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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner Spinner on: September 03, 2010 11:10:46 AM
The fiber I got with my spindle was a big batt, and all of the tutorials suggested pre-drafting.  It was difficult, because I think the staple length was too short for me to begin with.. I'd get going drafting, and then it would come apart. Sad

I stopped by the only place in our city that sells roving, and got some nice alpaca fiber, I tried that out and now I'm able to actually achieve something that looks sort of kind of like.. yarn!!

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Spinner on: September 02, 2010 06:21:17 PM
So as I posted on the Learn To Spin 2010 boards, I finally received my spinning kit off Etsy today.  I can't express how excited I was to get the kit and to learn how to spin... I constantly talked about it to my BF (much to his dismay), read up on FAQ's, watched YouTube videos...

And then I got my materials. Quickly photographed them, and went downstairs to begin the pre-drafting and finally get started on learning to spin.

What a lesson in humility.

I live in a very non-crafty city, we have a Michael's and two dedicated yarn stores run by moms and pops.. so there's really no one I can go to here for tips and tricks and support. 

So far, I'm finding my spinning to be very un-even.  I was having trouble keeping the roving even while drafting, as I would be pulling slowly and then all of a sudden it would come apart.  I'm not entirely sure if I'm doing everything right, and still don't know what to do past 'spin it counter-clockwise on your spindle, and as you're going along, wind it under the whorl' since that's where many tutorials seem to stop.

Does anyone have any tried and true methods to learn how to spin for the first time? Any horror stories? I see all of the beautiful yarns on here, and then look at my jumbled twisty mess and wonder what I'm doing wrong! Tongue
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn To Spin 2010: Source your tools on: September 02, 2010 12:03:08 PM

My first spinning materials!!

I finally got my spinning materials from BlushingEwe on Etsy.  (She shipped them really quick, but I compulsively checked the mail a few times a day until it got here!)

The batt is kind of a blue/purple/gray/pink/red? I can't wait to see what it'll look like all spun up.

Next step... drafting? I'm both extremely excited and extremely nervous to start!!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Saori Introduction Scarf on: September 02, 2010 11:56:59 AM
Squee!! I love the little tufts of randomness..

Uh oh. Now I want to start learning how to weave, too... Noo!!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Earth Day Recycled Earth Crayons! on: September 02, 2010 11:51:58 AM
Wow, these turned out really nice!

I made some similar crayons with the boxes of leftover, broken crayons our after-school programs seem to turn in at the end of every year.. but I think some of the crayons were too low-quality to melt properly, because they weren't colouring properly.
6  Texas / Texas: Southeast / Re: Houston Crafters: Sew Crafty is now open! on: September 02, 2010 11:46:13 AM
Woohoo! I can't wait to come and hang out with you guys, and get out of the house!!

I tried to explain the excitement to my dad, but he didn't quite get it... my mom tried to sound enthused but I can't wait to come and spend time with other crafters who "get it".

(And maybe take some knitting classes or get some advice. I suck. Tongue)
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: 175 Amigurumis on: September 02, 2010 11:39:47 AM
WOW! I love them all!! Especially the Moogles. Smiley

I've tried making amigurumi thousands of times, but never seem to have any luck. Which is funny, because it's just circles? spirals? of single-crochet..

Good job!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: First attempt at crocheting on: September 02, 2010 11:34:50 AM
Wow, this blew my mind.  The colours are really interesting, I love how there's a subtle pattern.

Eventually I want to tackle a granny-square blanket.. it's on the ever-growing list of projects I want to accomplish! Good job for your first attempt!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of new stuff!!! Very pic heavy! on: August 24, 2010 08:33:17 PM

Here I was hoping you lived in Saskatoon.. I'm just learning the ins and outs of fiber and spinning, and wanted a buddy!

Do agree with it being too cold. Winters up here get down to around -40 degrees C, and that's on a daily basis, not just a one-time deal.

They're so beautiful!! I can't wait to be able to do something like that!!

I heard on another tutorial that you can hand-crochet the fibers to make a chain as well, any one have any luck with this?
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Learn to spin in 2010 on: August 20, 2010 03:51:49 PM
Please please please post what to do after you've begun spinning! So many of the tutorials show the whole "Draft, make a leader, wind around the hook, spin spindle"... and that's where the tutorials end. Sad

I'm sure other tutorials have more instructions, but it's so hard having to look and pick and learn from so many different tutorials and explanations (I know each has their own special instruction to teach me, but it gets confusing!)

Can't wait until this tutorial is complete! Also can't wait for my spindle to arrive!!
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