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« on: April 25, 2014 06:56:47 AM »





I recently got an Ashford blending board and decided to play with it and some Sheep Shed Studio dye soppers. I love how both turned out.

Unfortunately, several of the watermelon rolags went the way of a 2 year old finding fun fluffy fiber to pull to pieces.

For the sunny day rolags I picked out the yellow and let my six year old son pick out the others. He wanted to add blue and white. The reason there is a bit of black is because the white was Sheep Shed Studio Mill end roving that had thin strips of black in it occasionally. I think it turned out well.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2014 07:06:24 AM »

Wow! Those watermelon ones are great. Too bad the baby got them, I would love to see a yarn made from them. Now I want to make a self striping watermelon yarn, that would be cool! *inspired!* And how fun letting your 6 year old help. That's the way to do it, right?
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2014 07:30:59 AM »

Gorgeous rolags, Mel!  I really want a blending board, but just haven't gone out and bought one yet... I agree with Jexx, though. It's to bad those first ones were gotten by the toddler!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2014 07:56:30 AM »

Oh wow, those are gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2014 08:14:48 AM »

Love the second one. So neat!
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2014 09:05:25 AM »

Thanks! Luckily, not all of the watermelon ones were destroyed. Only about half, and I salvaged some as best I could. So one of these days, I'll be spinning them up anyway.

And Bella, I got the blending board to see if I liked this kind of thing before investing in a drum carder. So someday (maybe with next years tax return) I'll be getting a drum carder. My 7 year old has been watching videos of people using drum carders on You Tube and assures me she know how to do it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014 05:54:52 PM »

Those rolags are great, I love the the watermelon one, and I feel your pain about the toddler finding fluff. Its a frequent occurrence in my house too. Cheesy I made my own blending board last week, so i guess I should post some pictures of my rolags too. lol.
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2014 07:25:10 AM »

That's too cute, Mel.  My 6 year old is now proficient (if not efficient yet, a bit slow actually, but he's 6!) at the drum carder.  So, they aren't difficult to use.  I think you get different effects from a drum carder to blending board tho.  There's a bit more control to colour placement on the board vs. the drum in some situations.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014 03:19:08 AM »

I just found a really affordable drum carder for people on a budget/have a tiny house like me, it must have just come out in the last few months. Its called the Baby Brother by Brother Drum Carders. Its pretty small, but it comes in medium or fine tooth and total with shipping is only $250 in the US from their Etsy store. I about fell on the floor when I saw how much they wanted for it. It kinda reminds me of the Ashford Wild Card only half the price.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2014 09:38:51 PM »

Love them both, but the watermelon ones are super cool! I've never spun rolags before - need to try it soon!
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