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TBW-1004 Self-Striping Sock Yarn and the Mitts of Experience
Would you like to spin a sock yarn that will knit like a cable, but only be two plies? Do you like stripes? This 7-page e-tutorial contains the instructions to spin self-striping faux-cable sock yarn, and fun fingerless mitts you you can knit from the yarn you'll spin up. I like to call them the Mitts of Experience -- as they will contain the knowledge the fiber gave you as it turned into yarn!
This tutorial got rave reviews at its debut at the Whidbey 2010 Spin-In, where over 100 people spun it during the spin-in workshop.
This e-tutorial on spinning sock yarn discusses spinning and plying methods, joins, wheel tuning and spindle selection, and the design of stripes and structure for this faux-cable yarn. It is packed with color pictures and helpful measuring tools. If you think you can't control the thickness of your yarn -- think again! With a few simple wheel-tuning tips, you'll be spinning different thicknesses as easily as your default singles. This e-tutorial is geared to spinners who have learned to spin and ply, and are looking for new techniques to add to their spinning toolkit.
The booklet is 7 pages, color, scaled for printing and reading on 8.5x11 paper.
In addition to spinning techniques, knitting instructions are given for mitts from the yarn you produce -- no matter if it's thicker than sock yarn, or not, you can knit your own "mitts of experience" from the first 2 ounces you spin with this method. Instructions are given for sock-weight yarn and worsted weight yarn so no matter what you spin, you can knit your mitts.
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