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!
One of the ladies on Spindlers suggested adding alcohol and hotter water for my wash. Another suggested using 2″ washers with a 1/4″ opening as a diz.
Since I am enabling Betsy, I gave her some of the maybe-Dorset fleece and some dog brushes to take home on her spring break and wash. She just bought a wheel and apparently has the same crazy-obsessive gene that I have. DH says I am evil or something. But he is always encouraging college students to play more ping pong and get interested in fencing, so I don’t see how he is any different! LOL
Got the stole finished for Dorcas (sorry, I don’t think I took a photo!) and the prayer shawl finished for LaShawna (a girl at church being confirmed on Easter). Working on a project for myself–finally decided what to do with the yummy Sylvan Spririt Green Mountain Spinnery yarn that I bought just because I wanted it but had no project in mind. A wrap for myself. It is dk weight in Moonshadow and Luminous and I’m doing a rectangular shawl with the easiest open-work stitch I could find in my Stitch•A•Day calendar, “open featherwork”, which is only a five stitch repeat and 2 rows (one row is purling only).