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1  Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Fiberwish on: January 02, 2008 10:19:43 PM
So where are your ideas peeps?!  Let's share our carding adventures!

Here is my brand new baby:

My BIG present this Christmas, a Strauch Doublewide Finest!  My darling husband took me for a night out to the casino, and I won the last Christmas Cash drawing...$1500!!!  I NEVER enter the drawings, cause I always feel like I won't win, but my loving husband told me to enter this time, and reluctantly I did...and I actually won.  I freaked out and cried SO hard, it was amazing.  Then, over the next few days, my hubby kept telling me, "Now you have the money for that carder you want, SO GET IT ALREADY!", and I kept putting it off.  I had a million excuses why I shouldn't, but he kept at me about it.  Well, finally he decided to take matters into his own hands and put the money on my debit card and HE BOUGHT IT!  I was so pleasantly shocked, words can't describe.  And yes, I cried AGAIN, lol!

And here is the first BEAUTIFUL batt we made with it:


I LOVE this carder!!!  YAY!!!

So what do you do with your carder?  Come on peeps, let's share!   Cheesy
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2  Your Favorite Carding Method? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Fiberwish on: December 30, 2007 02:13:41 PM
I love to layer, like this:

I card each color 2-4 times to sort-of "prime" it for the layering (# of times depends on the fiber itself).  Then I take each batt I made, spread it out thin, and start carding one color at a time.  EASY!!! 

I realllllly love to experiment with this method because you can just do one layer of each color, or 2 of each, or 1 of this one and 2 of those...endless fun!  And I like trying colors that I think really WON'T go together, because so many times I have found out that "two wrongs (colors) can make a right (blend)", LOL! 

This method is great, too, because the roving pulled from it has such depth and character, like this:

So what is your fav method?  What method of carding makes you just BEAM with joy?  If you can, show fellow craftsters some of the fruits of your labors!
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3  Re: What am I doing wrong? I can't get my bulky singles to stay together??? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Fiberwish on: December 07, 2007 12:30:06 PM
OMG!  Was that ur pic I found, frankierevolver?  If it was, I am both apologetic (I just had to right click, ugh) and amazed (it has been my ultimate inspiration to get better) at the same time!
So how do you get yours so smooth?
Is it like the others said and I just need to use combed top instead of batts, or is there some tree I must pray beneath?  (If there is such a tree as to grant me ultimate spinning and fiber wisdom, please put me in that direction.  Thanks!)

I don't own, per-se, a "bought" pair of combs, but I do have these that my hubby made me:

(Please ignore the dusty keyboard...it's the holidays and I have been BUSY dangnabbit!)

They are just a simple pair of wood cutouts with 16 pennies (size, not # of nails) pulled tightly through the drilled out holes.  I know they look really crude, but they actually work pretty good.  I still have a few neps going through them, but only a rare very few, like maybe 5 neps per foot of top at the MOST.  So I think they are good.  I already dropped them a couple times, and my hubby said next time he is making them with thinner nails closer together and out of good strong oak instead of poplar.  My clumsiness really knows no bounds!

Any more help or personal thoughts on this subject?  Keep it comin!!!  You all ROCK!
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4  What am I doing wrong? I can't get my bulky singles to stay together??? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Fiberwish on: December 06, 2007 08:47:31 PM

I have been spinning for a little over a year now, and I still can't seem to get my BIG bulky singles right.  I spin them from batts that are pulled into roving, and they ALWAYS seem to be more "thick and thin slubby" and WAYYY fuzzier than the even yarn I am trying to acheive.

I found this picture on the web of some yarn that I think shows a great example of a nicely even BIG single.

(BTW-Kudos to whoever spun this, your are INCREDIBLE!)

But mine turn out more like this...

And PLEASE don't tell me I am "overtwisting"...cause if I use any less twist it just falls apart.  This particular skein actually didn't have enough twist, and it came apart in 5 different places when I was skeining it off the bobbin.  I have tried SO much, and I am frustrated to the point of crying.  Does anyone have any help they can give me?  Any advice?  I am really sad over this, I put my heart into it and it just fails.  I am trying so hard to get this right, I will take all advie and ideas into consideration. 

Please help me!!! Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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