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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 on: January 30, 2011 10:58:04 PM
Here is my late entry lol. 

I processed this from raw wool to plied yarn.  It's 63 yards.  I call it the Arrogant Bastard but it was for a spinning challenge over on Ravelry. 

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Needs Support on: December 12, 2010 10:39:11 PM
It will get better.  I know with spindles they say about 100 hrs put in before the yarn starts looking decent.  It's all about the practice, put your little bitty 2-ply in a bowl and keep it like a pet, keep spinning, reviewing videos and reading spinning books, you'll start getting better in no time.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I teach myself to spin? on: November 29, 2010 01:31:18 PM
I learned to spindle spin from online sources mainly.  I did check out some books thru my library tho too.  Everyone learns on a different curve, it took me 7 months before I was suspended spindling, but when it 'clicked' I had just received a beautiful balanced spindle.  Now my new love is supported spindling with Russian spindles  Wink

Check out Abby Franquemonts videos on Youtube, she's like a big spinning guru, her videos are super informative, I find myself still watching them on occassion.  If you get a chance, check out her book Respect the Spindle, there's also The Visual Spinner, for wheels and spindles. 

(Sorry I'm using spindles as my background info, you didn't mention whether you were interested in spindles or wheels) 

I second the lovely spinning groups on Ravelry, there are many for both wheels and spindles and the people there are very nice and pass on info for any question. 

Good Luck  Grin
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 25 2010 on: November 26, 2010 02:55:32 PM
I do have some plans  Grin  There's this new shawl out on Ravelry called Fantasm, I'm about 200 yards short tho, so I'm thinking I have this beautiful natural brown merino I've got sitting in the garage, it's full fleece atm, I've been washing and carding it slowly.  I think the natural brown will mix well with the purple.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - November 25 2010 on: November 26, 2010 02:03:05 PM
I finished this roving up after starting it during July.  All spun on a drop spindle, plied on a Navajo spindle.  There's 435 yards of lace weight 2 ply yarn. 

6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mother Marion kick spindles--opinions? on: November 06, 2010 07:20:07 PM
Very nice.  I did pull mine out and it's missing it's hook, the challenges of letting your kids explore your stuff lol.  I've read that higher stools make them easier to use, or I just let my kids do all the work lol.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: size chart/measurments? on: October 27, 2010 04:11:29 PM
You could take an existing garment that fits, like a onsie, and measure across and multiply by two, that would give you a good approximation of chest measurement.  If baby isn't born yet, you could still do the same idea but with, say 0-3 month or 3-6 month, onsie.  

I would have to add tho, that it's prolly not that far off.  My daughter, while on the smaller size, has a 20" chest and has had this measurement for some time now.  (She's in a 3T at 3.5 y/o, that's recent size, she still wears some of her 2T stuff)
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: on variegated roving on: October 22, 2010 08:43:33 PM
Some like to do navajo/chain plying to preserve color sequences when they want to be more uniform. 

Other than that, I'm always facinated with the workings of roving to yarn to FO, because the colorways are always moving and transforming as  you workin it in the different forms.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with small amounts of yarn? on: October 21, 2010 05:15:02 PM
Trim on a project

a coffee cup cozy
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dorset on: October 18, 2010 08:19:06 PM
Have you set the twist yet?  Or plied it?  I think plying should soften it up and then when you set the twist add a couple drops of hair conditioner, when you thwack it, it should combine to soften it up.
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