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mickitaz

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About mickitaz

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 08/22/1974

A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Colleen
  • Location
    Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Hobbies
    Reading, crocheting, knitting, leatherwork
  • Occupation
    Customer Service Representative
  • Favorite hook type
    Wood
  • Favorite projects
    Baby Afghans
  • Crocheting since...
    Since 1980
  1. Thank you, very much for the feedback. I wound up buying two spindles... a top and bottom. I already went through 4oz of wool and I really like it. I tried pre-drafting it, but found the roving came apart as I was spinning. So I would only predraft 12 inches or so.. spin that, then go onto the next section. All in all, my mentor said I didn't do half bad. I do have uneven spots. I already crocheted it into a granny square. (My beginning spins will be a blanket for my cats). I am now searching for more roving that I may practice on. This is so fun!
  2. Rofl.. that is pretty funny about wanting the "newbie" yarn. You mentioned earlier that I should probably predraft the roving. Did you mean draft the entire peice before I even set it on a spindle? Hmm.. never would have thought about that. Definately would increase my chances of slightly better looking yarn at first. Thanks.
  3. Thank you very much for the advise. Yep.. been watching all the You tube videos on how to spin. I know the first stuff is going to be less than okay. I am planning on that. The supplier that I am buying my fiber from is being very generous. I have been emailing back and forth, and they know I am just learning how to spin. So they are giving me some "extra" fiber to practice on. I figure if anything comes out resembling yarn, it is going to be chunky at first. I have some mental ideas on what to use it for (I have cats who love my crocheted blankets.. I am going to make them their own). Plus, I think it will be good practice for me to learn how to dye the yarn. This should be quite interesting to see how things move along. Thank you again!
  4. Thank you so much for your help! I am pleased that I can use the hand spinning with no differences. That was one of my main concerns. Of course, if I had my way, I would go right out and get a spinning wheel. I just can't seem to justify that kind of money. I certainly agree about the finish protecting the wood. I refurbish furniture also, so putting the finish on myself would not be difficult. Okay. So now I am off to go get a drop spindle and some fiber and start working! I am so excited. Thanks again!
  5. Hi there, I am new to this forum. I have been crocheting since I am 5 and took up knitting recently. A girlfriend took me to a fiber festival and opened me up to a whole other world I didn't even know existed. In a pursuit to find better materials to make my projects with, I was introduced to rovings and such. I never thought spinning my own yarn would be something I would be interested in, until this past Sunday. I would love to get my own wheel, but I can't justify (at this time) spending that kind of money on something I may not be that good at. So, in my research, I came across hand spinning. I have a few questions pertaining to spinning in general. 1. What difference (if any) is there in the finished and unfinished wheels? I noticed the price difference. But I was wondering if the lacquer really acts as function as opposed to just being pretty? 2. What is the difference (again, if any) in the end result from using a spinning wheel as opposed to the hand spinning? In other words, if I hand spin, is someone going to be able to tell that I hand spun it as opposed to using the wheel? 3. The projects I mainly do now are blankets and socks (I am sooo addicted to socks). So I mostly deal with worsted and some light weight yarns. Should I choose to take the hand spinning path, will this limit me in the type of fibers I can work with? Any feedback you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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