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Teaching Alissa to Spin Cotton Yarn

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On Thanksgiving I finally got a chance to crack into my cotton spinning kit that I ordered from The Woolery. I brought it to my in-laws' place and after dinner my step-niece Alissa and I played with the kit together. I taught her how to brush a rolag with my new 120 pt carders, and then we started to practice spinning.

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Here's the carders after Mark assembled them for me. I just cut a flap in the box to accommodate the handles for now, until I can find a more permanent storage solution. Below the cards is my handy dandy cotton spinning kit, complete with tahkli spindle. I like the weight and balance of it. It spins like crazy.

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In no time, Alissa was spinning on her own. She got the principles down really quickly, and I think if she had the opportunity to practice she'd get pretty good at it.

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Here's the payoff: somewhere around 3 yards of her very own handspun cotton yarn! Cotton isn't easy either, so I've gotta hand it to this kid. She picked it up quick, and she seemed to enjoy it the whole time. I know I had fun helping her learn!

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