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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Attempted swirl in a log mold on: March 16, 2011 06:41:13 PM
This is my fifth batch of CP soap that I did over the weekend. I'm attempting the seemingly elusive swirl in a log mold. My honey and nut FO seems to want to discolor a fair bit... will just have to see what it looks like after curing.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Finding an appropriate chair for spinning on: August 19, 2008 06:29:05 PM
Is there a trick to finding a chair of an appropriate height for spinning on a specific wheel or any number of wheels for that matter?

In this case, I'm trying to find a chair to use with my grandmother's antique Quebec production wheel (which I just spent the last 4 days deep cleaning... the wood is a lot lighter than I had initially guessed). I'm 5'8" and the orifice is decently low, so is there any hope I'll ever find an appropriate height of chair that will minimize strain on my back? I'm supposed to do a spinning demo at the local fair this weekend and the chair I thought would work because it's quite low just seemed to make the situation worse. I realize that this may not be a fixable issue so any input that will help me figure out what to use is greatly appreciated.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / wet superwash merino - smell from chemicals? on: March 31, 2008 02:40:41 PM
I washed some superwash merino wool I'd spun to set the twist. I'm not sure why, but the wet wool has a very different smell (not very wool-like in my opinion) than other wools I've washed (coopworth, romney and a mixed breed). I was wondering if that weird smell could be from the superwashing process. Anyone have more experience with this?
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Threading the spindle to start on: December 02, 2007 08:57:37 PM
I recently taught myself to spin on a homemade drop spindle using a youtube video. That's going great and I'm slowly getting the hang of keeping an even thickness on my super fine yarn (no idea what possessed me to spin so finely on my first try). Anyway, my grandmother owns a very old Quebec production spinning wheel. I spent some time with her tonight trying to get it threaded on the spindle (tied tightly), around the fly wheel through the hooks and through the orifice but it doesn't seem to work. We would spin the wheel either clockwise or counterclockwise but there was no pull on the lead at all. All it would do would create a twist in the lead, but it wasn't actually pulling the yarn in to wrap it on the spindle, even if we tried feeding it by releasing tension and bringing our hands closer to the orifice. Unfortunately, grandma didn't remember how to thread it any more since she has not used it for about 40 years.

Does anyone know what we're doing wrong from my description? Do you have any images that show how to properly thread a spinning wheel? My guess is that most wheels are all threaded pretty similarly so I was hoping I could find a video or picture online but no luck so far. I will try to go back to grandma's to try again tomorrow morning, otherwise I will have to wait till Christmas to be home for the holidays to try again.
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