Since I don't seem to be keeping up with posting, but I did post
on Spindlers this week, I thought I would paste it in here.
How many of you spin without carding or combing from washed
fleece?? I know at least a couple of you do, because someone
suggested it to me months ago. I kinda like doing it myself
(I got some raw wool for free that seemed worth the time for
washing and worth spinning, but I don't have a carder or a
picker or combs and the dog brushes weren't making me happy),
but it seems that I rarely hear of people doing it that way.
Anyone know the history behind carding? I mean, in the old
old days they weren't bothering, right? Probably they were
spindle-spinning with raw wool? Do you think they washed it
first?? Just taking some time out washing some more Jacob and
spinning some up...And considering buying a Shetland fleece
(but haven't ever spun Shetland...)...
I made another stab at using the dog slicker brushes (I got
some that were slightly bigger) and had a much more satisfying
experience trying to "card" than I did last time. I made
little rolags and spun those up and the yarn does seem much
smoother than what I made from only-picked wool. I even used
the hole in a cd to make a little diz and pull the rolags
through to make roving--although that hole is too big. It was
just as easy to just stretch out the rolags by hand. My wool
(fleece) is from a sheep that maybe is a Dorset and it seems to
be super greasy. The bumpy yarn (not carded, just picked) is
still "sticky", so maybe I need to wash the fleece MORE before
spinning. Drag. It is finally finishing drying!