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Domino
SILVER Member since May 2004

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Posted:Great site, huge amount of information and friendly people. Well done, just felt it should be said.

Now to the problem. I've been doing poi for about a week now with sockballs-on-string I think it's time to get a real set, any recomendations please? I did try to look for the beginner's section of the shop but it seems to have disappeared so any help pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated.

Thanks for your time.


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Dr_Molly


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Posted:read the eulogies to sock poi on here
get longer socks
ditch the string

what do you mean real anyway?
wink


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MikeIcon
GOLD Member since Mar 2003

MikeIcon

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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

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Posted:I second what Molly said. Sock poi are the greatest for learning.



1) Get 2 of the longest socks you can find.

2) Put a tennis ball in each one.



Voila, great pair of sock poi. You can tie a knot in the open end for easy grip and you can also cut a slit in the tennis balls and add some loose change to increase the weight.



Ive been spinning for over a year and I still use my sock poi more than anything (including fire).


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onewheeldave
GOLD Member since Aug 2002

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Posted:I've never bought a set of poi- never will.

I make my own, of various types, but always find myself going back to the socks.

Sock poi are proper poi, if you want to get into releases and one hand stuff they'll be better than anything with finger loops.


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bender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

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Posted:Written by: onewheeldave
Sock poi are proper poi, if you want to get into releases and one hand stuff they'll be better than anything with finger loops.


IMHO sock poi and poi with finger loops are not mutually exclusive.
would you buy a pair of sock poi from me? i have minial fungus. hug


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DeepSoulSheep
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DeepSoulSheep

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Posted:I now have the material to finally make my first set of cone poi. I've been using lycra socks for ages now and they are great.

As an aside to OWD or anyone else. The reason I am dying (for ages) to make some out of material is that I don't find socks good for releases as they tend to spring and dissappear. Is that just me?


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Tao Star


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Location: Bristol

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Posted:maybe i'm just a bit too southern and yocal - but i really don't like sock poi. eek

i learnt on poi with tails, and it didn't do me any harm, and they're much prettier (imho). i'm starting a crusade against socks because i think they just look yuck - and they get dirty really quick too!


so there.


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Dr_Molly


Dr_Molly

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Posted:but tao star
you can wash socks!
the hygienic magic of clothing
smile

but they don't make the flappyflappy noise, which is a downside


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Tao Star


Tao Star

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Location: Bristol

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Posted:yeah, the flapping is goooood. smile

i like my twirling pretty and flappy happy.

DOWN WITH SOCKS!!! stripes are good, but there's just no substitute for neon ribbons for circle making.


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native
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

native

sleeping with angels
Location: anaheim CA usa

Total posts: 508
Posted:i sugest you by fire poi and dont lite them on fire just practice with them until your ready for fire that way you dont have to by 2 sets of poi

SLEEP WITH ANGELS muckieha

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Dragon7
GOLD Member since Oct 2003

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Location: Aotearoa (NZ)

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Posted:String withTails, or just String. With poi i mean, no smelly socks thank you.

Tails just looks so cool...


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mech
BRONZE Member since Jun 2003

mech

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Posted:form were i stand there is three main shoices for you interms of poi and all other fall into sub cats of these, excluding fire poi.

Tailed
- good for moves when you need ppl to see your planes and such

sock
- ace for learning tricks, and smooth as you like, mainly gym or long socks witha sperical weight in teh base

cone
- a lil more hardwareing and feel a lil better than socks to me, a triangle of fabric sown along the edge to form a cone and then tied at the bottom, weighed in the same ways as sock poi.

everything else is just copies of these, i doo agree with both dave and bender in diff ways, if you nat one hand stuff, and meteror crossover then fingerless are good, if you wnat lots of tick finger loops can help for grip :S

its all up to you

ps beginers section to shop

laterdays


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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

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Location: Perth

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Posted:Hello James
Hows stuff?!!
I had my mum here and to stop her sweeping I got her making cone poi. She is a leg end. I now have about a dozen pair of them!!
take care darl
Gaynor hug hug hug


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