Fleece, Fleece, and More Fleece

The first bundle of the huge fleece is out of the wash pot and drying. The sheer size of the remaining fleece is slowly dawning on me. That’s a lot of carding time!

Laid Out To Dry

Laid Out To Dry

And even though I enjoy carding, there is a limit to what my hands can do without becoming one giant blister.

I’ve thought about getting a drum carder, and I know which kind I would get, but they’re a bit—no, very—pricey, and I don’t want to lay out that sort of money unless I’ll be using it to generate more income. Like custom batts or something. To put things in perspective, I could buy my spinning wheel three times over with that much money. So, for the time being, I’ll keep hand carding.

And, speaking of carding, I got the last little bit of Daisy’s fleece carded up. No idea what I’ll do with it. Something on the Walking Wheel. Maybe I’ll spin it up thin, then dye it in the paler cochineal after the sweater yarn is done. Then I could dunk some of it into indigo or cutch (brown) for a variegated yarn. I’ll have to see how much it spins up to be. There’s not a whole lot of it.

Fluffy Rolags

Fluffy Rolags

When I carded it the weather was good, so I had a really nice afternoon out on the back porch while I made the rolags. The only traumatic moment came when I saw a flutter out of the corner of my eye and saw a moth settle on (don’t panic, keep reading) the gutter a few yards away. I think I sufficiently threatened it, and it kept its distance while I finished. Lucky for it I was comfortable, or it might have become an imprint in the side of the house.

One Response to Fleece, Fleece, and More Fleece
  1. outandin
    February 11, 2009 | 12:56 am

    Moth + Wool = Bad

    Have no mercy!

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