Carders and Wool

Well, the carders arrived yesterday and they were a bit more beat up than I thought they would be. (In appearance, at least.) We gave them a good cleaning, and my dad is going to help me straighten some of the hooks out and rehydrate the leather that the hooks are embedded in.

Antique Carders

Antique Carders

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some wool tomorrow. We’re going to a sheep farm that sells raw wool. Their shearing day is September 20th, and we’re going to watch.

Violets Single

Violets Single

On the spinning side of things, here is the Violets fiber in single form. I started working on it a couple days ago. I just love the way the fiber becomes such rich colors. When I pulled the fiber out of the package, it expanded into a sort of donut or tire shape with the beginning of the strand nowhere in sight. I ended up having to create my own end, and then promptly found the real end less than three feet down the strip. Isn’t that the way it always goes?

With my fiber stash getting relatively low I’ve been eyeing some beautiful fiber on Etsy. I found that typing “spinning fiber” into the “supplies: tags, titles” or the “materials” brings up plenty of options! I wish I knew how to spin from batts because “Loop” has some gorgeous stuff. Although “The Ranch” has some really nice superwash. I love the hydrangea one.

However much I’m eyeing these fibers I’ll have to wait awhile before I can order more. Budget and all that, you know. Good tools to have in place, but sometimes pesky little things.

One Response to Carders and Wool
  1. Anne
    September 19, 2008 | 9:01 pm

    Ooh, that farm place sounds like it’ll be very fun! Please make sure y’all take plenty of pics to post on CLP! :o )

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