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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / scouring OLD GREASY FLEECE advice!!! on: May 09, 2008 11:17:31 AM
ok, so i bought this beautiful fleece quite a long time ago, it was supposedly a corriedale fleece, but i'm not sold on that, anyways, it IS a beautiful gray/brown with lots of variegation. but i bought the fleece when i was a beginning spinner, and although it was bought as "washed" apparently it wasn't washed enough. of course, being a newbie, i didn't know this. well, at time went by, it seems to have gotten worse! i tried to wash it again, RIGHT after successfully washing a diff fleece, and i'm not sure it helped AT ALL! is there any way i can save this POUND of fleece from being thrown out? it would be such a shame! Sad
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / what's the big deal with ravelry? on: May 08, 2008 02:39:46 PM
ok, that title was not meant to be offensive, but i wanted to catch people's attention so they would read this! *sorry* Tongue

i've been a spinner much longer than i've had the internet, and so, i'm new to the online spinning community. i LOVE craftster, i've never had a problem with it, but when people started telling me to join ravelry, but i never got excited about it, and the waiting list didn't help! but then i started hearing how everyone who was a member LOVED it. so i joined. after about a month got my invite. and now....... I DON'T GET IT!!! it's so hard to use, like the way it's layed out or something. and when i got my invite email, it said "are you a spinner, click here to see what ravelry can do for you!" so i clicked it, and then had to sign in, but once i did that, the page was GONE, and i couldn't get back to it! i mean, i get the adding your stash part and stuff like that, and even the groups..... i guess i'm still just confused about how it helps spinners as opposed to knitters. so i'm calling on all the ravelry-loving spinners to help me out, because i want to love it too, i'm just going to need more help than some others i guess! :/
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / need to know ANYWHERE i can get ginned cotton online on: May 05, 2008 11:31:44 PM
6 months or so back, i bought a couple of bags of ginned cotton in a spinning store. it was great to spin, i really liked the finished yarn, all nubby with TONS of great texture. but the store is like an hour away, and i'm too busy to go, i've searched the net and come up with ZILCH!!! i'm amazed! i didn't think it would be so hard to get ahold of! apparently it's much harder to get than roving and top. ginned cotton is like fluff, like picked wool. it has been seperated from the plant, and everything has been picked out *seeds and things like that*. i put it through my drum carder one time, and it spun beautifully just like that. so if anyone has ever heard of anywhere to get this stuff online, i would be greatly indebted!!!!
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / ?'s Combing wool on: April 30, 2008 03:14:11 PM
i just bought my first pair of wool combs: majacraft double row mini combs. i had never tried any before buying, but once they came, i found the process pretty straight forward. the only problem i'm having is there are a lot of neps and noils when i'm combing, and the never really get combed OUT, they always end up in my top after dizzing. is this normal, or am i doing it wrong? i've never heard of anyone having a problem with this? and also, the amount of wool i can comb at one time leads to these tiny little strips of roving, like maybe 24 inches, is that pretty standard? are you just supposed to spin from 100 tiny little roving balls, bc i have over 20 ounces of wool to comb here!

thanks to anyone who can take the time to help and answer my question!!!
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / HELP!!! raw fleece!!! on: April 16, 2008 10:28:54 AM
hello all-
i have been spinning for a little over a year and half, and i like to challenge myself and experience all facets of spinning. after long consideration, i decided to buy a raw fleece. it came from frene creek farms *a very reputable seller of raw fleece and many other things, they come highly recommended* they always are very honest about their fleeces and will tell you in the listing if they have alot of vm or are VERY dirty/muddy. i bought 1 lb 12 ounces of targhee fleece, with no idications of heavy dirt or vm. i used the washing machine method of scouring fleece, and after 5/6 washes, it has lost the yellow color and smells of my wool soap *no barn smell anymore* but upon inspection, it still has lots of TINY bits of grass or hay or something in it, and some spots of mud or small clumps of dirt. is that normal?? i have no idea what a finely washed is supposed to look like? should i wash it more? maybe in smaller batches to try to get the dirt out? it's mostly clean, and i have ordered wool combs that will get here in about a week, will the combs get all that out?

on a side note, i have heard people use the term *tog* (mostly in england or europe) is that what is in my fleece? they will say "i used my wool combs to remove the tog from my fleece"

the pics included are after 1 or 2 washes, click on links to see pics!

any help would be much appreciated!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!



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