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Spinners...making yarn out of fluff


#1

Hi! I detect the presence of other spinners…are you a spinner? Wheel? Spindle?

My main wheel is a Hansen and i also have a Rose. Many spindles, support spindles, many pounds of fluff. I’m working on a SQ of Jacob at the moment, three plied with some dyed BFL as the third ply.


#2

I would like to call myself a spinner, but have so many knitting wips, I can’t seem to find time. Perhaps this thread will help motivate me. I have angora bunnies and a mesh laundry bag full of zip lock baggies of fluff, oh my. I have a Kromski that sits in the travel bag. Retirement was supposed to give me time to do my hobbies, but am busier than ever.


#3

Me! Mee!

I have a spindle (or like, four) right now. I’m a poor starving college student, so I don;t have the money for a lot of fine tools, but I do enjoy the ones I have. I am crossing my fingers so hard that my dearest will make me a wheel for christmas, but my hopes aren’t extraordinarily high. If he doesn’t, I may just go ahead and do it myself… :wink:

So nice to meet you, rawedges. I’m Katie ^^


#4

I hope you get your wish :blush:


#5

I have four or five spindles, but mostly I like to spin yarn on my Ashford Traveller. I’m so intrigued by the Rose, though!

I just finished knitting a sweater with corriedale I spun last year.

Now I’m spinning and knitting at the same time another sweater with an alpaca/shetland blend.


#6

Did you see they already created a thread for spinners??? (“The handspinning corner” or whatever it is)

Just thought I would mention it so we don’t have two similar threads going at the same time. :slight_smile:


#7

I hope you get your Christmas wish! I got my wheel used at a fiber festival. And depending on how active the fiber artists in your area are, the classifieds could also be a fantastic resource. Bonus: buying a wheel from a spinner means you can beg for an in-person lesson on how the wheel is different from a spindle. :wink:


#8

Hi, I am looking for a spinner who can spin my dogs hair into yarn. I’m looking for someone familiar with spinning dog hair. Thanks!


#9

OOOOHHHHH

You are a genius and I’m going to do that today! (Maybe I should wait until after christmas, but there’s no harm in trolling through ksl and looking for something I love right NOW)

Thank you for sharing that!!! :heart_exclamation:


#10

Sample skeins from experiments conducted last week


#11

Those colors are beautiful and the yarn is simply amazing!


#12

Thank you. :blush: Blending colors is a lot of fun.


#13

I agree with this advice. I also think anyone looking to invest in a wheel should try several different brands and models before making a purchase. Some larger wool shops have floor models for this purpose, or take a class where wheels are loaned as part of the class. It can be quite a pricy investment and I liken the process to buying a car: you don’t need to get the most expensive model, but you do need one that is comfortable and feels naturally effortless to drive.


#14

Hi spinners! Looks like there’s not much activity here yet, but I bet there are more of us than we realize.

I started spinning about 2 years ago and have a couple of spindles and a Schacht wheel. I enjoy spinning but I’ve always been a “product” crafter, so for me it’s about understanding yarn structure and developing my skills to the point where I can say “I want this kind of yarn with these properties” and choose the fibers and techniques that will get me there. But I’m a long way from this goal right now.

My spinning goal for this year is to spin a sport or DK weight yarn from my sheep Phoebe’s fleece. She’s a Finn and she has lovely bouncy wool in a beautiful heathery grey-brown. I want to use the yarn to knit a skirt for myself. Next time I’m in the barn I’ll try to remember to take a photo of her.

For holidaytime I got a book, Yarnitecture, that I have been reading. It’s geared towards people who want to knit things out of their handspun, so it might be something others in this group are interested in.

http://www.storey.com/books/yarnitecture/

So, what are your spinning goals for this year? To get started? To master your spindle? To choose a wheel? To be able to spin a certain style of yarn or type of fiber?

Nice to meet you all and I look forward to discussing our spinning progress together.


#15

And here’s Phoebe. What a goof.


#16

I loved reading Yarnitecture! I’m waiting on some hand combs and am excited to play with processing fiber this year…as well as knitting with some of my handspun from last year!


#17

Hi all,

I am a novice spinner who got sucked into a whole beautiful bag of raw alpaca fiber last week. I’m looking for a book that will walk me step by step from washing it to getting it on the wheel. Any ideas?

Thanks.

P.S. It’s beautiful I’ve been carrying it around with me.


#18

I’m thinking about taking the plunge or “drop” into the spindle world. Any recommendations, I have read about top whorl and bottomwhorl - most are relatively inexpensive so should I get both and try, then make a decision? Everyone talks about how meditative and calming it is and that is something I think I need in my life right now.
Thanks


#19

if you decide you like using a spindle, you will eventually have a collection of many kinds. Go ahead and get one of each and expriement. I only have maybe six? Eight? I’ve got a couple of supported spindles, a wee Turkish, which are all bottom weighted, and some lovely top whorls also. As soon as you get the hang of it, yes, it is a very soothing activity.


#20

Thank you for replying, now for the fun part - shopping for a couple of pretty spindles!