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Topic: A sort of poll....Do you pre-draft your fiber?  (Read 3799 times)
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thegoodsheep
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2007 01:50:27 PM »

I do not pre draft - I split my roving and draft further as I spin. I treat commercially and hand dyed roving the same (that said i dye my own and it turns out full and fluffy, if it was roving with felty bits I might treat it different).
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2007 09:47:24 PM »

Nope never.
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2007 12:16:21 PM »

It depends on the fiber and what you consider pre-drafting.

Is splitting batts and roving pre-drafting? Is fluffing compacted roving predrafting? 

I guess I do what my fiber tells me to do!
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« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2007 04:54:43 AM »

I predraft, lots, and lots and lots.

I've found it makes a huge difference.  I didn't used to, but then I tried it, and now I do it all the time.   I tend to just sit on the couch with a bag of roving and predraft while I'm watching tv with the hubby.

me too!
sometimes i get ideas for some new yarns and i predraft them the night before so when i get home from work i can break open the ziplocks that i keep the predrafted fiber in and get cranking on the wheel.
i find it to be really easy but to tell you the truth... i dont know any other way i have always predrafed.
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2007 10:16:15 PM »

As far as the spindle is concerned, I find it's waaay too hard for me to try to draft the fibers as I spin [hurts my fingers too, ouchy].
I also have a lot less control over the evenness of the yarn, so I have to stop more frequently.
I usually use commercially prepared top, and I generally split, predraft, then roll the pieces into little balls or hanks and just spin away when it's all prepped...it seems like it goes a lot quicker that way.

I'll let you know how I feel about that once I get cranked up on the wheel, though.

the only exception to that is the llama I have been spinning..it's baby llama, from the first shearing, and has never been shipped. it's extremely airy and light, and needs no predrafting at all, really.

Lubee: I split and predraft while watching TV too! my mom complains because I get fibers all over the dark colored couch! Tongue
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pmpknpunk
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2008 10:58:00 AM »

Does anyone have a picture of their predrafted fiber? I sometimes feel like I am "cheating" when I pull them into strips and then them out to the size I want. I'm not doing something "wrong" when I do this am I? It just seems easier to spin for me when I do this...is there really a wrong way to draft?!
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2008 11:54:53 AM »

pmpknpunk: here's a batt that I predrafted through a diz
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2008 04:03:18 PM »

Star217 those are both the same picture.
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2008 05:32:08 AM »

Thanks Star! I predraft even more than that I think but I'm a beginner and there is so much going on, I feel ok about the size of my predraft, no predraft envy, hehe!

Thanks again! Jenna
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2008 07:35:26 AM »

I definitly pre draft!! I also find it helps with the evenness of my yarn.  I am also a wheel beginner though.. so i may predraft less as I get better..

I pre draft as i watch tv, as some other people mentioned.  I'll do an entire roving at once, but I like to do batts in strips, because I think batt's "shed" more than roving, so I do more stopping and starting when spinning batts.

I haven't gotten the hang of just spinning off the entire batt yet.. I pull strips off my batts, then draft into roving...
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