Can you tell I’m having fun with my new Drum Carder? This is just 2 days worth of playing. Since they are art batts I am going to see about selling them online.
I picked some more wool up from the Destash group, different breeds to try this time. Clun Forest, Fine X breed, and Border Leichester. They were a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed carding them and discovering what the different fibers were like. As can be expected from a destash group they were not the finest examples of their fibers. It is probable that I should have combed the fibers to get rid of the short second cuts (but since I don’t have the combs or the $100 it would cost for good combs that was not an option).
Despite the second cuts, or maybe because of them, these fibers are spinning up into lovely skeins that can be used for a nice outerwear project. Maybe a throw rug since they are in similar colorways. It is certainly not soft enough for next-to-the-skin garments but ti is very pretty anyway. I am pleased that I was able to experiment with these different types of fiber and look forward to more opportunities to explore!
I was watching “Get More Spun: Part 1” by Abby Franquemont on CraftDaily.com video subscription service when Abby mentioned storing singles on several bobbins to ply from later. She stated that storing singles on several different bobbins and mixing them up before plying will help to even out some uneven spinning. I saw the bobbins she was storing them on and it clicked, those are shuttle bobbins not spinning wheel bobbins! I will admit to still having some apprehension about how many joins might be needed for these yarns, but my excitement is far outweighing any misgivings.
This did bring about another potential sticking point, I do not have a bobbin winder. I picked up an attachment for my cordless drill but between my underpowered drill and my inability to get the bobbin far enough down the shaft so that I feel comfortable putting pressure to wind a nice tight yarn onto the bobbin, my winder is not going to cut it. I looked at bobbin winders, over $100 each! Fiber tools are so very expensive, and often for something that can only be used for a single purpose. As Alton Brown would say, “Unitaskers!”
I sighed, pouted, and decided to see if any of the sites online (Ebay, facebook fiber tools groups, etc) had a bobbin winder that I could get at a price I was willing to pay. In my travels I looked at the charkha a tool used for spinning cotton that Ghandi popularized in India to help free his people (it really is a fascinating subject that I intend to dedicate at least one post to in the near future). The Ashford version looked sort of like an amped up bobbin winder, but at almost $400 it would be an even sillier investment than the Unitasker!. However, there was another option a Babe Linten Spindel Charkha Wheel. At $150 it is not less expensive than buying a bobbin winder, and it could be argued I could get a book Charkha and a bobbin winder for about the same price, I am very happy with my purchases.
Babe’s Fiber Garden was amazing at helping me figure out if using their wheel as a bobbin winder would be a reality or not. They even offered to send me some bands that are used for animal castration thinking that these will be a good size to keep my bobbins on their spindle. I really look forward to playing with my new Mulit-Tasker as soon as it gets here! I have some cotton left over from last year when the Cotton Clouds kit was on clearance from Woolery, but this playing might have to wait until Spinzilla is over!
I may even get time over the next year to tell Babe’s Fiber Garden that their new Garden loom looks like it would be good for Sprang!
I am having an absolute ton of fun with my facebook fiber find. Admittedly the quality is not quite what I expected, but the colors more than make up for it. I am finding quite a bit of the fiber to be rough and in some cases sticky. The locks pull apart and are a bit course to work with, but I am pressing on!
I turned the locks into a big pile of fluff that I then spun into 2 singles that I then plied! This resulted in a coarse 2 ply yarn, about 64 yards, that I hope to make into a hat at some point, or weave into something!
Once I had the fluff carded out it was a ton of fun to spin the fiber. Look how pretty it is after being washed!
I think that this would make a great hat, or something similar. I would want to be able to show the colors off, but it is not a good fit for a piece intended to be worn next to the skin.