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521  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Mother Marion Wheel? (kick spindle) on: February 20, 2008 04:35:56 AM
-Well for me, i used paint.net a free pixel drawing-thiny program, but you can certainly use other drawing programs, i just used lines and one gradient.
-A spindolyn is a supported spindle try searching it online, i belive she has a website where there is a small clip about it on that product page(i am at school at the moment and cant access stuff like that...)
-I also saw the mother marion wheel/kick spindle, just search on youtube in the search bar and there should be one.
522  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: chopstick/dowel knitting needle tutorial on: February 19, 2008 06:22:14 PM
wow very nice, i might try that next time, maybe paint it so it looks like #2 pencils or somehow attach (screws? or glue) to resemble the tips of a fork or spoon or some other ordinary things.
523  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Carding other fibers, and alternatives for hand carders on: February 19, 2008 06:20:34 PM
-Awhile back i was reading some sort of book on the google reader and i came across a section how you can card and actually spin milkweed and  other "fluffy" plant fibers, I was planning to experiment once the season is right and they start floating everywhere and at everyone outside, but I also read on a blog that someone tried it (with seeds on I think...) and combined with wool so it wont be 100% and it fluffed everywhere. Anyone have any suggestions? My original plan was just: Collect, De-seed, Maybe combine with other fiber, card/comb it, Then finally spin it and see how it is, (and maybe treat it and clean it maybe).

-My second question is that when I was browsing online for hand carders and thought they were a bit too far from my price range, and dont really want to go out and buy the dog comb or something, so i looked into using a hackle (Thank you for the DIY hackle it was very educational Lufah.) And just use that and comb it that way and going through that process. I read in books that even though this is also somewhat similar sometimes the short fiber is combed out and you can use that for hand carding later, which makes no difference for me somewhat. My Question(finally) is that can one really just use a hackle and draft your fibers that way instead of using a hand carder, but when I want to try using the dandelion, milkweed, whatever-plant-fluff, it seems like i have to use a hand carder to align all of the fibers together. Should i just purchase a animal comb or something from the petstore and use that alternatively? sorry for the long questions and my round-about way of typing.
524  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Mother Marion Wheel? (kick spindle) on: February 19, 2008 06:02:26 PM
Just a quick thought, after looking at some at work online on youtube and such, Maybe you can get a long wooden dowel and add a hook that you can drill somehow in there and then sharpen or attach something at the end that is a blunt, but still pointed(maybe shaving or reducing it by sanding it until the right size). Then add a platform that has a small U cut, then a circle and finally a passage so your "dowel" can go through and then sit nicely in the "U" indentation on the plank. Attach that plank to another wooden board that is a bit thicker and have on the opposite end, sand or somehow get a crater or something so the end of the Dowel can sit in while its spinning. Finally Add something that is round or a fat donut type made out of something light but sturdy(rubber?) and affix it somewhere comfortable between the plank and the bottom so your feet can "kick" it. (also you might want do do something in the area where it will rest at an angle on the upright plank like decreasing the width of the shaft in that area and adding something slick on the "U". Hopefully this picture I tried to draw will somewhat make sense...Sorry just brainstorming at the moment. I am currently waiting for my spindolyn, but a kick spindle sounds fun. Good luck finding answers.
(quickie picture) :Kick Wheel Picture
525  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Aran Tree of Life baby afghan :) on: February 19, 2008 04:39:49 PM
Wow i like how the cables near the trunk are intricate looking and then branches out for the rest of the tree.
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