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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday May 16th 2008 on: May 16, 2008 01:19:30 AM
My new Louet S10 arrived last Thursday, just in time for the long weekend I booked off work. I spent ALL DAY Friday making this. Thinking back, im not sure why it took so long since we have no TV and the internet wasn't working.

Damson Dream
100% pre-dyed Merino in Damson, purchased from Wonderwool Wales.
Approx 75g made approx 120 meters. I haven't measured WPI but its about an Aran weight.

My second yarn is:

Dirty Clown
100% merino again. Approx 100g/150m Aran again.

I love my Louet!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Kromski Mazurka - pics and measurements wanted on: April 10, 2008 10:18:47 AM
Title says it really.

I was wondering if anyone has a Kromski Mazurka, and if so, could you do me a huge favour and measure the bobbin for me.

I have a non-descript antique castle wheel with only one bobbin and the Mazurka looks a lot like it. Im hoping I dont have to find a wood turner to make me a couple more...
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 2/8/08 on: February 08, 2008 12:26:04 AM
My first time posting in Fiber Friday!

I finished this last night so i'm eager to show off! Its not my first attempt at spinning, but its only maybe the third time I made a good job of it (well I think so)

This is a chunky 2 ply, one ply is multicoloured merino, and the other other is just a dark green.

approx 29 meters @ 8-9WPI so far

This is 5 ply (VERY messy and confusing) it has 4 plies of just merino, spun really really fine, and one ply of merino mixed with angelina

approx 45 meters @ 11wpi so far

Im definitly addicted!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Angelina Fibers - Where to start? *EDIT* on: January 30, 2008 12:34:28 AM
**I was silly and didn't use the search feature right. So I have now answered most of the questions I had, but I would still like help with the last one, and Id love to see photographs!**

I have seen angelina fiber around and am thinking of using it in my next attempt at handspun, but where do I start?

Do I need the heat bondable stuff to make one long strip?
Do I get the none bondable stuff and just draft it in with some fiber in its little 4in pieces? Would I need to card it?
Can I spin it really fine, or does it look better in chunkier yarns? Im thinking of a 3 ply merino and my idea was to add some sparkle to one of the plies, so its as thin as I can get it. Would this work?
How much would I need to use? Do you use it sparingly?

If anyone has any advice, or pictures or their successes or failures with Angelina, I would really appreciate the help.

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help with new wheel on: January 21, 2008 12:45:37 PM
I was silly and chose this antique wheel on impulse for a Christmas present. The person I bought it from was using it for decoration, but the person SHE bought it from used to spin with it.

Its all moving and I have managed to get some yarn out of it, but it only seems to have one ratio - 6:1 and im having trouble keeping a steady speed.

So here are pics with what I think is wrong with it. Please could someone tell me whats missing and give me some tips?


Nothing much wrong with this. Its a castle style wheel....

In this one, i'm wondering if the hole for the crank is meant to be this shape? Its a little loose and it makes a hell of a noise, and sometimes falls off mid spin. Should it be just round? I can easily fix it if thats the case.

It only came with one drive band, wrapped like this around the wheel and the flyer whorl. But as you can see, the bobbin has a groove too. Should the drive band wrap around this too? Is this for a brake band? If so, what else would the brake be attached to?

Also, the bobbins are tiny. 3in across. Does anyone know of another wheel that has these, or will I have to make them myself? (I'm pretty good at woodwork) It only came with one, or at least thats all the seller could find. This is what I've managed to make, but I've put it aside for a while as i'm sure it is meant to work better than it is.

Any input would be well received.
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Finished Jolly Roger Sweater on: September 12, 2006 12:57:57 PM

took around 5 weeks to complete. Sleeves are BORING! Love it though Smiley
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