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« on: February 11, 2008 10:02:54 AM »

Ok, so I got my wheel last Wednesday, and my freaking awesome neighbor hooked me up with all sorts of fibers...
She gave me some silk and mohair that she was going to mix (or whatever that is called) that she kinda  botched the dye job on... and I tried mixing it, but it seems there must be a trick I don't know... its like the mohair is short fiber and the silk is long fiber and the silk is slippery and the mohair slides off sorta... do you mix the two in one hand like a pre draft, or do you have them separated in your hand and just have one on the left and one on the right side and sort of draft them at separate intervals, like multi tasking the two fiber in your hands... help!!!

(neighbor is always busy so it is hard to have her show me... and you guys are so awesome at explaining...)
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 10:07:51 AM »

You can use either of the methods you've tried or you can card them together.

If you don't have hand cards, I've heard you can use dog slickers (look like small hand carders).

If I was carding silk with mohair, I'd load the card with mohair, add some silk, then more mohair on top, then card.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 04:46:19 PM »

Ahhhh... carding... that's a whole new world! I was getting really uneven ratios of mohair to silk, but then again, I have really uneven ratios of everything at this point! Cheesy Maybe carding is the answer... my super cool neighbor has all the hand/drum carders I could ever want to borrow... Next stop: knockin on Katherine's door!!!! THanks!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008 12:59:03 AM »

Hehehe, you got an awesome neighbour! I need to move somewhere with an awesome neighbour.... Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008 09:35:49 AM »

She called me last night to see how I was doing... she suggested coming over to use the drum carder or that she would send me home with some hand carders if I wanted to do it at home! I'm not bragging, but I am! Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008 11:23:59 AM »

Hahaha, yeah, I love craftster too.  Grin
The advantage is that I am sitting in Europe, so it wasn't even that late/early for me... Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2008 12:08:53 AM »

You could also make a hackle.  Check out this thread....

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109776.0

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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008 11:56:51 AM »

That it is! I'm making one right now!!!! THanks!!!

By the way, I got better at hand mixing the silk and mohair, I will show you when I get it off the bobbin!!
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