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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Sari silk mill ends? on: May 13, 2009 11:06:29 AM
I know there's a Where to buy Roving thread, but I was wondering if you guys could suggest a good place online to get specificly silk mill ends. Everyplace I've looked seems pretty expensive ($56 for 4oz...course maybe that's a good price? Never bought it before!). Checked ebay and the only thing I could find was a place in Australia, and the shipping would kill me. Obviously I'm a spinner on a budget, and any tips would be appreciated!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help! I'm caught in an overspun and can't get out! on: May 12, 2009 04:58:21 AM
Ok, so I tried corespinning last night, but something's wrong! It's WAY overspun, even when I spin in the opposite direction of the core's ply. Any suggestions? Also, what would happen if I plied a corespun to remove some twist? As in....would the cover yarn just unravel, seeing as I'd be spinning in the original direction of the core's ply? GAH!
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What do you guys do while you spin? on: July 28, 2007 04:18:55 PM
I was just sitting here wondering about this, and I realized that's what forums are for. To talk to people.

So what do you guys do while you spin? Do you go into a meditative trance and become one with the yarn? Do you listen to music? Do you watch Scrubs reruns? Or, like me, do you spend every piece of your attention on keeping your cat away from your deliciously moving and spinning string? (I swear, my cat thinks my wheel is his toy. As soon as he hears it moving he runs into the room and gets into 'pounce' position.)

A multi-tasker to the bone, I usually listen to audio books. What about you guys?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Finished yarn! (finally) IMG HEAVY on: April 25, 2007 03:01:08 PM
I got my spinning wheel a few weeks ago and spun up some yarn, but I didn't want to post until I'd dyed it, which I put off for two weeks because I was afraid it would turn out horrible, and I'd become very attached to this yarn. But I finally got the guts and TADAH! Here it is! A little overtwisted, but I actually don't mind. I dyed using Wilton's and a very impromptu method, because after dyeing three skeins in my back yard, it started to rain, so I had to move the whole thing inside.

This was some very cheap Blue Faced Leicester (or however the heck you spell that).

I'm very happy with how it turned out and can't wait to find something to knit out of it.
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dyeing large amounts of yarn. on: April 21, 2007 11:25:40 AM
Wowza. Ok, I've been going search crazy. I've read everything there is to read about handpainting yarn. Now I just want some honest opinions.

I got my first spinning wheel (!!!!!) and have spun up about 6 skeins of yarn. Now, I want to dye them. I want them to be handpainted, as in, not all uniform colors, BUT, I want the colors to match so that I can use all six skeins in a project. I'm a little overwhelmed at all the different ways there are to dye yarn, and getting a little scared that I'm going to either 1) Make a horrible baby poop color out of my yarn by trying to do too many skeins and having it all blend together, 2) Not have these skeins match and so not being able to use all in one project. My tentative plan is to soak the yarn in water/vinegar, lay them all out on saran wrap and sort of squirt the dye where I want it to go, blending the colors a little here and there. Where I get confused is in the 'heating' of the yarn, if that makes any sense. All the how-to's I've seen have at some point shown using hot water to dye the yarn, but I don't see how to do that when hand painting. Any help/explanation/coaching is appreciated!
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / What a girl will do for gadgets... on: November 12, 2006 08:54:37 PM
Wasn't quite sure where to post this....felt a bit silly posting it in the 'Completed Projects', because it took me all of five minutes to make.

I got a craving to make my own niddy noddy, but as it was 10pm, I couldn't head out to Home Depot to buy pvc pipe. So I went to the basement, and found an old cardboard tube left over from used up wrapping paper, cut it a yard long, used the remainder to make the two ends, then cut slits in the main part to stick the ends into. Voila! The world's most ghetto niddy noddy. Of course, not recommended for drying yarn on, as the cardboard would get nasty when wet. But it works great, and it was free and satiated my thirst for a niddy noddy. (Apologies for not so great pic.)

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Have to ply? on: November 03, 2006 01:26:39 PM
Is it true that plyed yarn is better than single? I understand that it can be stronger. I know a woman who will absolutely not buy handspun unless it's plied, and her entire spinning/fiber guild feels the same way. I just heard this yesterday, and it struck me as odd.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Zombie!!! Ahhhh!! on: October 08, 2006 11:12:31 PM
Ok, he's not that scary. I'm too late for the contest, but my friend Evan and I have always talked about wanting a zombie army. And I've been drooling over amigurumi for about a month now. So here's our first one, lounging on my wrinkly bedspread. It's my first try at crochet without a pattern. He took about two days. That's supposed to be entrails coming out of his mouth. : ) And the green parts are rotting flesh.

9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First Yarn and some questions. on: October 02, 2006 09:08:38 PM
I bought an Ashford drop spindle on Saturday at an Alpaca Fest in a town a few miles north of where I live, and 2 1/2 oz of Alpaca/Angora/Gotland wool. I bonded with the woman who coincidentally, we found out, lives about three blocks away from me in my city. She had a little stand and we got to talking about my obsession with fiber arts, and how I came here to buy some beginners spinning equipment...it was just such a good experience. I came home and spun it all that night I was so excited. I can't post pics yet (I'm a newb), but here's the link. The first ball was my first attempt, the second 'cone' was how I finished up.

Some questions:

How do I get it to stop twisting up when I take it off the spindle? If I use less spin, then it's too bulky and seems to 'poof'. (You can see this at the bottom of the cone in the pic)

What's the deal with how it sort of unwinds itself at the tail end after I've spun it? (Again, check out the pic, coming off the right side of the cone. Sorry bout the lighting, my camera's acting crazy.) Is this normal?

The piece of hay sticking to the yarn on the right, near the tail, was actually IN the giant ball of wool, so I thought I'd just leave it in.

Thanks, guys! I'm officially obsessed with this website. Everybody's so supportive and excited about making things. All of my friends get RREAALLLY tired of hearing, 'I could make that,' when we go to the mall. Finally, people who understand! : ) Thanks again for any tips!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Mystery Fiber Help on: October 02, 2006 08:56:08 PM
My first post!! I've been lurking so long I'm starting to feel like a voyeur.

Ok, well my mom got me this yarn a few years ago in Massachusetts when I'd first started knitting. I just started spinning this week, and after I'd worked my way through 4 skeins of alpaca I dug this out because, well, I'm sure you guys know how hard it is to stop once you've started. The thing is...I have no idea what I'm spinning. It had no info with it. All I know is that it was 'very expensive', my mother's words, complete with eyebrows raised.

Description: It's really, REALLY soft, but it's a PAIN to spin. It breaks off easily when I'm spinning it (just when I don't want it to), but when I'm trying to separate some to spin, it's sort of "sticky", as in, it refuses to separate. It gets EVERYWHERE. After I'm done spinning it looks as if a sheep dog has been napping in my lap. If any part of it touches any other part, it becomes a tangled mess and is almost impossible to get back into a spinnable condition. I know how silly it is to ask for fiber identification without being able to actually touch it, but any guesses would be appreciated. These pics show it unspun, what happens if it gets pulled apart, and the one little ball I spun tonight. Can't post pics yet, but I hope these links work. Thanks!



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