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Old 01-19-2006, 12:39 PM   #21
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Hey wabbit, have you come up for air yet?
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Old 01-19-2006, 03:25 PM   #22
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I actually haven't had a whole lot of time to devote to it. I messed around with it for about an hour and a half total, and got frustrated cause I sucked so bad and quit

I did get some good spinning accomplished on my spindle though! I read a little of the Alden Amos book, and am ready to try and tackle the wheel again. I have a video coming, and I already signed up for a class at my LYS, but until then I'll just have to try to figure it out on my own.
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:08 PM   #23
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Just don't start drawing a bath for yourself and think "I'll try this for a few minutes while my bath is running."

You will get it. I had no one to teach me and I still managed to muddle through. I am sure within the next couple of days you will be surprised at what you can do.
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Old 01-19-2006, 05:28 PM   #24
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The first time I tried my wheel, all I got was a big mess. The next time I started out with a mess and but before long it clicked. It is still super uneven and in some places overspun....but it isn't just a mass of balled up fibers!!! You will get it.
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Old 01-21-2006, 01:29 PM   #25
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Oooh, congratulations Wabbit, Lendrums are fantastic! I have a friend who just got that wheel.

Make sure your break tension (the turny knob with the fishing line wrapped around it, assuming it has that feature) isn't too tight. I once sat down to help a friend who was struggling to learn to spin, and turned out her break tension was so tight that no spinner could spin on her wheel! It should be just tight enough that the yarn is pulled gently into the flyer. If it's being pulled firmly in, that's way too tight, and your yarn will be far more likely to break and get sucked in.
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:12 PM   #26
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Thanks for the tips! I did learn pretty quick about the brake tension after struggling A LOT with it. And I'm already doing a lot better, getting the hang of treadling, but I still need to work on my drafting. It is so great, and I'm so glad I decided to get it!
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Mwwaa Haa Haa - Another one caught in the spinning web :devil: (But isn't it sooo much fun?)
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Try taking a class!!
I'm definitely the biggest dork here. I'm the only 9th grader I know that went to the Fiber Loft in Harvard Ma to take a 5 hour class to learn how to spin yarn. (on a wheel, the drop spindle seemed tedious and boring to me)

At first I struggled with the hand motions. Treadling was easy and mindless. It's similar to rubbing your stomach and patting your head, you always have to think of one more than the other as you do it. After lunch it resonated a little more with me and I made a little better progress. IT JUST TAKES A HECK OF A LOTTA PRACTICE AND PATIENCE.

Attached is a picture of my results. I dyed it with Kool-Aid a and it still smells like sugar!!!

I learned on a Louet s10 and I've been scouring the internet with my mom trying to find a used wheel. I'm also looking into the Louet s15 a friend of mine is letting me practice on hers, and its practically the same as the s10. I think I'm leaning towards the Louet s15 though...

Lastly, not to be a nuisance but if anyone knows where I can find one it would be gratefully appreciated!!!
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While you're scouring the Internet, be sure to scour Ravelry's Used Spinning Equipment forum. I'm sure that most of the offers there never appear anywhere else.

Good luck!
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