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Tgz
Chatty Knitter

Portugal
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  11:49:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tgz's Homepage Send Tgz a Private Message
Hi. I never spinned, and I don't own any material to do it, but I'm intrigued and maybe I'll try it. Some questions, before:

1) Is there some website that explains how to spin with words and _still_ pictures (not videos, because I'm having some problems with opening videos in my PC)?

2) I have read the thread about beginner's fibers. The thing is: I have a very sensitive skin, especially in the face and neck (and I knit with the yarn around my neck). So, it is very important that the fiber is soft. What fibers must I search for (soft) and what fibers must I avoid (scratchy)? I mean, I have heard about BFL, Corriedale, Romney, Ideal, Merino, but I only know that merino is soft. What about the others?

3) Can someone suggest me a good place to buy online a beginners spindle and some fiber in Europe (because I've had several bad experiences with shipping and delivery from the US... Bad Portuguese customs! They seem a black hole...)

Thanks in advance,

TGZ

my knitting blog: http://knittingthrough.blogspot.com

minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3469 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  11:58:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message
Hi Tgz!

1 - There was a KR newsletter about spinning with a drop spindle earlier this year and it had still pictures.
http://knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/050707_a.asp

Interweave/Spin-off website is a good starting point too - they even explain how to make your own CD spindle
http://www.interweave.com/spin/Getting_Started.asp

2 - I tried merino, merino/silk and corriedale so far. Merino was a little slippery at first for me so corriedale worked out better as I was beginning because it "stuck" better - it's not super soft though so you might not be OK with it.

3 - Can't help you with that one, sorry!

--Minh
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jaymeKnits
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USA
1353 Posts

Posted - 12/15/2005 :  2:25:49 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message
I found this page on fibers:

http://www.textilelinks.com/author/rb/971111.html

The smaller the micron count the softer the wool.

It will be harder to learn on such soft fibers but still very possible. Also look at blends with silk, tencel or other soft lustrous fibers.

Jayme
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Susan T-O
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USA
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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  7:08:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Susan T-O's Homepage Send Susan T-O a Private Message
Angora/wool blends, baby alpaca, and soy silk are all very soft, although they may be a bit expensive to learn on :-)

Susan T-O in Long Beach Ca

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the
most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.'" --Isaac Asimov
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