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« on: December 28, 2008 12:14:42 PM »

I have been really interested in making my own yarn.  So, I ordered s drop spindle kit and it should be here soon.  I've also been looking at roving and raw wool online.  I was just wonderint how much (in weight) I would actually need to get a good amount of yarn to be able to do something with.
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008 12:35:10 PM »

I normally buy prepared fibre in 100g or 4oz quantities - that way I should have enough for a hat, mitts, or socks.  But I usually spin with my wheel - so 4oz might take a while on a drop spindle.  For raw wool and fleeces, I don't know how much to get.  I know you would lose a lot of weight after washing and prepping the fibre, but I don't know how much.  It's probably easiest to start with prepared fibre like roving or batts, though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008 01:11:42 PM »

4 to 8 oz of roving should be more than enough for a hat but keep in mind that if you've never spun with a spindle, your yarn will not be consistent.  I taught myself how to spin last year.  After a bit of practice, I got into a rhythm and was able to feed a fairly consistent amount of fleece.

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Take it slow and get used to it. It's a lot easier than I ever imagined.  Good luck.

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008 07:37:22 AM »

With raw wool, you do lose a lot of weight in the washing and prepping, due to lanolin and dirt being washed out.  On the upside, the wool comes out looking glorious.  Keep in mind that you can always buy raw wool and send it off to a mill for processing, though mills are a bit overworked these days and there can be some lag time. 

For example, I bought 2 lbs. of well-skirted Merino wool back in early September.  Since it's Merino wool, there is a TON of lanolin, and I don't own a drumcarder or wool combs, so I didn't want to process it myself.  I sent it off to a mill in CA to be pindrafted (scoured, picked, carded, then pindrafted), which cost $25 (they charge for the finished weight, which is nice).  I received 1 lb. 2 oz. of pindrafted fiber when they returned it to me in early November.  So 14 oz. was lost in the processing.  It's worth it, though...the roving is heavenly!! 

1 lb. of roving will yeild about 900-1200 yards of worsted-weight yarn.  Since you're a new spinner, you are more likely to begin spinning bulky to superbulky yarn, so you'll get anywhere from 400-800 yards per pound.  For a newbie, I'd chime in with the others here and recommend buying already prepped fiber like combed top, roving, or batts.  Just much easier to manage, and you can start right away!   Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009 06:14:05 AM »

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