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_Clare_
_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:This is a bit of a shameful admission... redface
(god, it feels like the intro to a Poi Anonymous meet)

I've been playing poi for two years... and I still haven't mastered the hyperloop/chain-twist-then-untwist move.

My big ol' heavy dogchains just ended up spinning at chaotic speeds, usually finishing their demented spin by hitting me in the face...

I've been lurking in homeofpoi forums for a good while now, and someone always mentions the benefit of sock poi... of course, I thought I knew best... cos it's always best to get used to the weight of your firepoi, right?!!

Ahem... no. Yesterday, for the first time (!!!), I made up some sock poi, and... managed a fairly nice hyperloop straight off!!!! Wayhey, joy and delight... biggrin

Course, I then spent the rest of the afternoon kicking myself round the garden for not trying it sooner... lol. I reckon with a bit more refining, and now I know the basics, I might even get it with my chains... weavesmiley

Just wanted to y'know... share ubblol
Take care xoxo


Getting to the other side smile

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Dom
Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK
Member Since: 19th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3009
Posted:Yep, sock poi are where it's at. Once you've got something figured out with sock poi it'll be easier to carry it over to chains, tails & whatever.

You in Belfast? LAst autumn I spent about 4 months in Belfast - only met 2 poi spinners, lovely people. So either I know you or you missed out on learning airwraps back in autumn. Oh well.


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coleman
coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay
Member Since: 29th Aug 2002
Total posts: 7330
Posted:speaking of sockpoi mr dom...

do you have any more white material/time to sew yet? ubbangel


"i see you at 'dis cafe.
i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
- tim westwood

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SpitFire
Mand's Girl....and The Not So Shy One
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2002
Total posts: 2723
Posted:Sock Poi haven't really made a huge appearance here in the southern part of the states...

Mand gave me her Sock Poi back in February, and I show them to people, and they instantly want to know how to make a pair. One of my friends, who I taught, made a pair of his own, making them a wee bit heavier than my set.

I definitely am a fan...though they are rather hot to use during the summer....make your hands all sweaty and stuff. erg.


Solitude sometimes speaks to you, and you should listen.

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_Clare_
_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:Fortunately (or not confused), hot, sweatiness is not something to be concerned with here in Belfast smile
It's more like rain, sleet, hailstones, snow and other forms of precipitation intent on spoiling your day ubbcrying


Getting to the other side smile

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woodnymph
woodnymph

member
Location: london,uk
Member Since: 14th Sep 2003
Total posts: 313
Posted:i too have just discovered the joy of sock poi....i offered to teach some kids poi and in my quest to find suitable poi for 6 year olds(!!!?)why oh why did they give me the year ones..........i made some up and t'was a revelation!

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BhodiLoco
BhodiLoco

member
Location: Vancouver
Member Since: 25th Feb 2004
Total posts: 5
Posted:Yep...

Starting to see more socks up here in the North West...
Elasticity helps with the hyperloops'n'stuff...

Using water-balloons for weights...good for weight adjustment, and doesn't quiet hurt like them more solid things...

And kinda neat contrast to fire, eh?

bl


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Vixen
Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire
Member Since: 10th Jan 2004
Total posts: 3276
Posted:Have you you guys been making your sock poi? I used my mates the other night and decided to make some but mine still dont feel quite the same. x

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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mushimoro
mushimoro

member
Location: London & Paris
Member Since: 24th May 2004
Total posts: 2
Posted:sock poi were my first pair of poi i had, coz when i first heard of poi spinning, i didnt know where to get them, coz there isnt a place here where i live. But, the first mistake i made was putting rocks in them ubblol . so i instantly ended up with a couple of bumps on my fore head ubblol

-=Beware of artists, they mix with all classes os society and are therefore most dangerous=-

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Sock Poi? Sounds British. wink

Naw... Glass got me hooked on them back in the day and I haven't looked back since. I brought a pair back to the US last year and now everybody in New York's got them. I make sure to credit my London influence whenever possible. biggrin


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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rbmnyc
rbmnyc

lurker
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Member Since: 10th Jul 2003
Total posts: 194
Posted:I can vouch for that:

I would be miserably sockless if it weren't for NYC.

Thanks, pimp.

ubblove


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Red_RaveN
Neo - Hippie
Location: Sala, Slovakia
Member Since: 8th Jun 2003
Total posts: 358
Posted:I agree that socks are great to spin and quite good to look at but.. but.. but.. I don't like them... *don't hit me...*

dunno it's just that I'm spinning over a year now and have tried sock poi for the first time only a month ago... I'm so used to my homemade tailed poi that there is no other for me..: o) socks are great but... no thank you...


Smile.. It confuses people..:)

Wonders never cease as long as you never cease to wonder.

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:[hitting]

but there's sooooo much more you can do with socks than with tails

[/hitting] wink


Hey Vix maybe you should look for some made similar to your mates? I found that the differing materials make for very different poi, also try and tune the weight to something more suitable. I don't know where I'd be without sock poi, probably just doing the three thousand weave variations that, rather boringly, all look the same!

