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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  3:45:27 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
I've been playing most of the day and have about 2 feet of the funniest looking "?yarn?" I've ever seen. This isn't the easiest thing to learn. I can't do everything you're supposed to do at the same time.

I ended up with thick "?yarn?" on the bobbin, yarn twisted back on itself between my fingers and the bobbin and a mess behind me that looks like the dreaded dreadlocks I've heard about. Even when I draft first, it's still hard. But I'm not quitting...I'm going to persevere and learn this craft! (I have a name for my new wheel but I'd probably get arrested if I said it in public.)

truly violet
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  4:08:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I called my first 'spinning' intestines and gave it to carole..... she composted it

it won't take long
pre draft
and go slow

you will suddenly ...'get it'

did someone show you?

I forget where you live .....
if you are close to the pocono's or leighvalley pa
we can show you

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  4:16:07 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
4:16 PM: No one showed me. I've looked at books and the net. Never even saw anyone spin. Crazy, huh? It's all my husband's fault! (Unfortunately, too far from PA...I'm in AZ.)

5:05 PM: It's getting better! I actually made several joins that held...yipee for me! This attempt doesn't look quite as bad so maybe there's hope for me yet. And even if I stink at it, it's fun!
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  5:31:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I told you....it IS easy
just takes a bit
you WILL get it.....
and then you will be spinning away like crazy

vi

who is spinning some purple heathered corriedale, but wonderig what to ply it with after........

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  6:03:26 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
Is it supposed to be very thin strands when you've spun it? I pulled some worsted yarn apart that I had and each strand is very, very thin and soft. That's what you're supposed to end up with before plying? Anyone have a picture of a single?
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  6:38:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
yes that is what it is supposed to look like
and no I don't have batteries in the camera or I would take some pictues for you

now remember when you ply....you spin it the opposite of the way you spun the singles

and I got that corriedale all spun up
I have to see what else I got in the stash..... cause I need to ply it with something
I hope I have a slightly darker purple dyed up...

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/25/2005 :  7:29:36 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
Wow! Would love to see it. What do you use to dye your yarn? I've decided to knit for awhile before going back to play some more :)
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/26/2005 :  07:17:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
I use fd&c colors.....foodcoloring disolved in vinegar...
but I could also use the jaquards I use on silk..
you need an acid dye for protein...
so there are commercial wool/silk/hair fibers
or you could use koolaide.

I dye roving but I think I like dyeing the yarn better, it seems easier
but it could just be me

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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