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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: February 23, 2008 10:24:50 AM
I'm a bad person?! Hope you're kidding....you're so close are you going?!

Boulderbliss, how much was shipping?!

I bought 5 pounds and shipping was about $22.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy Roving? on: February 21, 2008 11:40:04 AM
I just purchased 5 pounds of Superwash to overdye from Shpherder.  Shipping adds up, but it's still a good deal.  Hope I'll be happy with it when it arrives.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: which double drive wheel to get on: November 27, 2007 03:44:35 PM

<<strays off-topic>>
I am indeed in Boulder, BoulderBliss!  I finished with Maggie's Spinning 1 class a couple of weeks ago (I'd been on the waiting list since March!) and am currently on the waiting list for Spinning 2.  It was so. much. fun.  We all had a blast, and that dye-day was really informative.  I can't wait for the next class to hurry up and get here already! 
So...what is the best way to spin yak down?   Cheesy

Maggie is the absolute BEST!!  We are so lucky to have her!

Maggie told me to spin the Yak down, which is VERY short fiber, long draw.  I tried it and had a lot of trouble spinning it that way.  So I tried double draft (you'll learn that in Spinning 2) and had better results.  But then I carded it with Tussah silk and that *really* helped, so I came to the conclusion that I prefer spinning yak down carded with another fiber.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: which double drive wheel to get on: November 27, 2007 02:21:11 PM
My instructor (Maggie Casey) told us her favorite wheels were Schacht, and that they were "a little finicky, like all fine wheels" but well worth the slight fussiness.

Nicolassa, are you in Boulder too?  After I learned to spin on my own, I took Spinning 1 and 2 to pick Maggie's brains.  She's the best.  I still call her up with oddball questions such as, "What is the best way to spin yak down?". 

I had a Lendrum DT and just recently was thinking of upgrading to a Schacht, but just didn't want to deal with the maintenance (too lazy to oil), so I purchased a Majacraft Alpaca.  It's presently on it's way to me now, so I can't comment on it.  Although it is not a double drive, sorry for going off topic.   Smiley
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Experienced Fiber Prep People...Help! on: November 02, 2007 06:40:19 AM
Alpaca traditionally has little to no guard hair.  But depending on the alpaca, you can get very course scratchy fleece, or very fine soft fleece, just like sheep.  And the older the alpaca, generally the courser the fleece.  When I purchase alpaca fiber I always purchase cria (baby) alpaca because it is the softest. edit: But you CAN get some course cria too if the mama or cria was sick.  I have found through experience that it is very important to buy from a reputable seller.  I have purchased some bad fleeces in my day.  Sad 
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: A great way to shop etsy on: November 02, 2007 06:37:16 AM
Good tip, but not everyone puts "fiberfriday" in their tags.  I know I don't and I sell on etsy.  When I search for fiber to buy I usually search "roving" or "batt", depending on what I want to buy, and that seems to encompass everything without missing the people who don't put "fiberfriday" in their tags.  Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you think about Woolee Winders? on: October 16, 2007 01:59:17 PM
I own one and wouldn't trade it for the world.  I use it on my Lendrum DT folding wheel and it allows me to spin without interruption, pack more on a bobbin, and not have the yarn get tangled on hooks and such.  I purchased one when I was a fairly new spinner because I knew what I wanted, which was faster production.  I did a lot of research on it before purchasing, and purchased without actually trying it.  I first purchased one with 3 bobbins and just recently purchased 2 more bobbins, so 5 total.  It's a bit of an investment, but totally worth it and has a high resale value if you ever decide to part with it.

oh, and it does not make my wheel harder to treadle nor less responsive.  And I ALWAYS ply with it.  I simply LOVE it!

Just my 2 cents.  Good luck!
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: My first wheel is a Lendrum--if you have one, what do you think of it? on: September 15, 2007 09:48:12 AM
I have a Lendrum DT Complete with a WooLee Winder and cannot say enough about it.  I LOVE my wheel and can do anything I want on it.  I'd say more, but I and others have already said a bunch in many other posts.  You might want to do a board search.

Congratulations on your wheel!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: I hate my wheel. on: September 09, 2007 03:51:36 PM
Maybe tell your dad that you prefer spinning on a spindle, thank him for the kind gift, sell it, and put the money towards some nice Bosworth spindles, a drum carder, some fiber, etc.  The money he spent for the wheel will still be going towards your love of spinning, and if it is practically new you should be able to get near retail for it.

Good luck! Smiley
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shipping roving overseas? on: August 25, 2007 09:16:45 AM
I've had roving shipped to me (in the U.S.) from Australia and there were no problems at all.
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