Monday, April 24, 2006


I neeeeeeeeeeeeeed a niddy-noddy. Don't know where to get one though. The store I bought my wheel from is since out of business. I was hoping to get one at the upcoming fiber festival, but that's a looooong way away (a month) and I'm afraid I'll go all the way up there, and they won't have one.

I'm going to check local stores, but I have a feeling none of them really carry spinning things. I know the one closest to me doesn't. I might bother them anyways though. I think I'll try calling a store up by Akron to see what they carry because I don't want to drive there if they don't have them.

Maybe I'll go on a mad search tomorrow.

Anyone have any online suggestions where I could buy them? Ebay scares me.

I found this site, anyone bought anything off them before?

They do seem relatively safe.


Blogger FlipFlopGirl said...

Don't know where in NE Ohio you are located, but a store called French Creek Fiber Arts in Avon Lake has some spinning items. You could always call over there to see if they have what you need. The ladies there are always helpful and they teach spinning classes so if they don't have it, they may know where to get one locally. Here's a link to their Web site - The store is located not far from I 90 off the Route 83 exit near Avon Commons. Good lunck on your search! :-)

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Blogger Elizabeth said...

Ashley- can't help too much with the niddy-noddy question, but I think I can help a little with the questions you posted on my blog.

As far as dyeing roving vs yarn, both have their advantages. When dyeing yarn, you can have more control as far as creating a space-dyed or variegated yarn. Yarns to Dye For is an excellent book for this, as well as Dyeing to Knit.

Dyeing roving is nice too- I think you get much brighter colors that way and you can also have fun with hand-painting the roving. A great book for this is The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook.

As far as Kool-Aid dyeing, I just like to use the microwave. This way, the temperature increases gradually and you don't have to worry as much about felting. There is a great article somewhere in Knitty about this, and I have a post in my archives about it too at (the pics for this post disappeared after my pic hoster went belly-up, but the instructions are still there). However, I once dyed some roving with lichens, which required hours of simmering the roving. There was a little felting, but nothing some predrafting didn't take care of prior to spinning. As long as you avoid (a) agitation of the fiber and (b) drastic temperature changes, you should be fine. Hope this helps!

OK, as far as guesstimating how much yarn you will get from roving, I use a fairly unscientific approach. Say you have 3.5 ounces of roving. Decide what grist (thickness) you want your finished yarn to be and compare it with a millspun yarn. For example, a hank of Cascade 220 (worsted-weight) is 3.5 oz and 220 yds. A 3.5 oz hank of Halcyon 2-ply (sport weight) is 325 yds. And, with a fingering weight yarn, 3.5 oz will yield over 400 yards! Of course, this wil all depend on factors like how evenly you spin, if you want to ply, etc, but it is usually how I get an idea of how much yarn I will get from my roving. There may be a more precise way, but I'm just not all that into precision. Again, hope this helps and happy spinning!

1:29 PM  

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