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Hi Wanda,
Oh, light green sounds lovely for a spring shawl. It's also a cheerful color to be working with over the drab winter months.


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What is the percentage of angora in the blend? Angora tends to halo very rapidly with handling and use so it's usually best to hold off wet finishing until the project is completed because once haloed, it can be difficult to rip back to correct errors if you're knitting and, if you're weaving, darned near impossible to unweave. After the project is finished and washed, more halo may be raised (if desired) by brushing the fabric. Brushing by hand must be done under tension and I recommend using a natural bristle hair brush and gentle strokes. Once brushed, the fabric can not be unbrushed.


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Well, it did sound lovely and may happen some day. However, as you know with my daughter being engaged it means I should probably keep the yarn white now and add some gold beading and make it a present to her for her wedding. Life just keeps on changing. Now to find a pattern.

I do love winter, but it does get long.
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That would be an heirloom for sure!


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Just peeping in for a second to say "hi"

I am a very new spinner - only 2 mos and on a spindle! But I have taken to it like a duck to water. I am eager to refine my craft and hope to make the purchase of a spinning wheel within the next 6 mos

Currently I am spinning BFL about 14 WPI, singles. I really want to make lighter so that I will still yield 14 WPI after plys - I am not interested in anything heavier than Sport weight.

This Virtual Guild is very exciting for me... I live overseas - FPO AE - and we have no guilds or groups to speak of - So YAY! Llyn!

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With drop spindles, the lighter weight spindle will give you finer yarns smile Small support spindles are also good for fine yarns. The larger support spindles are better for thicker yarns.

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I've got one more bobbin of Cormo to spin before I can ply the yarn for my Moebius Scarf. The Cormo really does have a lovely hand. I'm anxious to see the finished yarn.

I've also come up with another idea for a wrap (not that I'll get it done, but who knows). Have any of you ever made EZ's Hooded Aran Coat in her book Knitting Around? I'm beginning my calculations for the amount of yarn I need to spin and have made the calculations for the size I need. I've also decided to choose my own Aran designs for my hooded coat, but I would sure appreciate hearing from more experienced knitters than me, words of wisdom before starting this project. I'll have about 60 oz of wool to wash and spin first so I have time to hear from you if you can offer any tips.

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Hi Llyn
<snip>..."but remember that handspun is often denser than it's commercial equivalent and that yardage is the most important factor. The best thing to do is to spin a sample skein, wet finish it, measure the yardage, measure the yardage and use the sample skein for figuring your total fiber needs."

I never remember the part about weighing the yarn first then make a sample and then weight the yarn again to see how much I used. OR am I suppose to tink the sample and measure the yarn I use in the sample. How do you figure out the yards used in the sample??

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