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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2005 02:37:34 PM »

Tere- it can save u money if you would otherwise be buyign designer $$ yarns, but the real value of handspun is that you get exactly what you want.  But hmm...some costs: (assuming not buying a kit on ebay etc)

spindle: $0-$12 if you are thrifty you can make it from stuff you already have, or use a toy wheel and a dowel for one for a couple bucks. Yu can buy a spindle for as little as $5 ( i htink babe spindles are pretty cheap, but i havent used them), and ahsford spindles are great for learning on but cost a bit more (under $20 though).

roving: undyed white wool dont pay more than $2 ounce if you dont see it in person, if its dyed or merino expect to pay a couple dollars mor per ounce (which to me is worth it because i love working with color).  Handcarder batts and blends are the ost $$ and can be hard to find i nanywhere but some small shops online and ocasiionally some on ebay.  Batts are my fav because i love the color blending that you can get by  combining diff material.

you will need 1-2 ounces for every 50-100 yards of yarn you want to spin (bulky).

But overall, the set up with the spindle and some roving is pretty cheap, esp if you can get a fun vareiety of types of wools, blends, etc.  PLus its really fun.

Hope this helps. (hmm i think theres an article on my website about selecting roving online in my articles section)

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2005 10:20:39 AM »

Thanks so much--I really appreciate all the info. I'm going to go and check out your site now Smiley

« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2005 06:52:27 PM »

handspinning is a really addictive hobby! it is so amazing to start off with a pike of whitish fluff, dye, spin and knit it into something.. just going through the whole process from begining to end feels really amazing.. hard to explain i guess.
i highly recomend you give it a try.. 

thanks, midnightsky1686, i will check out your website...

« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2005 07:42:26 AM »

has anyone tried felting? Where you knit on large needles and then shrink the project. I did slippers from a pattern by FiberTrends.  They turned out great.
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« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2005 10:17:58 PM »

WOW - I just learned a bunch from your post.  You do make spinning seem a hell of a lot easier than I'd imagined (I'm not saying it wasn't WORK, mind you...)  But really admirable job there.  I'm curious about the dyes you used (?) - I've been wondering about making natural dyes, just from plants and stuff.  Can you pass along any info if you come across it?

Keep up the work - I love anything that's do it yourself from absolute scratch...!

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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2005 05:25:32 PM »

That is so fantastic!! the yarn looks delicious.
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