This week I sat down to watch my DVD on Carding Wool. The DVD has four professional individuals with many years of experience between all of them carding fiber. While watching the DVD I spent some time working on my carding skills. Trying the different ways these four individuals performed their carding routines. I finally tried doing rolling the rollags of the carders as was demonstrated in the DVD with some success. Practice is going to be the main objective here. It is still easier for me to just roll it off the carder with both hands.
In August 2014 I also volunteered and participated in the Sheep to Shawl demonstration at the Ohio State Fair in the sheep barn. This was to be my first time carding in public before many spectators who also came to watch the sheep shearing contest in the same ring. It was a little intimidating at first; however, once everyone who was spinning, weaving, winding bobbins, and carding got going everything lightened up. Thanks to Kathleen, one of our guild members, for helping me learn to be a better carder. There was a lot of spinning, weaving, and shearing going on that day and everyone had a lot of fun. Even the individuals that stopped by for the shearing competition and spinning/weaving demonstration seemed to have a lot of fun watching and learning the process of from Sheep to Shawl. Sure it is a lot of work; but it is also a lot of fun to do something you love doing and learning at the same time.
Now I need to get going and get the eight sheep fleeces that are scoured (washed) carded and spun into some wonderful yarn to make some wonderful knit and woven items.