All praise the socks


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Vixen
Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire
Member Since: 10th Jan 2004
Total posts: 3276
Posted:yeah but my socks just stretch loadz!!!! damn topshop! hahaha

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:If you find they're to stretchy you can always make cone poi from material sewn together. Infact there's diagrams on here to do it somewhere if you dig about. Mie are really old ones of Georges, infact they were her first ever stripee socks from when she was about 14...I'm so privilaged!! They don't stretch too much but after time they'll just stretch out and stop springing so much. Lots of weight quickly spun is a good way to age them a bit quicker

ubbrollsmile


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Puresock
Puresock

addict
Location: Oxford, UK
Member Since: 22nd Jun 2004
Total posts: 406
Posted:Written by: Vixen

yeah but my socks just stretch loadz!!!! damn topshop! hahaha



I got my socks from TopShop! They're pink! biggrin They stretch a lot, but you get used to it - I find it's best to just tie knots in them at the handle end as they stretch, so you end up with a short poi with a big knot at one end and the weight (tennis balls, probably) at the other. That way you have a nice big handle for throws and suchlike. They do stop stretching so much eventually and they turn out really nice...


"Take that, math!"

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CrazyHippyChick
errrrrr what?
Location: cloud 9
Member Since: 6th Jul 2004
Total posts: 198
Posted:tails are soooooooooo much prettier than sox!!!

I'll come back as fire and burn all the liars and leave a blanket of ashes on the ground.
I could write the new bridget jones diary only mine would be more bizarre, funnier, dirtier more unbelievabe and bloody true!

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Mags The Jedi
Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 2020
Posted:I wrote an article recently about Poi (intended for Sugar magazine, a crappy teenage girls magazine) and included instructions on how to make sock poi. My recipe is>>

1) a pair of kids knee socks (they come in nicer colours and dont stretch as far)

2)two hair bands or rubber bands

3)100g of lentils/popcorn/whatever.

Split the lentils equally between each sock, tie down the end with a hair band, and go for yer life.

Easy as falling off a unicycle.


"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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Mand
Mand

Keeper of the Spitfire
Location: Calgary Canada
Member Since: 24th Oct 2003
Total posts: 2317
Posted:I love my sock poi. ubblove
They're great for spinning in more confined spaces, where tails aren't practical. They're also a lot easier than tails for learning stuff.

I've just finished working at a outdoor adventure centre for kids. We all live on site, so I often end up with kids watching practice spinning and juggling. Loads of them want to try it, so I hand out my sock poi. That way I don't have to worry about getting into trouble for the kids hurting themselves!
biggrin


Lets steal a spaceship and head for the sun, and shoot the stars with a lemonade ray gun.

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CrazyHippyChick
errrrrr what?
Location: cloud 9
Member Since: 6th Jul 2004
Total posts: 198
Posted:tails are a pain but they look so pretty! lolsign

I'll come back as fire and burn all the liars and leave a blanket of ashes on the ground.
I could write the new bridget jones diary only mine would be more bizarre, funnier, dirtier more unbelievabe and bloody true!

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Mags The Jedi
Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 2020
Posted:Not as pretty as fire. And fire doesnt tangle and make the poi hit you in the nuts.

Case closed.


"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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CrazyHippyChick
errrrrr what?
Location: cloud 9
Member Since: 6th Jul 2004
Total posts: 198
Posted:not as pretty as fire by far.......... so pretty yet so dangerous oh i luv it!

I'll come back as fire and burn all the liars and leave a blanket of ashes on the ground.
I could write the new bridget jones diary only mine would be more bizarre, funnier, dirtier more unbelievabe and bloody true!

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:tails are prettier than socks?? Not my socks lady! Mine glow in the dark too cuz they're special like me ubbangel Although UV tails do look pretty damn kewl

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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CrazyHippyChick
errrrrr what?
Location: cloud 9
Member Since: 6th Jul 2004
Total posts: 198
Posted:spank

I'll come back as fire and burn all the liars and leave a blanket of ashes on the ground.
I could write the new bridget jones diary only mine would be more bizarre, funnier, dirtier more unbelievabe and bloody true!

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Aleks
Aleks

journeyman
Location: West Midlands, UK
Member Since: 1st Jul 2004
Total posts: 64
Posted:I bought adult socks for my sock poi... I don't mind the stretchiness since I have long arms... just one question.........

How do I keep them on my arms?

Al


Look at me twirl my pretty rainbow poi in my rainbowhat with my rainbow earings and my rainbow top etc.....

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Mand
Mand

Keeper of the Spitfire
Location: Calgary Canada
Member Since: 24th Oct 2003
Total posts: 2317
Posted:Wrap the ends of the socks round your hands, until you have the length you want.
Et voila!
Spin to your heart content!
biggrin


Lets steal a spaceship and head for the sun, and shoot the stars with a lemonade ray gun.

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Psi
boing
Location: Body in Seattle - soul still i...
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 529
Posted:Hmm, i prefer knots .. cos then you can do throws.. but i always used to just wrap them round my hands smile

Mike


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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:I've never wrapped round my hand cuz yeah like Mike says you can't do throws but it's a goot place to start.

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:redface Yes - I admitit: after making jokes of all the "french socks" I'm becoming a "sockie" too... redface

It's just sooooooooooooooooo nice to play with them...

hug I love my socks redface biggrin


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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_Clare_
_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:ubblol

I'm slightly over my sock addiction now... have moved on to flags and cones... but socks still rock for wibbles biggrin


Getting to the other side smile

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Ange_GSC
Ange_GSC

HOP's glowstick ambassador!!
Location: Bay Area, California
Member Since: 16th Aug 2005
Total posts: 128
Posted:I've been putting off sock poi for ages as well. I've recently met some poists here who can do some pretty impressive tangly stuff and I'm really interested, its about time I picked up a pair.

Thanks for the input!


missegyptology: "I just remember beingall off balance and unicycling really fast down to campus and the arabic was all blurred on the page"

^When Linz pulls an all nighter before Arabic class^

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