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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / how do you control thickness on a drop spindle? on: January 06, 2007 09:08:58 AM
Well the subject is pretty self explanatory, so, yeah. I want to know how to keep a constant thickness on my drop spindle, which I got a couple of days ago. I have used it on three little 1 oz skeins, and its working fine except I don't know how to "draw" the strand of fiber from the big chunk of fiber (there's probably a technical term for that, but just bear with me  Roll Eyes) and keep an even tension/thickness. right now I just take the long line thing of fiber and tear it into strips all the way up. The problem with that is that it is really time consuming and never gets a consistant thickness between strips.

So, what should I be doing instead? If its hard to explain, are there any good videos or tutes online that explain this specific aspect? I've seen a bunch of videos that are more overviews of the whole drop spindling thing, and thats where I noticed that nobody else needs to strip their fiber (heehee) first, but they dont help with my issue...

thanks tons!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / best wheel for a beginner? on: December 29, 2006 01:01:58 PM
I'm sure this topic has been up before.. but I couldn't find it when I searched, so anyway, any advice would be appreciated!

kay so I really want to spin and stuff, and I just bought a drop spindle and some fiber from etsy a couple of days ago. It should last me a long time, hopefully, but if I really love it then I'd love to get a spinning wheel sometime in the future. I have no intention of buying one now or even in the next couple months but it cant hurt to look ahead Grin.

right so I have no idea where to start looking/researching, but what suggestions do you guys have for beginner wheels? I'm not into suuuuper bulky yarn, more lighter stuff and that cool bumpy thick and thin stuff that so many etsy stores have, basically. haha if that doesnt make sense then you can just slap me and tell me to stop talking!

yeah so which brands/models would I want to look at if I like the spinning thing? and what price ranges would I be looking at here?

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find this yarn? Noro Silk Garden 82? on: November 21, 2006 08:01:55 PM
heyyyy... um so after seeing this amazing scarf at fig and plum, http://figandplum.com/, I know I have to make it. like ohmigod. I've spent hours (ahem, days) poring over the colorways of noro silk garden, but still, the one i want is 82. problem is, i cant really find any online stores that have it for cheap... I think its actually been discontinued.

Anybody know of where I can find some of it on sale for like, a good amount under the hundred plus bucks that it is full price? I need 10ish skeins, but the only place that I have seen this colorway online sells it full-price at more than 11 dollars each. no way, right?

Oh, and if this yarn really has been discontinued, are there any colorways that are comparable to 82? All the others seem quite garish and have one major-bright color in them that looks yucky. I dont mind colors, as long as they are subtle and pretty and nice.

thank you sooo much! <3*abagillion
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / quick, free sweater patterns..? on: October 02, 2006 09:26:59 AM
It's already october! its getting chilly... i need a sweater!

I have looked evvvvvvery where for a free sweater pattern that I like, but no luck. Does anyone know of a pattern that knits up rather quickly on some big-ish Grin needles? I can do cables and fair isle and all that stuff, but I really have only been knitting since the beginning of the summer, so anything superduper complicated with fair isle all over, for example, is probably a bad idea. I've been looking for a sweater that isn't really busy, but I want it to have some detail or interest on it. and it has to be WARM! as in, I-just-came-back-from-cross-country-practice-running-six-miles-in-the-snow warm. new england winter warm.

If anyone knows of a link to a great pattern, do you mind sharing?

thanks in advance!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / blocking. hmmmm... on: September 24, 2006 06:34:34 PM
i know, i know. no such thing as a stupid question.  Roll Eyes but anyways this probably is pretty dumb. so i sorta knit a lot, but no big projects or anything. just a scarf, a bagillion ipod/cellphone cases, etc., etc.

heres what i know. whenever i stockinette stitch, it curls up n stuff, and i know that actually is supposed to happen. and i know that to fix that, you do blocking. what I dont know is what blocking is.

could someone explain? like, what the process is and how it works?


oh and p.s: sorry if this post has somehow completely messed up craftster or something. who knows with my skill at computers. haha it took me an hour to figure out which button to press to do a post. so clueless!
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