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Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-02-2007, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,500
Posted By dana_renay
I watched for a week or two, but I was dying for...

I watched for a week or two, but I was dying for a wheel so I just took the plunge. It worked out well for me. I have noticed that the used wheel offerings on ebay tend to wax and wane. There'll...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 10-02-2007, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,095
Posted By dana_renay
I use some bottles I bought from The Dollar Tree...

I use some bottles I bought from The Dollar Tree - they were cheap, but are not good. They leak, and oversquirt sometimes. They sell some nice cheap ones at Dharma Trading Co ...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-26-2007, 02:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,500
Posted By dana_renay
Buy a used one!! There are tons of secondhand...

Buy a used one!!
There are tons of secondhand Traditionals out there, most of them barely even used, and I frequently see them for under $250. I paid $200 for mine, including International shipping,...
Forum: General Knitting 09-26-2007, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,083
Posted By dana_renay
Mercerizing cotton is a process by which cotton...

Mercerizing cotton is a process by which cotton fiber is placed under tension while it is bathed in an alkaline solution (like caustic soda), washed and dried. The process of Mercerizing causes...
Forum: The Lounge 09-21-2007, 04:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,413
Posted By dana_renay
I drive a 2000 NB. The car handles wonderfully...

I drive a 2000 NB. The car handles wonderfully (sticks to the road like glue!) has plenty of pep, gets decent gas mileage and has never had mechanical issues. I also love that the positioning of the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-21-2007, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,488
Posted By dana_renay
People recommend plying as a way to balance an...

People recommend plying as a way to balance an overspun yarn. If your singles yarn has a little extra twist, then when it's knit (particularly in stockingette) it is going to bias, which means your...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-21-2007, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,210
Posted By dana_renay
I'm just curious, what breed are your sheep? A...

I'm just curious, what breed are your sheep?

A free wheel! You can't beat free, and the Ashford Traditional is so easy to learn on.
I've never tried to spin in the grease, but I have washed raw...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-21-2007, 02:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,832
Posted By dana_renay
I was lucky to have the chance to try out a...

I was lucky to have the chance to try out a couple of different wheels because I took a spinning class when I first started out. But it was hard to evaluate the wheels because I didn't have enough...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-07-2007, 12:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,902
Posted By dana_renay
. You're spot on - the unevenness in the angora...

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You're spot on - the unevenness in the angora was because the dye was exhausted before it got to the center of your angora "poof". More dye in the bath, or a different application method (i.e....
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 09-07-2007, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 830
Posted By dana_renay
If it is a double drive wheel, it is supposed to...

If it is a double drive wheel, it is supposed to cross. See here (http://www.woolery.com/Pages/selectwheel.html#singlevsdouble) for a good explanation of how double drive works.
Forum: General Knitting 09-07-2007, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 916
Posted By dana_renay
I was able to find the yarn on the FiberTrends...

I was able to find the yarn on the FiberTrends website. You can order it through them and the order is passed to the nearest authorized...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 08-15-2006, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,107
Posted By dana_renay
There is a really amazing place in your...

There is a really amazing place in your area:

http://www.tlddesigns.com/

They do lots of classes and sell wheels, fibers, dyes and tons of other cool stuff. The next beginning spinning class is on...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 07-07-2006, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,588
Posted By dana_renay
You can put half of the single onto a second...

You can put half of the single onto a second bobbin to ply, but you don't have to - you can wind half off the bobbin into a center-pull ball and ply from that.
You can even (theoretically) wind the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 05-11-2006, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,208
Posted By dana_renay
There are a lot of variables that play into how...

There are a lot of variables that play into how much yardage you'll get out of roving, but here (http://www.spinderellas.com/patterns/yarnchart.html) is a site with some good explanation of how to...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 05-01-2006, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,549
Posted By dana_renay
Well, a ball of roving is just one long strip...

Well, a ball of roving is just one long strip wound up into a ball like yarn, right? So, this is still strips, just shorter lengths, rather than one long, long strip.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-27-2006, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,549
Posted By dana_renay
I'm not sure what you mean - you can dye it using...

I'm not sure what you mean - you can dye it using any method I've seen for dyeing roving.
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 04-26-2006, 01:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,549
Posted By dana_renay
Sheep Shed Studio

Here is a good one:

http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/rovingbusiness.html

These are mill end rovings for 7.50/lb. I ordered 2lbs of white and 1lb of the black and white, they also sent some of the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-28-2006, 11:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,522
Posted By dana_renay
I saw you also posted on the KR spinning forums -...

I saw you also posted on the KR spinning forums - I think you'll get a better response there. I don't have any experience with either wheel. One thought, though. If you buy a new Fricke, it will...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-14-2006, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,331
Posted By dana_renay
Hey koolbreeze - did you get your Babe working?

Hey koolbreeze - did you get your Babe working?
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 03-07-2006, 12:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,331
Posted By dana_renay
I just finished a spinning class and another...

I just finished a spinning class and another woman in the class had a babe. The tension adjustment is a cable/cord thing that goes up over the bobbin and is then velcroed to the frame part of the...
Forum: Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 02-08-2006, 11:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,284
Posted By dana_renay
Can you estimate the weight of the fleece? Also,...

Can you estimate the weight of the fleece? Also, where do you live (zip code would be nice). I'd like to find out approximately what the shipping cost would be. You can pm me if you don't want to...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-27-2006, 12:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
Posted By dana_renay
So, I guess it's a little of both! I need to...

So, I guess it's a little of both! I need to knit more rows for the heel flap, and I need to pick up and knit the stitches on the side of the heel flap. (Why don't they just say pick up and...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-27-2006, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
Posted By dana_renay
Baby Sock - after turning the heel

Iím a little stuck on my first sock attempt. Iím working on ďSuper Quick Baby SocksĒ, pattern here (http://www.geocities.com/blossomknitwear/superquickbabysocks)

Iíve knitted the ribbing and the...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-13-2006, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,975
Posted By dana_renay
I recently did this intentionally to a sweater I...

I recently did this intentionally to a sweater I picked up in a thrift shop. Yes, you do cut up the sweater after you've felted it.
I found that anywhere you can see stitch definition, you're...
Forum: How-to Questions 01-10-2006, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,398
Posted By dana_renay
Well, acrylic is probably the most difficult...

Well, acrylic is probably the most difficult fiber to work with if you want to dye it yourself.
http://www.pburch.net/dyeing/acrylic.shtml

I'd recommend wool (knitpicks Wool of the Andes natural is...
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