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« on: May 02, 2007 10:59:24 AM »

I have been lurking around and drooling over handspun yarn... So I figured I would try. Here is my first attempt...

Did I do it right? I bought the spindle on etsy and it came with that pencil roving. It's wool of some kind or another. Smiley I do like the color, and I don't know what I'll knit with it, maybe I'll use it as edging on a pair of fingerless mitts. *ponders* Anyways, I asked my boyfriend's dad if he would make me a spindle, since he's awesome at working with wood. He made me three. I really like his a lot better than the one that I bought for one reason. His wheels are bigger and have more weight so it's easier to spin. Which brings me to a question: There's no place close to me that offers spinning lessons.... yet. How do you keep the spindle spinning and use both hands for the fiber!? I have to predraft to perfection and then keep the spindle spinning with my left hand and feed the fiber with my right... Is that correct? I've only learned from online and the pamphlet that came with the spindle I bought.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007 06:25:12 PM »

I predraft my yarn before I start spinning and get it almost exactly how I like it. Then I wrap it around my left wrist. I spin the spindle with my right hand and if I need to fix the fibers I stop the spindle by putting it inbetween my knees then I use both hand to fix the fibers before I keep going. Your yarn looks great! Keep it up I can't believe how much I have improved from my first skein!!!

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2007 06:31:55 PM »

Great job on your first try!

When I spin on a spindle, I start it spinning with my left hand then move it up and use both to draft.  When the spindle slows down or stops, I just spin it again.  I recommend this site, since it has videos:

« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2007 12:48:32 AM »

I really like the colour of the yarn, it is really nice. Congrats for your first skein Wink.

Once I have spun yarn that is long enough I either bend a little of just hold it nead my foot and use one foot to flick it along the other, making it go really fast. Depending on how long the distance between the whorl and the end of the shaft you might be able to give it a go.

I like to predraft, and then put a little twist into the fiber (so it holds together better) before winding it onto a wrist distaff. Although predrafting can help acheive a look you are going for, I wouldn't stress too much about inconsistencies as they can be fixed up in the drafting.
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2007 06:34:02 AM »

Thank you for all the tips and the link. Smiley I can't wait to spin more and try some new techniques.


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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2007 03:42:17 PM »

I really like your handspun yarn. I have a spindle and have not been brave enough to use it yet. This whole thread was very inspirational. Thank you all.

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