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It matches my old hair!
My hair was a dozen different shades of green, blue, and turquoise. Being the matchy-matchy girl that I am, I wanted a scarf that matched my hair. I searched and searched for a scarf and couldn't find it. So, I figured I'd just crochet one. And of course, I couldn't find a varigated yarn in 'my' colors. So, I just figured that I would finally get around to learning how to spin yarn. I used a drop spindle, which you can make cheaply, but I bought mine for $7 off a user on Etsy. This yarn is made of Lincoln wool, mohair, merino wool, bamboo fiber, and angelina. I figured that I'd try the different fibers so that I could get a feel of them. Angelina is that glittery stuff. The mohair and lincoln were the easiest to use as a beginner, they had the most 'grab.' The bamboo was very slippery, but super-soft. If you are interested in trying to spin your own yarn, there are tons of videos all over the web. I'd make a tutorial, but it's really hard to learn how to just from pictures, videos are the way to go.

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Kalli
Kalli · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 13 projects
How do you make your own "spinning drop spindle"? I love the yawn you made...it's absolutely beautiful. I had hair of those colors once too haha.
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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Omg, this is SO great... I'd love to see the matching hair ^^ <3
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Annie B.
Annie B. · Prague, Hlavní město Praha, CZ
that's very cool. i started using a drop spindle, too. Here are some links that might help: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/HowToDropspin.shtml
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drXid5cT0y8&feature=related
I hope it helps. this is how i learned. It really is pretty easy.
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
This is gorgeous, you'll have to show us what you make with it!
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gorehouse
gorehouse · San Francisco Bay Area, California, US · 5 projects
I forgot to add that I factored in shipping to those costs. It would be cheaper if you can find a place that sells wool in your area. Also, some terms to use when looking for wool would be roving, batts, and top. You can buy colors already blended together, or you can buy colors seperate and attach them while spinning (or card them together, but I ca't afford cards, so I don't). I've found a lot more success in buying wool on etsy, rather than ebay. You'll probably need 3-4 ounces of wool. I think that I may have used around 3 ounces for my scarf, plus a smaller scarf for my 4 year old neice.
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gorehouse
gorehouse · San Francisco Bay Area, California, US · 5 projects
I don't know how to reply to comments, so I'm hoping that I did this right ...

Spinning yarn is so much easier than I thought it would be, I did a majority of this sitting on the couch or at work when my boss wasn't around. I suggest that you do a little research, just type "spinning drop spindle" into your search engine or on youtube or you can check out the lj community spinning fiber. My advise to to pre-draft (pulling the wool or other fiber into long, thin strips before spinning), it makes things so much easier. And also, go with a fiber like Blue Faced Leicester or Mohair to start off with, as they are a lot easier to work with. To start out, you'll probably be looking at a cost of about $25 USD if you decide to purchase a drop spindle instead of making one. About $15 for the wool if you make your drop spindle.
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Stephanie N.
Stephanie N. · 1 project
Is spinnng yarn fun? I wanna try!
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Rosie
Rosie · Southampton, England, GB · 5 projects
spinning your own yarn is seriously cool!
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