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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / want the new Winter 2006 SpinOff? on: January 05, 2007 04:19:36 PM
Hi guys, hopefully this is okay by the mods...

I got an extra copy of the new SpinOff in my xmas stocking and was looking to trade it for either an old SpinOff (2005 or earlier) or a handful of fibre.

PM me if you're interested!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Q&A about mohair on: October 14, 2006 10:00:54 AM
When Inhope asked in another topic about sources for mohair it got me wondering if anyone was an expert in the stuff and could answer some questions about it.

I've bought mohair repeatedly from a small supplier who I believe gets it directly from a farmer. She washes it for sale and it is lovely fibre. However, I find I need to scour it and pick it repeatedly because of a high level of what must be a goat version of lanolin. Manky goat grease. Not distributed through the fibre like lanolin, but more chunky.

Since it's been like that more than once and over more than a year I wonder: are mohair goats greasy beasts? The fibre has never been stained, no bugs, very low VM, so I don't think the goats are sick. The grease in the fibre is white and chunky and needs extensive scouring and picking.

Any mohair goat keepers in the house? I'm also curious as I eventually want to raise a couple of the cuties.
3  CANADA / Alberta / spinning wheel in calgary needed on: May 20, 2006 09:33:10 AM
Hi folks,

I'm taking a spinning course in Olds this July and am looking for a portable spinning wheel to borrow or rent from someone for a week. I live in Yellowknife, NWT, and can't bring my Traditional on the plane with me.

Help a craftster out?  Does anyone know of a shop or guild in the area that will rent out a wheel? Shuttleworks won't.

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / torturing singles question on: August 04, 2005 08:08:34 PM
no, i'm not asking about watching romantic date movies by yourself.

i wanted to know how you people out there prepare your "barely spun" singles -- usually bulky -- so that they keep their twist and lock a bit but don't super felt.  i've heard this called torturing, but i've had a couple of blank stares from spinners when i mention it.

from what i can remember, torturing is basically the regular setting process, but you swish your yarn around a little bit, then drain and thwack it on the countertop.  is thwacking all we need to do here?

and pluckyfluff's cheeto-like stuff, is that just super-tortured or super-thwacked yarn?

your comments, please!
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