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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2008 04:47:37 PM »

Nicolassa your teacher is Maggie Casey?! That is so awesome I JUST read the interview with her in the Spring 08 Spin Off like less than an hour ago and thought how amazing it would be to take a lesson from her. Her thoughts toward spinning are much like my husband's thoughts toward golf (he's a golf pro) in that everyone has their own style and you have to help them make it work to do what they want to do. Very cool, I'm jealous times a million!

« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2008 06:08:07 PM »

All great yarns this week.   Shocked
Especially loving tie dyed Christmas.

I have no contributions this week.  Lots on the bobbin, but nothing plied or set.  Maybe next Friday.

« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2008 08:25:13 PM »

Brilliant yarns this week!  I am sad, as I have no yarns to show, so I cyber-nommed on all of yours.  Smiley  Jen6265, I *love* the Chiffon yarn!  It's amazing to see how it progressed from sheep to yarn.  pmpknpunk, so cool to see how the balls and batts look spun up!  I will live my spinning life vicariously through you.  Smiley

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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2008 11:46:37 PM »

oh wow! i love the secret sea and sky! so lovely.
squishy candy and ragtag are both so bright and awesome!

my offerings are my second and third from fleece to spin's. I got 8lbs of raw fleece from a lovely friend.

I combed, carded,  and cleaned this bunch about a week ago when my mom was in town. Together i had about 1/4 an oz of yarn, and i needed to do two dye jobs to send home with her for presents.

So i used kool-aid, strawberry and grape and got two lovely bunches of roving.

Time and allergies intervened and i suddenly needed to make something else for the relatives, so i set the roving aside. and i got to pick it up again yesterday!

this is my strawberry splash. I have no clue what the yardage is. It'll be lace trim on a black scarf for a friend.

and  i need to get a few more shots of the grape, but the one that did turn out is this one

i lost my cam this aft and i spent all evening hunting for it so i could get the pics in before midnight! happy spinning till next week ya'll!

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« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2008 05:07:01 AM »

Maggie RULES.
« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2008 06:33:25 AM »

Lufah if you ever need any other your fibers spun, you know my address  Grin

Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone! I do so look forward to Fiber Fridays and seeing everyone elses fabulous yarns as well!

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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2008 07:26:06 AM »

 Cheesy Maggie *does* rule!

She's part-owner of the LYS in this little corner of Colorado, Shuttles, Spindles, & Skeins.  So, pmpknpunk, if you're ever in Boulder, you could stop in and meet her.  She also gives classes at several fiber festivals around the country...I know she definitely attends SOAR every year. 

I had no idea when I picked up spinning two years ago that I happened to live in some sort of fiber mecca (Interweave Press is a couple of towns over, Schacht Spindle company is here, TONS of talented people...our local Handweavers Guild is huge).  It's been great to "come of fiber age" in an area where there are a gajillion spinners, knitters, dyers, weavers, etc., because...uh...sometimes you need a physical person to help you sort out a big fat mess.   Wink

Anyway...Kirastorm, I love the gorgeous saturated red of your strawberry splash yarn!

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's me with some yarn on my head.

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« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2008 05:18:52 AM »

My problem is then that it breaks apart while I'm spinning.  My spindle will just drop. 

Are you spindling using a park and draft or trying to draft and spin at the same time?  Sound like the 2nd.

Predraft your fiber.  Take your leader about 5" above the spindle and pinch tight.  Now give that spindle a whirl so you can feel the twist against your fingers, then spin the spindle a couple more times.  Park your spindle (between your knees or feet) and slowly allow the twist to come up into your pre-drafted fiber.  Wind on, and repeat.

I hope in the spring (post tax refund Wink) to take a wheel lesson with Mullerslanefarm.  I hope Mullerslanefarm that you can perhaps teach me how to do fiber prep better as well. 

Absolutely!  We can cover hand cards, drum carding and combing, spinning from the lock.  It will be a full day of fiber fun!


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« Reply #28 on: December 09, 2008 05:35:37 AM »

I split down the roving and then predraft it all before I start spinning.  The thinner roving will somtimes break apart long after a join and long before the next one.

As for my joins, I realized I wasn't overlaping my fibers enough (at least overlaping them more has seemed to solve the problem of my joins not being good enough).

I hope in the spring (post tax refund Wink) to take a wheel lesson with Mullerslanefarm.  I hope Mullerslanefarm that you can perhaps teach me how to do fiber prep better as well. 

Absolutely!  We can cover hand cards, drum carding and combing, spinning from the lock.  It will be a full day of fiber fun!

I totally look forward to this.  I really want to learn all that I can. Cheesy

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