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41  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Do you love your Carder? on: December 19, 2007 04:32:40 PM
Well, to start with, I really like the fact that the roving carder makes kind-of a "pre" roving, and I LOVE to dye roving.  However, the doublewide can just get SO much more done at a time, but then the downfall being that I have to pull all the roving from the batt.  So more or less I am lazy. Wink

I just wondered, being that the teeth seem so short, if the doublewide can actually hold alot of fiber....(I think I am stalling on the "big point" here)........

Ok, I can't lie...I have approximately 900 pounds of raw wool coming to me.  Yes, that is quite alot!  And that is why I was leaving out that little fact, because being that it is so much I already knew people would say the doublewide.  But then again they would probably be right, at least with the quantity in consideration.  From all that I hear, Strauch Carders are just THE BOMB!  Everybody that owns one is just absolutely THRILLED with it.  But with the cost being so much less, and the fact that I like to dye roving, I thought I should at least mention that I was thinking about the Louet.

So yeah, wow.   I really need to get in touch with reality...right?

But everybody, please tell me what you think of your carders, the pros and cons, and why you love it!  I am eager to hear your thoughts and opinions, and then take my education from your answers and purchase the carder that will help me most.

Thanks ahead and Happppppy Holidays,  Fiberwish
42  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: my new baby Lendrum on: December 19, 2007 02:07:16 PM
U R GONNA LUV IT!!!

I know I sure do love mine! Grin

And it is SUCH a versatile wheel, the possibilities are literally endless.  I hope you get yours soon and then you can share in all the joy of being the proud mommie of a beautiful spinning wheel!
43  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Do you love your Carder? on: December 19, 2007 02:03:48 PM
I am thinking about purchasing a new (or used if possible) carder.  I am really torn right now, because I have enough money for either of my final 2 choices, but one is drastically less expensive than the other, and it is so DIFFICULT to choose. Undecided

The top 2 on my list are:  The Strauch Doublewide Standard (no brush cause I can't quite afford that), and The Louet Roving Carder.

Does anyone out there that owns or has tried one or both of these have any input for me, opinions? 

I will be doing just about every kind of fiber you can imagine, but I have heard that both of these carders can do them all very well.  So this is SO tough! 

It would be great to have the Strauch, but the Louet would leave me more money for other stuff.  But I want to make a smart choice, as I probably won't have the money to do it again for some time. 

Any suggestions??? Huh
44  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking to purchase some twisted funky yarn on: December 19, 2007 01:42:16 PM
"Any posts asking if someone can make or where you can buy a specific kind of yarn will be deleted. "


Just a heads up.



Wow.  I thought this was a "crafting" website? 
45  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - new spinner pulling out her hair instead of the roving on: December 19, 2007 01:35:28 PM
Also remember that when drafting you really need to keep your drafting area to just a touch longer than the staple length of the fiber.  For example, if you tried to draft out fiber from top or roving that had fibers of 4" in staple length, but only held your hands 3" apart, then it would be very difficult to get the fibers to slip past each other and draft out.  It's kinda simple math, but it TOTALLY eluded me at first, too!  Wink
46  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I doing wrong? I can't get my bulky singles to stay together??? on: December 13, 2007 03:06:28 AM
Frankierevolver:  How much do I felt it?  Should I felt it alot, like to where it starts to really felt the individual strands together, or just felt it till it barely starts to felt together?
Do you have any other tips that I could use?  I would really appreciate it... Smiley

Your yarn is SO beautiful!  I hope someday I can spin as good as you.   
47  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Which combs are the best at dehairing? on: December 09, 2007 11:29:39 PM
Can no one help me?   Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
48  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Craftstravaganza shawl on: December 07, 2007 10:19:34 PM
Your pics show such great detail!  What kind of camera do you use, if you don't mind me asking? Huh
49  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Craftstravaganza shawl on: December 07, 2007 10:15:56 PM
I LOVE IT!  OMG all the colors are soooooo pretty! Grin
50  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Which combs are the best at dehairing? on: December 07, 2007 01:44:08 PM
I was gifted a HUGE Bull Buffalo hide back in the spring, and it has been patiently waiting in my freezer to be plucked ever since (wow, I really do procrastinate like the hubby says!).  I was given this hide because it was "slipping", and so of no use to the meat buyer.  (Slipping is when the fur is not in it's "prime" cold weather state, and it tends to not hold in the skin but rather "slip" or easy be pulled out, thus making it useles to someone who wants a fur skin blanket or rug.)

Now I have done some research on the internet, and most sources seem to recommend "mini combs" for dehairing fibers such as Angora Rabbit, Cashmere Goat, and Buffalo.

My question is:  Which combs are the best for this job?  Have you used them?  Are the double row combs more efficient than the single row?

Looking forward to the help,  Fiberwish
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