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« on: October 24, 2007 06:19:54 PM »

So I saw a post one of my blogrolls (I have a few hundred I read so apologies for not remembering which one) and saw a post about spun newspaper. I decided to give it a quick go and realized that it is AMAZINGLY easy and pretty fun (but a bit messy on the fingers.)
I just spun this bit with my drop spindle...

Oh yeah and its really strong stuff too.. I was knitting with it for a bit and it didn't break or tear.    Cheesy  Cheesy  Cheesy
I wanted to add a quick tutorial so I can show how easy it is.

Spindle (haven't tried it on the wheel yet..)
Newspaper (one Sunday paper would probably be a great start)

1.) Take one sheet from paper (such as the front/back page) and keep it folded in its natural fold. Then fold into quarters. (pictured above folded in half)

2.) Cut into 1/2" - 1/4" strips.

3.) Twist your first strip with your fingers until it is twisted about halfway (6-10 inches)

4.) Wrap this hand-twisted part around the base of your spindle (instead of using a leader yarn)

5.) Start spinning in the direction you twisted your paper using your thumb and first finger to guide it. (See where the triangle is under my thumb? It is easier if you hold the twist under that triangle rather than letting it fold and twist up.)

6.) Now to add on your next strip you need to leave 1" -1&1/2" at the tail.

7.) Place your second strip on top of your first like in the picture.

8.) Start spinning while holding the strips together.

9.) And continue onward!!

And you can make a thinner "yarn" by cutting the strips of paper thinner! Image posted here : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203907.msg2178479#msg2178479
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2007 06:23:43 PM »

Wow, that's pretty neat! How do you do that? I've never heard of anything like it...

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2007 06:46:34 PM »

it seems uber cool but i can't get my head around HOW you spin it...isn't it tough to spin?!?! it definitely looks cool Smiley is it...rough to knit with??

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007 06:58:10 PM »

Wow... That's simply fascinating! 
I'd also like to know the mechanics of how to spin newspaper. (How much newspaper does it take?)
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007 07:30:20 PM »

I added the tutorial!
Also to answer a few quick questions:
-It is pretty rough to knit with but is very sturdy. I would use it to make containers, bags, or other sturdy items. Also I am considering using it to weave (maybe something like placemats!)
-It doesn't use much paper at all. For less than two sheets of paper I spun about 30 yards of the stuff.

« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2007 07:41:54 PM »

you are the freaking coolest!!!! thanks for the tute!

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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2007 08:07:52 PM »

that was really great!

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2007 08:25:03 PM »

This would probably easier to crochet with o.O i can see some pretty awesome bowls or some such being crocheted out of this :3

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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2007 08:26:48 PM »

Awesome. I just got a paper from my in-laws Cheesy

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