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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of dyeing you do? on: September 02, 2009 04:51:04 AM
During the summer the kids and I do kool-aid dyeing, which they love. The rest of the year I dye naturally with onions, black walnuts and elderberries. This year I'd like to try Queen Anne's lace and marigolds.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which one first? Drum carder or spinning wheel? on: August 13, 2009 07:00:51 PM
That's a toughie. I would suggest the wheel first, then hand carders, and save up for the drum carder. If you already have fleeces you could safely store them until you have a drum carder and work with purchased roving and the hand carders for a bit.

Which wheels and carders are you interested in?
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Now I'm intrigued! on: October 22, 2008 11:12:17 AM
Bluefaced Leicester is terrific! I didn't discover it for several years.

It does take practice and patience, and I used all of my first (pre-spinning wheel) yarns to create a granny square blanket. I didn't care how it looked, I just added it to the blanket and it was also great therapy. Now I fight over the blanket with my girls and the cats!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Birthday present for a spinner? on: October 22, 2008 10:50:15 AM
Handcrafted nostespines, handcrafted spindles, a different fiber (such as angora, mohair, bamboo, etc.) I feel would be great gifts.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Now I'm intrigued! on: October 22, 2008 10:48:05 AM
I started with the Ashford Student Spindle (bottom whorl) and one pound of off-white alpaca. Later I learned this was probably NOT the best fiber to start with.

Merino top is really nice to start with. It is long, very forgiving, and soft.

I truly loved the spindle to start with, and started my daughter on the same one, and she has moved on to Majacraft top whorl spindles and different fibers.

Check out thejoyofhandspinning.com for some great videos and advice for novice and experienced spinners.

Have fun!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any thoughts on this yarn? on: October 22, 2008 10:43:07 AM
Last year I bought a bunch of discontinued, I-never-heard-of-it yarn and I loved it. If it feels right, if there is a bit left, and you can afford it, go for it and enjoy.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I buy this antique wheel?? on: October 16, 2008 06:03:01 AM
My in-laws bought me a 250 year-old Canadian wheel last year which is lovely, but I can't find parts for it and hubby and I will have to make certain parts for it also before I can get it going. Right now it is a decorative piece in front of the closed fireplace. My in-laws have NO idea how to buy a wheel, they just thought I would enjoy it, which I do. It is going to take a bit of work, though.

My motto is: When in doubt; don't.

My in-laws spent $300 at an antique show for mine, and now it is a decoration until we can fix it. I would hate to hear that you spent a lot of money on a wheel that would also end up as a decoration, especially if you hope to use it soon.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My 10 year-old's first on: October 16, 2008 05:56:00 AM
Thank you! I will tell her. She'll be thrilled, and then she'll say, "You SHOWED people?!".  Wink
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My 10 year-old's first on: October 16, 2008 05:06:22 AM
Rhianne is great on a drop spindle, but here is her first attempt on my wheel (with a little help).

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Talk to me about cones of yarn on: October 13, 2008 10:21:24 AM
Okey-dokey! Here is the stand my hubby made for me. On it at the moment is 1250 wpi chenille. It is not the prettiest thing, but it works great.

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