Carding Wool

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.

Carding Wool

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Spinning Wheels

Well I now have three spinning wheels. My most prized one is the Ashford Traditional which belonged to my fabulous, funny, and always loving Aunt Caroline. While we were talking about it last year, she mentioned that it had a piece broken on it. I had said it wouldn’t be too hard to get it back up and running. Unfortunately Aunt Caroline passed away earlier this year. After talking with my cousins, Kathleen and Dean, I was able to get the spinning wheel. It has been fixed, spit shined, and works wonderfully. I have been using it more than my other two wheels. My Aunt Caroline would be so tickled to see the fiber that I have been spinning and so glad to see the wheel up and running. Come to think of it, her favorite color was Red. So the hunt will be on to find the special Red fiber to spin on this wheel to make something special in her honor.

Aunt Caroline's Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel