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anniedee 05-31-2011 09:02 PM

Help Joining Yarn
I just bought a drop spindle at a local fiber festival over this past weekend. Had multiple sweet ladies help me get it down and I started spinning yesterday. I did two tests with just a strip and feel like I got the predrafting down to where my yarn is the same weight (or close enough mostly for me :), but how in the world do I spin 100 yards?

I mean, I did as much as I could joining at the ends, but it got to be too much for my spindle. How do I get the yarn off the spindle but still be able to spin? or do I just have to get me a larger spindle? I can’t seem to find any youtube videos or instructions on that process. I’d like it to be one continuous piece of yarn…

thanks so much for your help!

NebraskaGal 05-31-2011 10:18 PM

I have that problem too. What I do is I fill the spindle as much as I can, then I unroll it into a ball. Then I start over, when I have filled it again I hold the ball from the previous time over the spindle, fluff the ends a little, then combine them by spinning the end from the ball and the end from the stuff on the spindle together. You can't see the spot once you have done it, the seam disapears. I don't know if I explained it so you can understand it, but I hope that will help. If you need, I could make a video of myself doing it.

anniedee 05-31-2011 10:23 PM

Thank you! I understand. You wait until you have one ball, do another spindle full and then join the two ends. Oddly, that never crossed my mind :)

Mommyof2andangel 05-31-2011 10:25 PM

I see you already had help :D

NebraskaGal 06-01-2011 09:50 AM

I am glad that I could be of assistance. I have a dear friend whom I could not have lived without when I first got started, I still go to her with questions that I have. :)

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