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Old 07-08-2005, 07:53 PM   #11
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I will rember to post an image of the first bit of fiber I spin with my drop spindel.

There are several alpaca and lama ranches in my area. One of the alpaca ranches has a web site where they sell imported alpaca products from Peru. http://www.alpacadirect.com/

They also have imported fiber, yarn and products sold downtown at a consignment crafter's shop. That is where I have picked up some fiber to spin.

My girls are very curious about spinning so when my spindel didn't work they were as sad as I was.

I think I will be very happy about my spindel I bought and teaching my girls as I learn also.

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Old 07-20-2005, 04:57 PM   #12
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Well as promised. I have given my first attempt at spinning with my new Zebra Wood Top Whirl Drop Spindel.

I was ready. I used the rasberry colored merino wool wroving I had bought and I spinned some. I guess the old saying "practice make perfect" is correct.

I will have to practice ALOT! I fully intend to spin the rasberry, cream and soft pink merino wroving I bought and knit something really SMASHING with it. Hopefully it will not take a year to learn and knit.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:11 PM   #13
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Yay Joyt!! Congrats all around!

That roving is SUCH a pretty color. Too bad on the first spindle cracking; you might try taking the hook out and sliding the whorl up to the top edge of the dowel then putting in the hook again. Regardless of the crack, it should hold well, being braced by the whorl.

Anyway, I also LOVE your new spindle! Nice choice!

Don't toss the other one away though, it's handy to have 2.
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Old 07-22-2005, 01:36 AM   #14
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Thank you so much for the encouragement! I am sure with more and more practice I will get the feel of my spindle. I will have another photo to post when I have something coming out looking like yarn rather than fiber. It sure is more fun trying then it is frustrating.

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Old 07-23-2005, 09:56 AM   #15
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Joy, congrats on trying the drop spindle. I just took my first class a little over a week ago at a LYS while on vacation in up north Wisconsin. It was a great class. I bought my first drop spindle, an Ashford, and I love it. It is so easy to spin. I am just getting the hang of it as well. I love the thick and thin yarn and I also want to learn to do super thin so I can ply it with other colors. I have a beautiful red, purple, dark blue fiber to spin, a natural oatmeal-type color and a really cool bright green. I am not only a yarn junkie now, I feel I am becoming a fiber junkie as well!
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