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« Reply #290 on: November 02, 2009 07:17:16 AM »

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Here's wishing you better luck with that Merino than I had.  Merino has a LOT of lanolin ... you will lose on average 50% of the raw fleece weight after scouring.

This is a fleece you will want to scour in very small amounts, lock by lock ... Good luck!
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« Reply #291 on: November 03, 2009 03:36:08 PM »

You know you spend to much time thinking about fiber when you are trying to type "the cat loves to lay on the white sheet" and it comes out "the cat loves to lay on the white sheep"!   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #292 on: November 03, 2009 03:40:11 PM »

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« Reply #293 on: November 03, 2009 05:52:26 PM »

Maybe you guys can answer this easily...what kind/size of carders should I get?  I read somewhere to not buy student carders (since they're small?) .  Anything else I should know? 

I have 3 HUGE bags of wool I got for free and I've been washing it and all that.  And I got a spinning wheel recently so I'm all set to go except for the carders.  I did get some cheap dog brushes but they're...not good enough I guess and slow. 

My husband wants to know what to get me for christmas and I suggested carders but don't want him to get me the wrong size or something that's not going to work well. So...I'd figure I'd ask all you experts Smiley
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« Reply #294 on: November 03, 2009 06:27:39 PM »

My student cards (with 72 tpi) ate my merino wool.(in otherwords, It got all neppy and ugly)  They are good with my Luster wensleydale, and would be good with other not so fine fibers.  But for variety I suppose purchasing, or asking for, some fine hand cards would be best Smiley
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« Reply #295 on: November 04, 2009 07:37:02 AM »

The more PSI the better.
72 psi is medium
112 psi is fine
208 psi is cotton

Besides the tpi, there is the flat or curved varieties.

 I have Schacht curved 112 tpi cards that work well for me. (about $75)  The Ashford fine carders run about $60
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« Reply #296 on: November 04, 2009 08:42:40 AM »

Just go all out and tell him to get you a drum carder Cheesy
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« Reply #297 on: November 04, 2009 09:05:05 AM »

LOL Nesse!  The Patrick Green Deb's Deluxe is a wonderful drum carder!!
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« Reply #298 on: November 04, 2009 02:28:50 PM »

haha yea...a drum carder...I wish!  He keeps saying he wants to build me one but I don't think he really could. 
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« Reply #299 on: November 05, 2009 05:55:29 AM »

There are plans out there to build one, but the cost of the carding cloth will make purchasing a drum carder look real good!
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