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Topic: First mini batts made on my fiber blending board *updated wth finished yarn*  (Read 1289 times)
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« on: October 12, 2013 12:41:09 PM »

My husband and son gave me a Fancy Kitty fiber blending board for my birthday, and today was the first time I tried it out.  I took every little greenish scrap of wool I could find in my stash and blended them.  It's mostly merino and corriedale but also a bit of mohair.  I like how it turned out!  I will have to finish up the yarn I'm currently spinning so I can see how this spins up!  A drum carder was really out of my budget range, and I think this board will be great for my blending purposes, and it's so portable too!



*Update* I finished the yarn -- here it is!  101 yards.  I named it Green Giant because it's a big, bulky corespun.  It's a bit overspun, but very soft.  I know I should run the core yarn through in the opposite direction before corespinning in order to get a really balanced yarn, but I was WAY too impatient to see how the colors would turn out to do that!

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013 02:15:17 PM »

Very cool! The colors are great!
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013 07:38:15 AM »

Wonderful, Niks!  I've been coveting those boards. Looks like you are having fun with yours.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013 06:51:54 AM »

I have been looking into blending boards for the same reason. drum carders are very expensive, but I really want to card. I'm planning on making one myself and I'm also going to get some hand carders.  I am looking forwards to seeing how those pretty rolags spin up!
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2013 10:17:10 AM »

Thanks!  Yes, it is so much fun, and I love that it is very portable.  I went up to a lodge on Lake Superior for a long weekend and took the board and some scraps of wool with me.  Blended up lots of cool stuff, and people were very curious to know what I was doing. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2013 06:51:46 AM »

I updated my original post w/the finished yarn.  Check it out!  :-)
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013 04:18:30 PM »

Wonderful!! Thanks for sharing the finished yarn, Niks!
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2013 08:34:11 AM »

The finished yarn looks great!
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2013 09:41:21 AM »

I am so happy for you Nik. That yarn does look great. I can't wait to see what else you'll be adding to our super sweet community now that you have a new tool.
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