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« on: September 12, 2019 02:25:12 PM »

This is the first plied yarn I have spun, and I'm so excited to share!

The first pile of hanks is about 100g of Noro wool. It came as pencil roving, and full of little slubs. It came out pretty thick-n-thin, fingering to worsted. I'm not sure on the exact yardage - 250-ish? - but, it's enough for a hat.



This is a 70/30 alpaca wool blend with bits of metallic copper tinsel. So soft! This is about a quarter of what I have, so I'll eventually have enough for a project. This is 50g, roughly 75 yards, averaging about aran weight.



I've been a spindle-only kinda girl forever, but I took the plunge this year and bought a wheel.  Cheesy

It's an Electric Eel Wheel Nano. It's a bit touchy, but who isn't, really?  Wink I'm enjoying it so much that I'm thinking another (larger) wheel might be in my future.

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019 03:53:58 PM »

Oh my word, that is such gorgeous yarn. Beautifully done!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019 05:58:05 PM »

Oooh, I love those colors and the texture looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2019 07:24:57 AM »

Nice job! The textured yarn will knit up beautifully!

How much fiber does the Nano hold?  I've been hearing good things about the Electric Eels
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019 07:57:22 AM »

Absolutely LOVELY!
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019 08:43:03 AM »

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Nice job! The textured yarn will knit up beautifully!

How much fiber does the Nano hold?  I've been hearing good things about the Electric Eels

Thank you! The bobbins hold up to two ounces, but it has to be spun pretty fine. I'm getting about an ounce of this fluffy alpaca on them. He's prototyping a larger wheel that's very similar to the nano, but the size of his 5.2 (I think the bobbins hold closer to 4 ounces).

The wheel itself is pretty neat, IMO. It needs a few minor tweaks for optimal use (the ravelry group has a comprehensive thread on this), but it runs okay right out of the box. This was my first experience with wheel spinning, and I find it pretty easy to use.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2019 10:24:00 AM »

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Thank you! The bobbins hold up to two ounces, but it has to be spun pretty fine. I'm getting about an ounce of this fluffy alpaca on them. He's prototyping a larger wheel that's very similar to the nano, but the size of his 5.2 (I think the bobbins hold closer to 4 ounces).

The wheel itself is pretty neat, IMO. It needs a few minor tweaks for optimal use (the ravelry group has a comprehensive thread on this), but it runs okay right out of the box. This was my first experience with wheel spinning, and I find it pretty easy to use.

I saw a great video (from the Dreaming Robots page) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQYlO1-h4Mw about it.

I'm looking for an e-spinner (because of an ankle injury) however I'm spoiled by the WooLee Winder on my other wheels
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2019 10:37:22 AM »

What lovely yarn. I have the nano wheel as well. It is pretty fun. But I have to admit, spinning on my Kromski Symphony is rather soothing and very enjoyable. I'm sure you would love a bigger wheel. As for electric wheels the larger ones are also great for plying. I've read from others that plying on the Nano isn't as easy or ideal, but I haven't tried that yet.
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2019 02:49:16 PM »

such fantastic yarns! Wonderful spinning!
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019 02:12:32 PM »

They're beautiful!
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