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Magnicmax
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  8:22:29 PM  Show Profile Send Magnicmax a Private Message
OK all you experienced spinners - tell me what helped you the most when you first started spinning? You know, that "aha, I think I finally got it?" sort of thing?

Obviously it takes practice, but alot of the older newbies have been saying "It finally clicked when......."

Just curious

Donna in RI
http://donnaknitsandspins.tripod.com/ I'm going on a high fiber diet for New Years: romney, corriedale, merino....

RoseByAny
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  8:26:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Well, what helped most was slowing down - slowing down the treadling so the wheel almost stops each time around. That gives your hands more time to do what they need to do.

But it finally clicked when I realized I didn't need to have a death grip on the fibers. Actually both hands are holding the fiber very gently - no real pressure at all. Once I got that, everything settled.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
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RobA
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  9:42:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
The first click (I am a newbie too) was when I realized I could control how much fiber I was using, and also that I could actually control the twist -- untwist if I needed too, add more fiber to let the twist run itself out a bit.



Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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pixiepurls
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  9:54:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit pixiepurls's Homepage Send pixiepurls a Private Message
RobA that's a good comment, I still am a little rough with the joins!! Luckily I am not breaking to often now, but that's prolly bad cause if I did break more I would prolly practice joining more!!

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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  10:14:30 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
Just start with shorter pieces of fiber to practice joins. I've only been doing this for a couple of days but it got better when I treadled slower and loosened my grip, too, Rose.
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kitkatknit
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  10:30:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit kitkatknit's Homepage Send kitkatknit a Private Message
In the beginning I (after restarted spinning after many years away) got better when I relaxed and did something else at the time. Spinning with the spinning group chatting away and when I wasn't concentrating on what I was doing the single came out so nice and even. That and using one of the easier wools - corriedale.

Now I'm better because I spin more often and because I pre-draft. Cheating in some people's mind, but my yarns are yummy.

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Ivynforestsmom
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  07:58:53 AM  Show Profile Send Ivynforestsmom a Private Message
Pre-drafting was the biggest help for me, and someone's gentle suggestion that I didn't need to spin my singles soooo tight.

Yvonne
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RobA
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  09:36:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
DEFINITELY pre-drafting!


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joym624
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  09:38:43 AM  Show Profile Send joym624 a Private Message
I'd agree with the pre-drafting and slowing down. I also seemed to find my own style. When I first "got it" I used to hold the fiber tightly and spin and then let out a bit inch by inch. It was slow but the finished product was spun nicely. I also noticed that different fibers required a different technique. I had started with some really coarse hand-me-down stuff from a friend. It was pretty ugly and just looked awful even when I got the spinning part right. I bought some beautiful fiber from Three Bags Full and it made a big difference. I wanted to do this right and I sat there until I got it.

At one point my son said "I hope you master this before you are an old lady because you're going to look terrible if you're an old lady cussing like that."

Good luck!
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KCShaw
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  11:20:08 AM  Show Profile Send KCShaw a Private Message
Im a new spinner and I was getting hung up at not letting my hands be far enough apart to draft well. The over-spinning was a first hour kind of problem for me, When i started making sure everything was pre-drafted nicely, and making sure I wasnt tugging or ripping, it all went sooo smooth and seemed easy.
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Lissa
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  12:24:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
For me, it was realizing that I could control when the yarn went onto the bobbin: that I could hold out the yarn as long as I wanted without having the wheel take it from me. When you can both pull yarn off the bobbin and let it move smoothly onto the bobbin, and hold it out and steady without feeling like your arm is being pulled off, that's the right brake setting. I practiced sorta see-sawing the yarn in and out, in and out, while treadling to finally get a "grip" on this.

Lissa

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


Oh, and I now have a blog:http://knittnlissa.typepad.com/knittnlissa/
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KnitRedSox
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  5:27:16 PM  Show Profile Send KnitRedSox a Private Message
The fact that I became pretty decent at spindle spinning before using the wheel really helped me. Once I got a feel for the wheel, I was spinning better and more comfortably. My "got it" moment at the wheel came when I used a different fiber preparation. I was using commerical roving, but then used hand carded rolags and spun much better. Then I went back to the more slippery commercial stuff and it came more easily.
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