The bobbins are cleared and ready to spin, my wheel is tuned and ready to roll. I have more fiber than I should be able to use, from yak silk to an amazing roving from a local herd. I actually plan on starting with the fleece from Ellen’s flock since I have a spin in event tomorrow.
If I decide I am bored spinning normally then I have a sari silk tweed batt and a couple of Art Batts to spin.
Then all of the rolags I have been preparing throughout September, but I already posted those. Spinzilla begins 1am EST October 1, 2018. If I am honest, I hope that I am not awake for that, but I do think I will try and wake up one hour earlier than planned to get some spinning done. Sometimes life stinks but you need to get up and find joy in something.
For the August Fiber of the Month Club we were sent some beautiful fibers and Nepps to work with. If you do not know, nepps are ususally bits of fiber that were caught in the teeth of the drum carder and became little wool balls. Sometimes these are the weak tips, or if the fleece was too fine for the kind of carder you have it will result in nepps. In this case it looks as though it were little felted wool balls dyed to go with this box. They are a really pretty rainbow of colors and I was sort of excited to get them. I sorted them out by color and used some of the little bits and some Perendale Wool I had to create little rolags to spin woolen for a fine, light, colorful yarn.
Nepps went everywhere. I had not used a large amount to begin with, but what I did have went everywhere leaving few in the yarn.
I was undaunted, okay, I was a little daunted. However I decided to persevere. I used my drum carder and some Corriedale wool I had. I put down a layer of Corriedale, then some nepps sandwiched under some Wool, and I kept going. This resulted in a very pretty batt.
I then proceeded to spin this into a thicker yarn. The resulting yarn was neat and textured, but there were still a ton of nepps everywhere. When I plied even more nepps flew off, and when I washed the resulting skein even more nepps wound up flying everywhere. I sort of like how the skein turned out, but I really want to be able to spin a finer yarn with the nepps (I will probably never do anything with the bulky yarn).
I look forward to continuing this journey and seeing where I am taken. I will keep you posted as I learn more about how to use nepps in spinning. Until then, Happy Crafting!
There are a lot of resources out there for learning how best to use a drum carder, these past three articles are a great resource for introducing a lot of the concepts involved in drum carding. This blog is probably a good one to follow also.
With this article, I especially liked the tip where the author says to hand card some of your smaller bits of fiber first to spread it out a bit more. I had never thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense to keep things thin and even.
Again this is a great article!
I had a similar experience recently with a beautiful hand dyed top I picked up from a local dyer. I wanted to create a striped batt by separating out the yellow from orange from red. The colors blended a bit more than I thought I wanted, but the end result is two fantastic batts, with sparkle (I like sparkle so I added sparkle), that I plan on spinning separately and then plying together. As soon as I am done enjoying the fluffiness that is their batt form.
Happy Crafting, and read this article. Short but sweet!
I love the newsletters I get from Strauch Fiber Equipment. They always lead me to such wonderful places. In this case the article points out, in a very quick way, a method of adding in extra materials into a batt, that goes through a drum carder, without getting extra things stuck in the drum carder. Great article!
Last week I decided to take some time and spin up random fiber I had lying around. As you can see I also carded up a really cute Watermelon Batt that I also spun. This was mostly just spinning for the fun of it, and culminated in the bobbins at the top. They are resting until I have decided how I want to have them plied, I did try to separate them out so that the different aspects of my experimentation were not muddled. Part of my experimentation included filling my bobbin up as much as I could manage. This was a great deal of fun, and I look forward to seeing what I will make of them!
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.