Friday, June 24, 2011

Had to try this...


I read in the Ashford Spinners Group on Ravelry that someone tried to make their Ashford traditional into a spindle spinning wheel by just jamming a dowel into the orifice and spinning away. Well, that sounded easy, and I was up for a challenge. I found a paintbrush handle that just fit and gave it a go. Lo and behold, it worked! But I found my spindle spinning techniques leave a lot to be desired. It does work really well for winding yarn onto bobbins for weaving, too. Ahh, the wonders of fiber......

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  1. Yikes! Now why would you want to spin like that? hmmm, I guess it would be similar to spinning flax? I know I enjoy the difference between the spindle and the wheel...hmmm, now I want to experiment.

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  2. What an amazing amount of creativity can be found on Ravelry! I didn't realize there was an Ashford Spinning Wheel Group. Now I guess I'm going to have to check them out. I love my Ashford Traveller.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  3. Kathi--I think you're an engineer at heart!! XXO-

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  4. How interesting, this will come in handy if you want to spin yarn too big to go through your orifice, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  5. This is so awesome! I was just trying to figure out how I'm going to wind two skeins at once off the Flying Saucer sock yarn and you've just given me the answer. Thanks so much. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  6. Ravelry is such a great place for finding info on just about everything!

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  7. How did we all get by before Ravelry? I learn something new there almost every day.

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  8. Ok, I'm feeling dense here. Maybe I need to see a video of this in action, cuz I don't see how that works... the spinning part, I mean. The winding part makes sense.

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  9. Very ingenious! Love the colour of the fibre too :)

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  10. such pretty fiber you have there!

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