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« on: November 04, 2005 05:26:25 PM »

Alright, all you fabulous spinny dudettes, I need your help. I have me a bunch of tussah silk, and a bunch of alpaca, and I want to blend the two together as a christmas gift for my mom. BUT -- I don't have a carder of any sort. Up til now I've been spinning either from roving, from the lock or using a wire toothed brush to draft and straighten my fibres. My point being, I have no blending experience!

So my question is -- have any of you tried blending fibres minus a carder? And if so, what was the result and your method?

I know it's not ideal to try to blend without the proper equipment, but realisticly, this equipment just ain't going to be available to me. I guess maybe I should just experiment!
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2005 09:15:59 AM »

If you have $50, you could buy a pair of handcards.  They are def. worth it.

In a pinch you could also use dog brushes.  They won't work as well but they will work, and are cheaper.

But if you can afford the handcards, go for it.  Try ebay too, sometimes they have some for cheaper. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2005 11:54:42 AM »

This method may not result in the most even blending, but I've been known to hold two fiber types, one on top of the other, as I'm spinning, blending them together in the draft.

Alternately, you can spin the silk, spin the alpaca, and ply them together.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2005 11:23:21 PM »

I was experimenting with this...I had a bunch of wool (2 colors) and some flash, and I balled it all up together and pulled the ball in half, balled it up, pulled it in half, ect. The glitz blended in, and it's actually some of my favorite yarn to date.

I hope my description makes sense. It's like kneading dough, or something.
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005 02:23:09 AM »

I was experimenting with this...I had a bunch of wool (2 colors) and some flash, and I balled it all up together and pulled the ball in half, balled it up, pulled it in half, ect. The glitz blended in, and it's actually some of my favorite yarn to date.

I hope my description makes sense. It's like kneading dough, or something.

Yes, that does make sense! Thank you, I'm gonna give your method a go! Cheesy

ETA: By the way, your yarn is beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2005 10:15:00 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2005 10:37:48 AM »

There's nothing wrong with just holding two fibers in your hand to spin together, but I find silk is so stiff and crunchy it pulls and drafts at a different rate than alpaca or other easier-to-spin wools. Sometimes for kicks I like to spin singles randomly alternating one fiber and another (or alternating colors), then ply it up for a surprisinging 2-ply. Good times.

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