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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: A sort of poll....Do you pre-draft your fiber? on: December 12, 2007 09:23:26 AM
I find that predrafting commercially prepared roving still makes it easier to spin. The fibers slide easier past one another when you are drafting during spinning. I've purchased roving that is so airy and light that pre-drafting seems unnecessary. Being shipped, compacted or being handled a lot tends to make the roving so dense that if I don't pre-draft spinning becomes a chore.

When I pull roving/sliver myself from combs, pre-drafting makes the fiber more manageable if I'm not pulling it through a diz.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday the 13th, 2007! on: July 14, 2007 03:14:56 PM
This was the most inspiring Fiber Friday I have seen yet! Man! I can't wait to get all my chores done so I can spend the rest of the day at the wheel and hand cards. Smiley I love craftster....
3  California / California: South / There is a Spinning, Weaving Dyeing store in LA! on: June 17, 2007 02:55:16 PM
Stick and Stone is the closest spinning store to where I live in Hollywood. I bought my wheel there (Ashford Traveller) and have been hanging out on weekends to get better. The owner is also a chemist and does amazing things with naturally dyed fiber. She drum cards her fibers into these amazing batts. She also sells the dyes, dye assists and mordants online: http://www.stick-and-stone.com

The website doesn't show up near the top of any search for spinning shops in the Los Angeles area because they have been open for only a year, but it's on Sepulveda in Van Nuys.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I buy this spinning wheel? on: May 23, 2007 05:32:06 PM
Wow! Congratulations! Gorgeous.
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / New Wheel Love From Drop Spindle Experience on: May 22, 2007 01:49:45 PM
Let me preface by saying that this is an opinion based on my experience learning to spin without a class/teacher.

I was just thinking how helpful it was to master the spindle before buying a spinning wheel. I've had a top whorl spindle for three months, read everything on-line I could regarding how to spin on a drop spindle. I checked out every book from the library. I practiced (a lot) predrafting and spindling until I could make the the finished product resemble the yarn in my head..

This weekend I finally bought a spinning wheel and after I got the hang of treadling and setting the tension appropriately, I was so excited that I was able to make the spinning wheel work and produce yarns that I would want to knit with right away. I still have a lot of work to do to get consistency but the first yarns off the spinning wheel are 98% better than the first yarns I spun off the spindle.

So, to get to the point, I was thinking how grateful I am that I learned the mechanics of spinning on the $15 spindle before dropping $480 on a wheel. Smiley  The End.
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best portable wheel? on: May 22, 2007 01:27:01 PM
(I have an Ashford Traveller)

I bought a Kromski Sonata this weekend because the store owner said it was her favorite wheel and that it was THE wheel for me. We folded it up and brought it home. I was so unhappy with it I cried. The owner didn't have the manual and I couldn't figure out how to get all the settings right or how to stop the various rubbings, creakings, etc. Plus, I worried about breaking it (I'm 5'9 and all that implies).

The next day I returned it for a Traveller. I can lift it with one hand (but use two), it treadles so smoothly and feels very solid. I have spun lace weight alpaca singles and navajo plied them already and before this weekend I had only spun on a spindle.

I would never have believed what a difference finding the right wheel makes. I am so confident on the Traveller, even though so many people love the Sonata. Smiley

p.s: The Traveller fit in the trunk of my Ford Focus and needed no readjustments when I took it out to start spinning.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should I buy this spinning wheel? on: May 22, 2007 12:43:09 PM
For contrast, I just bought a new Ashford Traveller wheel for $480 this weekend. The cheapest used wheel at the shop was $200. If you know anyone who wants to spin or anyone who does spin, that price is great, especially if the wheel treadles. My wheel uses cotton string as the drive belt, so a missing drive belt is not the end of the world. But I would have your friend's mom come look at it with you.

If your friend's mom can help you get it set up, you might be able to resell it for a profit. If you don't buy it you should post the name of the shop so other spinning people could check it out.

Great find!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: May MagKnits is up! on: May 02, 2007 02:10:51 AM
I have eight inches done on the Friday scarf already and it's a fun knit! My SO gave me 3 skeins of DB Pure Silk just a few days ago. I am affectionately referring to this scarf as my Worm Fur.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Tattoos at Wedding? on: April 12, 2007 12:18:23 PM
I have four tattoo's that don't normally show, the groom's family doesn't even know about them. They are all going to show with my wedding dress. And they are a bit faded or wonky, so I plan to use makeup and/or art pens to enhance them a bit. Maybe even attach some sparkly cabochons or glitter. Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday-- April 6 on: April 06, 2007 10:42:57 AM
My first hanspun, with a top whorl spindle. From a lb of raw Alpaca I bought on vacation and almost felted as a result of bad information on the internet. Somewhere in this picture is one skein that came out perfect, not overspun at all! (Those are all singles, and with some exceptions, incredibly soft.)

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