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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Kraemer roving? on: October 06, 2006 12:17:04 PM
I called a LYS and asked if they have roving, and they have Mauench (sp?) Chunky roving by Kraemer.  I've bought that type of yarn from Kraermer before, and I was wondering if anyone has used this for spinning or if it's mostly for needle felting? 

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help - My roving is bleeding on my spindle! on: September 28, 2006 02:00:06 PM
I ventured into dyeing roving last weekend and loved it.  Started spinning the batch that has a lot of red in it last night, and noticed when I quit that my hands and spindle are definitely pinkish.  I added vinegar to the crockpot - should I just add more vinegar to the water when I set the twist?  Is this to be expected with a color like red?  The water was clear when I took the roving out of the crockpot. 

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Stupid questions re: plying on: September 20, 2006 10:20:06 AM
I read a great article about plying and I'm pretty sure I understand how it's done. I'm going to make a kate with a shoebox and my son's Tinkertoys (I think it'll work) to help keep the singles separated.  I get that you ply it counterclockwise. 

Here's what I'm uncertain about:  When I spun the singles, I majorly loaded the spindle.  I mean, I could not have put any more yarn on it.  When I go to ply it using the spindle, since there will now be double the yarn (in bulk), what do I do once the spindle is full?  Will I have to separate it (something I really don't want to do)?  I have a beginner's Louet spindle.  Would a homemade cd spindle hold more plied yarn? 

Any experience, thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated!  Thanks!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Newbie questions on: September 12, 2006 02:33:01 PM
Hi everyone!  I'm really enjoying looking at everyone's pictures and learning tons!  I thought I'd ask your opinions on some things I've been wondering about.

First, I know that all wool is not the same.  But, can you mix different types of wool when spinning or plying, or does it matter what the breed is?  For instance - I bought 8 oz. of dyed corriedale in the brightest fuschia imaginable.  I don't know what I was thinking, the lighting in my LYS leaves a lot to be desired.  It's very pretty, but it's SO BRIGHT.  I also bought 8 oz. of undyed superwash wool.  Can I blend the two?  I'm not planning to felt with it.

In the same vein - what color(s) would you suggest overdying the fuschia?  Royal blue?  Deep purple?  If I ply it, I'd probably use aqua or orange tones, but I think I'd rather overdye it. 

I'd appreciate any suggestions!  Thanks!

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