Category Archives: Carding

Well, It is About Time.

Time. We all have 24 hours of it every day. Up until this last weekend I was using my time very unwisely: working and sleeping with a little eating and knitting in there too. So, now, today, I am gearing up for using my time a little better. I just spent about an hour and a half carding my lovely silver grey mohair fiber, and winding a warp for a completely handspun scarf.

I finished carding the mohair and was ready to drag my spinning wheel downstairs when I looked at the plastic “dresser” that holds my handspun yarns, 3 large drawers full (as well as some hidden in the closet!). The drawers are see through plastic and the yarns taunted me- ‘weave with us you said you would on your vacation’. Well, they are right, I decided. So I asked all the yarn what it wanted to be and unusual for me, (I am a blue and purple kind of gal) the reds and pinks jumped out of the drawers -‘make us a scarf’ they said. So, I sorted them by shade, sorta, and by yarn weight, sorta, and then wound a short (2 yd) warp. I just received my warp beam apron from Macomber and need to attach it to the warp beam, before I can use the loom, so I came downstairs, with the yarn, to see what I need to put on the apron. Then my computer called me, “Hey! Did you see the posts on facebook?” So, here I am writing a post about my soon to be warped on the loom pink and red scarf. Sigh, did I hear someone say, “shiny object!”?

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I have been busy…finally!

I finally got a whole day in my studio last week to “work”. I enjoyed myself thoroughly even though I began many things and didn’t finish anything!!

I carded some lovely Wensleydale wool:

Then I warped the rigid heddle loom with some hand-spun warp and weft:

I finished warping the Macomber a few days ago so it now looks nice and neat, even though I found some threading mistakes that must be fixed. Oh well, part of my “learning curve”!!

I had also finished spinning some lovely blended wool and silk from C.R. Yarn and had it on the    little kniddy knoddy waiting to be washed:

I have spun up some lovely roving from Castle Fibers featured at C.R. Yarn into some      interesting yarn. I have it for sale at the shop. So my next spinning project is more of the lovely    roving.

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The Pillow worked!

Pillow case almost full

carding the wool

I finished my wool pillow on the 3rd of July. However, it was not “firm” enough for me to sleep comfortably on. I really enjoyed the night’s sleep without waking up with wet hair from my old pillow, though! I finished washing the rest of the white wool today and plan on carding it tomorrow so that I can really finish the pillow. Here are the photos of the process.

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A Day For Carding

Today it is very warm, again. In the 90’s. I am not fond of warm weather.  BUT, I have an air conditioner in my studio where my carding machine is set up. Yeah! I have a project that is a big mystery. Will it work or will it fail? I am carding wool to create a bed pillow for me to sleep on. I decided that it was cheaper to buy the fleece, wash it and card it than pay for an expensive wool pillow. If this project fails, then I will have a very nice batt of freshly carded fleece to spin! I know I am warped!

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