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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 02-07-2008, 05:20 AM
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Posted By IamtheWalter
Hi Irina, you may have already found the answer...

Hi Irina, you may have already found the answer somewhere else but the wheels of icelandic wool refer to pencil roving. Because it's usually put up in short fat center pull balls, some people call...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 01-09-2008, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,745
Posted By IamtheWalter
I'd say six to be safe. Here's a link to a chart...

I'd say six to be safe.

Here's a link to a chart for yards to the pound for commercially spun yarn.

http://ispindle.com/WPI.htm

Be aware that handspun will usually be denser, sometimes alot...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 01-09-2008, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,480
Posted By IamtheWalter
There are videos at ispindle.com...

There are videos at ispindle.com (http://ispindle.com) and IIRC they're all (or almost all) done on a top whorl spindle. Though top or bottom whorl, the drafting methods are the same.

I definitely...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 11-17-2007, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,118
Posted By IamtheWalter
A distaff is a tool used to hold the fiber for...

A distaff is a tool used to hold the fiber for spinning.

traditionally it's a staff used for holding wool or flax, usually flax, for spinning but nowadays people make and use wrist distaffs which...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-29-2007, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,636
Posted By IamtheWalter
Acid dyes will not work on cotton or any other...

Acid dyes will not work on cotton or any other cellulose (plant) fiber.

Cyndi, I have to differ in opinion with you. I have dyed protein/cellulose blends with acid dye and the acid dye has always...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-29-2007, 03:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,636
Posted By IamtheWalter
Rit dyes will work on cellulose fibers including...

Rit dyes will work on cellulose fibers including cotton but they do bleed in the wash and need to be heated to take properly. A better option is a fiber reactive dye. Procion mx is a good fiber...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-27-2007, 01:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,280
Posted By IamtheWalter
I'm still working on other projects so I haven't...

I'm still working on other projects so I haven't even swatched yet, something I will do so I can see if it works right for the pattern I choose. It'll also tell me if it's tolerant to frogging, if...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-25-2007, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,443
Posted By IamtheWalter
This is a topic that I don't know too much about,...

This is a topic that I don't know too much about, however I will tell you what I do know:

The cocoons most likely have the chrysalis (pupa) in them
the cocoons will most likely have to be degummed...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-25-2007, 09:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,386
Posted By IamtheWalter
When I first started dyeing, I dyed silk with...

When I first started dyeing, I dyed silk with fiber reactive dyes since I was dyeing wool with food coloring at the time, silk dyed with food coloring tends to bleed badly, and while I did have a...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-25-2007, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,386
Posted By IamtheWalter
Silk can be dyed with either fiber reactive dyes...

Silk can be dyed with either fiber reactive dyes or acid dyes.

Acid dyes are used to dye wool and silk and need to be heated. A mild acid such as vinegar or citric acid is needed to lower the ph of...
Forum: General Knitting 10-24-2007, 10:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,605
Posted By IamtheWalter
Golfer or brittyknits: is it possible that you...

Golfer or brittyknits: is it possible that you can post the letter verbatim?

I subscribe to knit n style because they're beginning to include at least one male pattern an issue, but have noticed the...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-24-2007, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,280
Posted By IamtheWalter
I'm definitely going to knit my first lace...

I'm definitely going to knit my first lace project (or at least first lace project attempt) with this yarn. If I just can't get the hang of it then I'll frog it (if the yarn lets me, I've accepted...
Forum: General Knitting 10-24-2007, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 660
Posted By IamtheWalter
:roflhard: I think Yarn Man Christopherneeds his...

:roflhard:

I think Yarn Man Christopherneeds his own uniform.

Though since his real name is part of his superhero name, keeping his true identity secret may be a little hard.
Forum: General Knitting 10-24-2007, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,219
Posted By IamtheWalter
Oooh! And about the goats, I don't know too much...

Oooh!

And about the goats, I don't know too much about them, but there are pygoras (http://www.pygoragoats.org/)
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-24-2007, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,098
Posted By IamtheWalter
First off congrats on your spindle kit...

First off congrats on your spindle kit purchase.

It's hard for me to recommend a good beginner site simply because there are so many out there. Some are simple and basic, some are more...
Forum: General Knitting 10-24-2007, 06:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,138
Posted By IamtheWalter
Hey silver, do you have a link where you found...

Hey silver, do you have a link where you found the image?

maybe it's the crazy in me, but I'm always into knitted art like the dave cole (http://theknittingmachine.com/) stuff or the blood scarf...
Forum: Pattern Central 10-24-2007, 06:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,280
Posted By IamtheWalter
Help me find a beginner lace pattern for this yarn

Hey guys (gals),

I've decided to start my first lace project soon and I've already bought the yarn: I have about 820 yards of it.

Thing is, this is the yarn:...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-24-2007, 05:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,553
Posted By IamtheWalter
I haven't sat down and figured it out but I would...

I haven't sat down and figured it out but I would say that my wheel has payed for itself, considering that most of the wool I spin costs $8-15 a pound and exotics are usually much cheaper to spin...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-24-2007, 04:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,042
Posted By IamtheWalter
I searched the household products database and...

I searched the household products database and wikipedia and found these two...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-24-2007, 04:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,321
Posted By IamtheWalter
Wilton's colors break because many of them...

Wilton's colors break because many of them contain the food coloring: red 3 (erythrosine). I'm not sure what exactly happens chemically but it has a tendency to separate and become insoluble in an...
Forum: General Knitting 10-19-2007, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,687
Posted By IamtheWalter
I remember coming across that youtube video, and...

I remember coming across that youtube video, and also a blog entry somewhere about the hooked needles and have also had my eyes out for them.

I just did a quick google search and found this yahoo...
Forum: How-to Questions 10-18-2007, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 871
Posted By IamtheWalter
Assuming that the wool isn't superwash, another...

Assuming that the wool isn't superwash, another possibility is that the spun yarn may have alot of twist in it.

For a knitted object to felt, the wool fibers need to move around and both knitting...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-18-2007, 07:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 15,896
Posted By IamtheWalter
I figure I should add here the sites I feel could...

I figure I should add here the sites I feel could be helpful. I am going to try not to post any repeats (sites that someone else posted) and I'm going to try not to post an overwhelming link flood,...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-18-2007, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 982
Posted By IamtheWalter
How exactly do you predraft? Do you just split...

How exactly do you predraft?

Do you just split the roving into strips or do you also pull on the roving a bit to open it up?

Are you drafting any or basically predrafting it right to the goal...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-18-2007, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,262
Posted By IamtheWalter
The ashford website has a parts list and assembly...

The ashford website has a parts list and assembly guides online. The ashford traditional you're getting may be a little different from the one currently being sold, but it should still be a helpful...
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