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Old 11-22-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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Intro and a quick question..
Hi Folks,
I have been lurking for several weeks now...I am new to spinning and have been bit hard by the bug ....I bought a used ashford travelor off ebay last week, It should be here tuesday next. I also made a trade for some alpaca and cant wait for that to arrive as well..

I have spun so far: a generic wool ( meaning I have no clue what is was)
mohair
hemp and flax...

my question is this... is merino wool easy to spin or difficult?
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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Welcome!

Merino usually isn't recommended for beginners, because it's slippery and the staple length is a bit shorter than coarser wools. That said, some teachers start with merino because they figure if you can master it, then you won't have any problem with other wools. :D

I had only spun a few things when I bought a merino blend -- I think because it had some mohair in it that made it easier to spin. After that I moved on to 100% merino and it took a bit of getting used to, but it wasn't super challenging. (Like the 100% tencel I attempted this morning )

I say go for it, if it makes you then put it aside for a while and move on to something else!
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So Julie - being the beautiful spinner you are and me being the total newbie (1st lesson yesterday) what fiber would you recommend for beginners to spin? :thinking:
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Old 11-23-2006, 12:42 AM   #4
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I loooove Blue Faced Leicester...I find it so easy to draft, and it makes a wonderfully soft yarn. The first time I spun it, I thought, this is the stuff everyone should be recommending to beginners. :D
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Old 11-23-2006, 03:13 AM   #5
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I'm with Julie ditto on everything said. Merino and I didn't get along well at first, but a merino and silk blend was wonderful. Maybe try easing into it if you're intimidated...

BFL IS oh so very soft and easy to spin.
Second runner up would be corriedale
Then Targhee I think would be third.

However, my opinion for first fiber ever to spin is silk hankies. It doesn't get any easier than that...IMHO. Really good for spindlers.
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PS my first wheel was a travie too!!
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Old 11-23-2006, 03:58 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Liliyarn
PS my first wheel was a travie too!!
Your first wheel? How many do you have I picked the travelor because it seemed to be one that could do it all so to speak with just one wheel... DH isnt thrilled about 1 let alone 2 or 3, plus my weaving looms

Thank you for the responses, It will be fun to try all the different types of fiber out...
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Thanks Julie and Lilyarn. BlueFaced Leicester is what we started with but I just ordered some bats of Wensleydale to try.

I also have a Traveller, TrinOR. I bought it because it seems versatile and will grow with me. I am hoping it will be my permanent wheel since more than one seems out of my realm too.
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