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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Spins #1 - Getting Started


Happy Sunday everyone!

And a very special Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there in North America and the UK (is it Father's day in Europe and Asia? I know it isn't in Australia). I wonder if there are any dads who read this blog... I'm a little doubtful ; )

Anyways, this the first post of my new series Sunday Spins.

I decided to start with some cheap roving for my first spin. I wasn't sure it would be knitable at all. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes roving.

My first 30 grams is the kind of nightmare you would expect for a first attempt. But hey, it kind of looks like yarn!

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I have started learning to spin by taking a spindling class through Craftsy (which I managed to snag free with a coupon code - yippee!). I had gotten a drop spindle for christmas. As I took the class, it became readily apparent that I would need a few more tools to successfully make yarn.  I don't want to make any expensive purchases until I'm sure I'm going to keep up with the craft so I made a few workarounds.

First up was figuring out a way to ply my singles together. There is nifty tool called a Lazy Kate but I don't have one. I Andean plied my first spin and now I have MacGyvered my own Lazy Kate of cardboard, chopsticks and toilet paper rolls.

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It will even fit my spindle too, for when I'm winding onto the toilet paper rolls.

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Next I needed a Niddy Noddy. This tool is used for winding your yarn into a skein and for measuring its length. They are not that expensive but there was no way I could wait weeks for one to show up in the mail. I went down to Home Depot to get the parts to build one from PVC. The guy that helped me was completely unfazed by my craziness and even cut the PVC piping and build it for me!

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It works a treat!


The rest of my first batt went better. I two plyed it which really helped every out the thick and thin and ended up with about 85 metres of something between aran and bulky weight. I'm hoping it will be enough to make a pair of Highly Regarded Mitts.

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I'm well on my way. I can already tell my next spin is much thinner and more even. I'll show you my progress next week!

Cheers, Nikki

6 comments:

  1. Love the color. Looks like you did a great job. Enjoy your new craft!

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  2. I have a similar cardboard box. I did splash out and get e middy noddy but that is because it is easier to order online than go to a DIY store. Before I did so, I used the feet on a sweater dryer. It worked pretty well but I couldn't work out yardage. I now know I'm not giving up the spinning. I am pretty much in love with it, after only spinning four braids! I was surprised at how my first spinning worked out when knit up. It looks really good even when the spinning and plying is uneven.

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  3. Wow, I love your homemade Lazy Kate and Niddy Noddy! I will be trying out these ideas. Good job on your first skein of handspun yarn. How did you like the Wool of the Andes batt? I am thinking of buying some to try out since it is pretty inexpensive.

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    1. Thanks! I thought the Wool of the Andes roving was pretty good to start with. It has a long staple which makes it easy to spin and is really inexpensive for learning. That said I can feel the difference in quality with the BFL I'm spinning now.

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  4. How funny - great minds do indeed think alike! I Look forward to following your posts each week! :D

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