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New Pal

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Posted - 12/13/2008 :  12:45:25 PM  Show Profile Send nrlightfoot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just decided to get into spinning because I couldn't find the blend I wanted, so I ordered some top roving to blend together. I have Merino wool, nylon, alpaca, and angora.

I'm trying to figure out how to make blends with this roving to spin into a sock yarn, probably worsted, because I've read that worsted is better for socks.

How can I make these blends, and what tools will I need? I would prefer not to spend a lot on tools.


Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 12/15/2008 :  01:22:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit eepster's Homepage Send eepster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To spin a true worsted yarn you will need to use combs and a diz. If you don't mind a semi-woolen, then you can use hand carders. Large slicker combs for dogs can be bought very economically from pet stores and used as hand carders.

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New Pal

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Posted - 12/22/2008 :  07:06:31 AM  Show Profile Send nrlightfoot a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So, what exactly is the process for blending different fibers with a set of combs and a diz?
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 12/22/2008 :  7:50:10 PM  Show Profile Send arlinem a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Rexenne on You Tube has a couple of excellent videos that will show you exactly what to do with combs and a diz. search for "Using Indigo Hound Combs Pt1" and you will come up with her series of videos.

there is also a specific technique for spinning true worsted yarn which you can find at it is the combination of the preparation of the fiber in a specific way together with the specific technique of worsted spinning (essentially putting a lot more twist in than woolen spinning and smoothing down the yarn before you feed it onto the bobbin) that creates a worsted yarn.

expensive equipment isn't necessary to spin any kind of yarn. using a drop spindle is always an option whether you are spinning worsted or woolen. they can be quite inexpensive and is an excellent way to learn. i believe there may even be videos on you tube for spinning a worsted yarn using a drop spindle but i prefer a wheel so i never bothered to learn to spin worsted on a drop spindle.
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