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11  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: OMG! YouTube video of a glass spinning wheel! on: March 25, 2011 02:50:06 PM
I've seen some beautiful pics of this wheel but had never seen it in action! It's just gorgeous!
12  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ugh, ever have one of THOSE spinning days? *vent* on: March 09, 2011 06:43:03 PM
I spent 2 days and a lot of fiber trying to get coreless core spinning to work.... I give up! 

Have you watched Jazzturtle's video on coreless corespinning? The beginning has a quick bit on auto-wrappping but then she goes into coreless. I haven't tried it yet but she explained it well and watching it really helped me understand how to go about it...I only had vague ideas before about coreless. Her videos are always good and I find them very helpful! http://jazzturtlecreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-do-i-do-it-coreless-corespinning.html

Oh, and yes! I have had one of those days...more than one, lol! Either interruptions galore or the fiber not doing what I was hoping for (it's never a user error, I'm sure of it! lol). Ug, those days suck! They're usually the days when you start out really excited to spin or just really wanting/needing to spin for sanity!
13  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday March 4 2011! on: March 05, 2011 06:43:11 PM
Can anyone suggest a link to a carding tutorial? I have some cards and no idea whatsoever how to use them. There's a bag of llama in my stash waiting for me to learn, though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp_fIc5lCuk That should get you started =) I couldn't find the vid I was looking for but this one seems pretty good too.
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to find someone who spins? on: February 25, 2011 05:14:14 PM
Tollers, like most retrievers, are double-coated which means they have a soft undercoat and a course topcoat. If they have their dogs groomed or groom them themselves they could just start saving the soft undercoat until there is enough to spin. One thing about the undercoat is it comes out lighter than the color of the dog...depending on the breed it could even be a different color (some dark dogs have a pale undercoat, etc). I have a golden retriever (a medium to dark amber color) and her undercoat is a light honey color.

http://www.vipfibers.com/ is one place that offers a pet fur spinning service (they don't blend with wool, which I like, but I think the blending with wool thing is personal preference). Even if you didn't use their service they have a lot of good information about it, such as approximately how much fur it would take to make a hat. There is plenty of advice here on the fiber boards if you wanted to learn how to spin it yourself...check out the Spinning FAQs and the Learning to Spin.

If all else fails, you could probably convince one of the Craftster spinners to spin it up for you for a small fee or trade Wink
15  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can I teach myself to spin? on: November 28, 2010 03:23:54 PM
Nope, can't happen.

lol Kidding! That's how I learned! You'll probably find a lot of people here who learned by using books and the internet. Videos are your friend! Check out the Spinning FAQs and the Learn to Spin 2010 stickies here in the Spinning: Discussion and Questions. Also, take a look at some of the Spinning: Completed Projects posts...mainly those with a title like My First Handspun. Those will give you a good idea of what a newbie yarn looks like. Oh, and it doesn't take anywhere near years to start making yarn you can use for projects...you'll see that when you look at those newbie yarns!
16  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Llamas, a hand spindel, and a HOME MADE WHEEL! on: October 07, 2010 05:24:49 PM
Since it seems all your questions have been answered, I only have one thing left to say .......


LOL Love it, MLF...and I agree! I'm dying to see pics!
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: wet felting - when can you take a break? on: September 26, 2010 02:34:40 PM
This should help...
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding off something circular, help please. on: September 25, 2010 04:11:05 PM
This is my favorite bind off/cast off. http://slipslipknit.com/?page_id=92 I use it all the time on hats, socks (toe up, that is), arm/wrist warmers, etc. It's very elastic yet not too loose. When knitting arm/wrist warmers I pair it with the Norwegian cast on...also very elastic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC6n8-p3b3M
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with Halloween wig? on: September 21, 2010 02:01:42 PM
I was thinking i-cord too...around pipe cleaners...then end it with a snake head shape, or I suppose you could start with a snake head then do the i-cord body. You could use wire but I would think pipe cleaners would stay in place rather than slip and poke you in the head! The curls are cool but when I think of Medusa I think of the snakes sticking up every which way rather than hanging down like the curls.

Whichever way you do it, I can't wait to see the results!
20  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What fibers have you tried? on: September 15, 2010 05:43:03 PM
I must say I'm having a hard time thinking of fibers not on the beaten path...especially after hanging around the spinning boards for a while, lol. You name it and someone here has probably spun it or at least attempted to! Some of the fibers off the beaten path for me would be camel, yak, buffalo, quiviut, possum...mainly because they're so expensive. Also haven't tried milk protein fiber or ecospun (recycled plastic bottles). I have, however, spun several breeds of sheep wool (soooooo many left to try though, lol), alpaca, llama, angora, mohair, silk, bamboo, cat, dog, Halloween spider web stuff, milkweed fluff...um...I'm sure there are a few more, lol.

Check these out for other fun ideas...
'The weirdest things we could spin? A game!' https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326340.0
'am i crazy? adventures in alternate fiber' https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296906.0
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