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« on: August 17, 2007 11:27:02 PM »

ok, so i have spun some wool (yes soooooo aditive!! i could do it all day!!) but i want to have a go at dying some... but my question is, do i need to leave it on my spindle for a while? if i take it off i assume it will all undo itself... eekk! i dont know where to go from here..... I dont have any other equipment... do i need something else.

i am sorry for the silly question!!!

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2007 10:08:01 AM »

You don't have to leave it on.  Once spun the wool sticks together so it won't come undone.  I'd wind it into a skein (the back of a chair works well) and the set the twist. 

My preferred method of setting the twist is soaking the skein in warm water for like 20 minutes, then hanging it to dry.  I hang a weight on the skein (plastic squirt bottle) and this helps straighten it out.  Don't do this to a single if you intend to ply, as the extra twist is needed when plying.
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007 08:14:01 PM »

thank you so much! you have been a great help!!! the last thing that i wanted to do was spin a heap and then have something happen to it Sad

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007 04:33:58 PM »

One thing you can also do is dye the roving diffrent colors before you spin. I like it because it always turns out a little diffrent depending on the colors and it can be kinda surprising how it turns out! ^^

« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007 07:54:38 AM »

You should set the twist lik suggested above but I like to whack the skien to set as well. After you wind the yarn and soak (if your final product is dirty soak with a bit of soap or shampoo and then rinse in warm water) then I let hang up for few minutes to let the excess water out and then I wack the skien against the shower floor to really set the twist.

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