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MAmaDawn
03-28-2009, 09:34 PM
And I am so excited! I just took a priviate class today and learn to use my drop spindle better and how to use a wheel... and I bought one there! YAY! It's an Ashford Traditional double drive. By the time I left I was starting to get pretty consistent thickness and twist... not great, but pretty good

YAY!!!!! I can't wait to get it put together and spin on it!

Foxyie
03-29-2009, 12:20 AM
well congrats!

be sure to come back and show off some yarns!

mullerslanefarm
03-29-2009, 08:29 PM
You'll love the Traddie. A very dependable& versitile wheel.

Congrats!!!

MAmaDawn
03-30-2009, 09:42 PM
I do love it! I do need to find a chair that's the right height... being 5'4" might make it a little hard, but I'm already seeing that my back will thank me in the long run.

I got some corridale to spin with it and though I like it, I don't like it as much as the BFL. I'm REALLY looking forward to the MSWF in may now!!!!

Quiltlady
03-30-2009, 10:18 PM
So happy for you. Can't wait to see your yarn.

dustinac
03-31-2009, 08:41 AM
:yay: Congrats on the wheel!!!

mullerslanefarm
04-01-2009, 04:10 PM
I've heard folks saying they needed a chair the correct height and I've not had that problem. I'm just 5'4" also, but will move the wheel towards or away from me so I am comfortable.

Where did you get your corrie? I've tried corrie (and BFL) from various sources and most times the corrie wins hands down. I like spinning a yarn that blooms after spinning and the corrie does that.

MSWF ... sigh ... maybe some day, then again maybe someday I'll make it to SOAR too!!

Can't wait to see your yarns!.

MAmaDawn
04-03-2009, 09:29 AM
I've heard folks saying they needed a chair the correct height and I've not had that problem. I'm just 5'4" also, but will move the wheel towards or away from me so I am comfortable.

Where did you get your corrie? I've tried corrie (and BFL) from various sources and most times the corrie wins hands down. I like spinning a yarn that blooms after spinning and the corrie does that.

MSWF ... sigh ... maybe some day, then again maybe someday I'll make it to SOAR too!!

Can't wait to see your yarns!.

I move the wheel too, the correct height helps stop back pain. Having your feet flat and thighs parallel with the floor makes sitting with correct posture easier.

And I was wrong about the fiber I have, I remembered it wrong... it's Coopworth... I remember reading that now but was mistaken when I was posting

I have my twist between 10 and 12 per inch... I've tried the long draw and I like it better than predrafting... but predrafting did help me learn when the right amount of twist looks like.

I have one spool full and I'm hoping to get the second one filled today. Do I have to wait to ply it? Does the yarn need to sit on the spool first?

I'll post pics when I'm done. Thanks for all the help and support. I'm loving spinning.

mullerslanefarm
04-03-2009, 09:36 AM
I love the long draw, it is so much faster and I get a more even yarn. The book 'Spinning for Speed and Softness' is one you might be interested in.
Your yarn doesn't have to sit on the bobbin any length of time. You really don't even have to ply to use it.
The last yarn I spun, I had planned to 2-ply it, but forgot to weigh & split the fiber before I started spinning and I know one bobbin has at least .5 oz more fiber on it, sooooo ... I spun the 2 bobbins last Saturday and chain plied one bobbin on Sunday. The other bobbin will be chain plied when I have time.
When you wash/rinse/hang you finished yarn, don't weight it. Yes, the weight will straighten the yarn if it isn't balanced, but when you make something from that yarn and the first time you wash it, the twist you weighted out of it will come back!
Ahhh, Coopworth. Wonderful for outerwear but definitely not in the same league as BFL or Corrie!!!

WhiteLotusAlpacas
04-05-2009, 10:25 PM
I've heard folks saying they needed a chair the correct height and I've not had that problem. I'm just 5'4" also, but will move the wheel towards or away from me so I am comfortable.

Where did you get your corrie? I've tried corrie (and BFL) from various sources and most times the corrie wins hands down. I like spinning a yarn that blooms after spinning and the corrie does that.

MSWF ... sigh ... maybe some day, then again maybe someday I'll make it to SOAR too!!

Can't wait to see your yarns!.

"Blooms" That's exactly how I described my dark maroon alpaca. I didn't know that was a real spinning term. :)

By the way, congrats on the wheel! I have a traditional single drive and so far so good!

MAmaDawn
04-17-2009, 10:31 AM
Here is the yarn that I've spun... The 3 that are together are what I spun and plied on my wheel. The other 2 are what I spun on my drop spindle. The small one is VERY over spun, it was my first one. The other one is a single and I don't think I'm going to ply it... have not really decided yet.

toomuch
04-18-2009, 09:14 PM
Your yarn looks wonderful! Great job!

Foxyie
04-19-2009, 01:34 PM
your yarn looks super!
i'm loving that single.. very nice

knittingymnast
04-19-2009, 05:46 PM
That yarn looks great! I really like that color!

mullerslanefarm
04-20-2009, 09:06 AM
Great job MamaDawn!

Do you have plans for the yarn?

Overspun? Nahhhh, it's ENERGIZED!

MAmaDawn
04-20-2009, 02:19 PM
For the coopeworth , I was thinking a hot pad. Not sure what pattern to use. Maybe just knit a rectangle and felt it. Would it be wrong to felt my first handspun? I'd like to make something I'm going to use.

For the single alpaca, I'm thinking either a neck warmer or scarf. I need to estimate how much yarn I have (I forgot to count it when I had it on my niddy noddy) andthat will help me decide.

I might dye the coopworth... but the alpaca is staying the way it is.

Thank you all!

fibrenut
04-22-2009, 02:56 PM
If it's in a hank form right off the kniddyknoddy you can still guesstimate the yardage. Just count how many strands there are in the loop and multiply that by the circumference of the kniddyknoddy divide that by 36 and ya gots yer yardage.

MAmaDawn
04-23-2009, 10:00 AM
I forgot to do that... I need to untwist it from the hank and count it... I just forgot and it's so much easier when you have it on the niddy noddy, at least it is for me...