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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Favorite Carding Method? 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
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you love your Carder? on: December 30, 2007 02:59:34 PM
As for the washing...well...eh...it has been a real "trip" so far.  I do my "in lock" washing in my kitchen sink, and the "whole fleece" washing in the bath tub.  And OMG it is a LOT of work!  I actually had to go buy these special heat resisant thick black rubbery gloves because I am having my hands in the water so much that they started to get all red and ouchie.

I really like dish soap for my first wash, and then I use Softsoap hand soap for the second wash.  I don't like to over scour, it just takes the life out of the wool, and the Softsoap is really gentle.  I used to wash in a TON of dish soap and I would do 2-3 washes before I even started rinsing.  Now, I do it with just the one dish soap wash, then the Softsoap wash, then start the rinsing, and it is turning out WAY softer and not so darn dry and brittle.  I love it!
33  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Your Favorite Carding Method? 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!
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock-inspired and more! on: December 29, 2007 07:04:38 PM
Henny Penny ROCKS THE WHOLE WORLD!  That is some S.S.S. (sexy soft stuff)!!!
35  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: autumn and blue! on: December 29, 2007 07:02:48 PM
Oh sweeeeet!  They look like they have wonderful drape!  YOU ROCK!
36  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? I can't get my bulky singles to stay together??? on: December 28, 2007 04:59:10 PM
Thank you for your help, Frankierevolver!

I am sooo excited to try out new things! 

 Grin  BTW-Get ready for the "envy squad"........I GOT MY STRAUCH FINEST DOUBLEWIDE TODAY!!!!!!  Grin

When I get picks and video, I will start a new topic and PUT EM ON FOR YA'LL!

Blessed New Year!
37  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you love your Carder? on: December 28, 2007 04:53:09 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of ALLLLLL Ages.......

I GOT MY STRAUCH FINEST DOUBLEWIDE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And OMG, it is a thing of beauty! (a tear falls from my eye)

I will be using this carder tonight and tomorrow, and I will get pics AND video so you all can see it.

If there is any certain thing you want me to show you, let me know and I will get a pic or video made up for you.

38  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lendrum DT wheel misalignment? on: December 28, 2007 03:22:34 PM

Thank you for posting this!  I have had a "knocking" in my Lendrum DT, especially when I ply, and this is sooooo the info that I needed.  My DH said he figured that is what it was!  Thank you so much everybody!

39  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to buy a sonata (international shipping) on: December 20, 2007 11:50:53 PM
Ok, here's the thing: it may cost you more to buy where you are at, but you will not only have it sooner but also more than likely "safer".  Sometimes, even though companies do their absolute best to pack properly, stuff gets broke in the mail.  It just happens, and it sucks Sad.

If you have the chance to go and try out the one that is nearer to you, that would also be better, too.  It is ALWAYS better to buy if you have actually tried it first so that you know that when you get home you won't say many nasty words and other such bad things Angry Cry Embarrassed

Also, and this is TOTALLY personal, but when I went to the "spinning shop" for the first time to buy my first wheel, I was AMAZED at how easy the Lendrum DT was to use!  It was sooo uber smooth and lovely and didn't take up very much space and was completely portable.  So, yes, it came home with me Roll Eyes, but only after I tried 9 different spinning wheels first (which was so fun I can't even tell you how fun it was!). 

This isn't a cheap little thing to buy, so really investigate, research, and try out if at all possible, and you will make a choice that will bring you SUCH happiness! Cheesy
40  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: terminology ? on: December 20, 2007 11:42:32 PM
I think what you are explaining is what is known as "spinning from the fold" or "spinning from the lock".  It really is fun isn't it! Cheesy

Something that you might try looking for online would be keywords such as "dyed locks" or "dyed wool locks" or "undyed locks".  Sometimes you can find just plain, undyed and cleaned fleece on Ebay, but I would also check Etsy.

Maybe try asking someone who sells dyed locks if he/she could sell you some undyed locks.  It never hurts to ask! Wink
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