

Here is my progression so far of yarns Ive spun up using a drop spindle:

In chronological order from left to right:

#1- Dorset, kool aid dyed (cherry and grape)
#2- Romney, kool aid dyed (berry blast)
#3- Dorset  predyed rovings
#4- Wool, flax, and silk predyed rovings
#5- Romney and mohair predyed rovings

The first two have a lot of over-spin in them, Im working on eliminating that in my technique with more practice

So far this is my favorite and the softest...Its going to be a xmas gift for my grandmother (166 yds)


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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 08:57:24 AM »

Beautiful yarns! 166 yards is a lot for a spindle! Or do I just spin thicker yarns?
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005 11:32:18 PM »

beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2005 03:37:40 AM »

Lovely yarns!  I like the last one too. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2005 05:14:17 PM »

Thanks gals for the feedback!

Caedara- It was a lot for my drop spindle...it got quite heavy and towards the end I only had an inch or two to
twist the shaft with.  Im curious to see if I could physically fit more yardage on next time I spin up a larger batch

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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2005 07:50:32 AM »

you have inspire me to spin once again! I have only drop spindles, and thought that I could only produce small amounts of yarn. Yours are lovely!

So you can spin right down to just the very bottom of the spindle? Do you weight it or does all the extra yarn weight well enought to keep the rotation even?
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2005 06:35:59 PM »

Hey there Gomerriffic!.....Drop spindle spinning is sssooooo fun, you deff should start up again!
Yeah I love love love to spin as much as possible each time.  My spindle gets heavy but I take it a little slower as it gets really full.  As I wind on the already twisted fiber onto the shaft,  I make sure it is wound evenly.
I love to try to beat my yardage each time I spin a bag of fiber up
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2005 04:50:11 PM »

Okay two questions!
I've never dyed wool before, but I loooove the color of your berry blast yarn.  You can dye wool with koolaid?  Or did you use some other sort of fiber?

Second!
Someone mentioned 166 yds being a lot for a drop spindle.  Wouldn't it be possible, if you wanted an even longer skein, to make like, 2 166 yd strands seperately and then join them by spit-splicing or whatever that is called?
Just curious, as I am about to spin for the very first time tonight!!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2005 05:42:20 PM »

hi ignorantamoeba!

you sure can dye wool with kool aid, and it is sooo much fun
here is a whole lot of pages of diff peeps kool aid dye jobs:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4268.0

your second question about lots of length....if you kept the ends of both 166 yd strands fluffy enough to connect them and capture them in the twist Im sure you could make one humungous skein (thats actually a good idea)

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