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mmouseplus.gifPark and draft is building up twist in the yarn and then holding on to the spindle with knees or under arm and then drafting and relieving the excess twist.

 

Imagine the spindle hanging down with a foot or so of yarn on it. Spin until the yarn hanging down twists all up. Grab the spindle and "stick it" somewhere to hold it steady and then start drafting. As you draft the excess twist goes into the drafted wool creating yarn. Once you've relieved the excess twist, wrap the yarn around the spindle, hook on the hook and spin again, repeating the process.

 

Now, if you're doing the drafting and then the spinning, it's different than what I do. HOWEVER, if it makes yarn, you're doing it the right way. The objective is to make yarn. How it gets there is up for grabs. The only thing to remember is to always spin the spindle in the same direction.

 

I block my yarn differently. Once it's all spun. Wind on niddy noddy, around hands or chairs...whatever. Tie off in several places. Remove from niddy noddy and place in HOT soapy water. Let sit till it comes to room temp. Empty water and rinse carefully in same temp water you just emptied, i.e. room temp. Hang over end of clothes line (the pipe part), shower head, etc., and weight down. Hang a pair of deck shoes or something similar in weight. (I use two rocks in each end of a tied knee hi) from the end of the loop of yarn. Let dry. This pulls the skein and keeps it from kinking while drying. It slightly felts the yarn (not enough to notice) thus shrinking it a bit, which strengthens the yarn. Once it's dry, roll in a ball and crochet like crazy!

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SLady -

ahhhh, yes i did spin like that when i very first began! thanks for the reminder!! i think it is a PERFECT way to see how the yarn actually makes itself and learn the twisting vs. thickness in making yarn.

oh, and i did hang yarn out to dry like that once before.... we'll just say my dane thought it was a new toy for him.:eek2 so i have came up with alternative methods that keeps my yarn from dangling :P

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Thanks again Rebecca for all your work on those pictures!!!

The videos did come up for me <img border=0 src="http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/clap.gif" />

 

I can picture Josh having a blast with the hanging yarn lol!

 

SamplerLady, thank you too for all your info!!! I can't wait to get started.

 

The strands of the White Buffalo are about the diameter of spaghetti and a little more "together" than the roving. I'll play with regular roving first so I don't mess myself up. I might just leave it as is and crochet a rug to felt <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/dance.gif" />

 

Oh, and I tossed the idea of a wheel out to DH, he only looked slightly dazed <img border=0 src="http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/cutewink.gif" />

 

Holly

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I've got so much reading to catch up to here, but I just wanted to say.... my spindle came!!!! I forgot to get the mail yesterday <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/rotfl.gif" /> I finally remembered and what had I left in my mailbox all night??? My poor spindle. I've been playing for about half an hour now. I'm still all thumbs, but it's actually working. I have very messy looking yarn, but it *is* yarn! And yes, there is a difference between "rustic" and "messy" <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/toothygrin.gif" />

 

I definitely need more time before it becomes easy, I'm just so glad I can make it work at all! Patience is *not* one of my virtues. I am very hard on myself, if I can do something perfectly right away, I get very annoyed. <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/TearHair.gif" />

 

My biggest problem I think, is drafting correctly. I'm having trouble pulling the yarn. Either it doesn't move, and I get thick wads (yes, wads, not pretty slubs) or it pulls too much and seperates. First one to say practice get's a snowball thrown at them <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/snow.gif" />

 

Rebecca & Samplerlady, thank you for *all* the posts you have made on this subject, I've gone back & read most of them!!!!

 

Holly

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Ok here's my first spindle's worth!

<img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/ilexmi/firstspindle.jpg" />

 

I finally got the nerve to unwind it & give it a soak. It's hanging on the back of the door drying. I was having trouble finding something to weight it with, I ended up putting a few cans of catfood in a grocery bag and tying that on the bottom <img border=0 src="http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/wha.gif" />

 

The first part of the skein is still pretty kinky, I think I was over spinning at the beginning. We'll see what it looks like tomorrow!

 

Holly

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mmouseplus.gifMy weights are nylon pant socks (like knee-highs) with river stones. Two stones in the sock, knotted the top and then shifted the stones so one is near the knot and one at the toe. I've also used C batteries in a sock. :D
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That is gorgeous! Now I want to try more - haven't been able to since my graduate school has started back up..but maybe this weekend!

 

Thanks for motivating me!

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Ok

Take one

<img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/ilexmi/firstspin.jpg" />

A little over spun, even after blocking it still wants to twist up on itself in spots, but not bad for my first try.

<a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/ilexmi/greywb.jpg" target="_new">take two</a>

and

<a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v201/ilexmi/bluewb.jpg" target="_new">take three</a>

 

came out a little more uniform. Still thick/thin singles but I have my twist amount down better. After setting the twist it lays nicely. They are the White Buffalo Unspun wool pencil roving stuff. It did spin ok, a little tricky because it's a short staple length and as finished yarn, it's very scratchy. I wouldn't buy this stuff specifically to spin, but since I had it around, it was good practice material.

 

I'm hooked <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/Loco.gif" />

 

I'm emailing with a lady about buying her used Ashcroft Traditional. The price is right, just waiting for her to send me a picture before I say yes <img border=0 src="http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/ura1.gif" />

 

Holly

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mmouseplus.gifVery well done. Much better than my first yarns and much much much better on anything I can produce on a spindle! :D
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I'm impressed with your yarn! I had a homemade drop spindle as a girl but haven't tried since then. Your first attempts are better than my first attempts at the wheel I have now! well done!

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Thanks everyone!

I will admit I can be a bit...obsessive...when it comes to a new hobby. I can't let it go until I'm good at it.

 

And...I am getting the wheel <img border=0 src="http://img28.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/ura1.gif" /> Sent the payment off yesterday. Hubby is in denial <img border=0 src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/crochetville/rotfl.gif" />

 

Holly

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