|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
Thursday, February 06, 2003
After dithering for months, I finally bought a Fricke's Finest drumcarder from The Woolery with some Xmas money (thanks, Mom!). The Mail Gods were kind to me, and it arrived yesterday. Since then, I've been carding up a storm. Nothing is safe--even the cats are giving me and the Machine a wide berth.
Here's a sampling of what I've carded so far:
The grey batts are from a lovely silver Romney fleece I bought at the Black Sheep Gathering last year. I washed the fleece in July but didn't get far carding the 4.5lb of clean fiber on handcards. The pink batts are a blend of cochineal-dyed Bluefaced Leicester and alpaca, streaked with yellow annatto-dyed mohair and lavendar alpaca/BFL from a logwood exhaust run. With the exception of the mohair, all of the fibers were dyed in roving form before I knew I wanted to blend them, so I had to separate the roving into staple lengths to run through the carder. First I blended the alpaca and BFL, then divided the resulting batts and layered them with the annatto- and logwood-dyed fibers. Labor-intensive, but pretty to look at--and fun to make.