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glittergirl94
« on: February 14, 2007 06:51:44 AM »

I have a question, and if this is a no-no I'm really sorry and please delete this.  When I purchased my wheel a while back(used, see Lucky Me post in the Spinning forum) it came with a set of hand carders.  I have no use for them and really don't even know their worth.  I'm considering either selling them in my etsy shop, but have no idea how much to sell them for... or just trading with someone... any suggestions?  Will I be kicking myself entirely later if I do this?  Thanks! 
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007 12:00:28 PM »

Have you tried them out?  I initially thought I'd never need carders, but after spinning for a while and having bits left over and bumps of wool that got a little matted or tangle, they proved to work great for turning all those scraps into interesting yarns.  They also work great for creating color gradients...or getting fiber ready if you ever decide to spin something that doesn't come in roving form.

Anyway, I'd look at the main spinning websites to find out how much they sell them for if you're still interested in selling/finding out how much they're worth.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2007 01:36:15 PM »

I'd keep them  Grin  You may find that in a couple months or even a year or two you'll be inspired to do stuff like blending with them, and then regret selling them since you won't have them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2007 07:41:52 PM »

Ditto. Once the obsession really kicks in.... yeah, you'll be wanting to blend your stash so bad.

And if you get into dyeing too, you'll enjoy having cards to re-fluff. Or to blend, say, some green cotton and green wool. Or any color combination you might be tempted to try, especially when it's fibers that don't take the same types of dye.

Of course, with all that said.... I would really like a set of hand cards!!  Grin  If you are determined you don't want them, please PM me and we can talk about it.

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2007 09:07:31 AM »

This is a little bit off topic, but i was curious about the idea of using hand carders to 're-fluff'.

I've used hand cards to make some rolags out of my dyed roving that had compacted.  But is there a way to just "re-fluff" it and keep it as roving using hand cards?
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2007 09:22:32 AM »

This is a little bit off topic, but i was curious about the idea of using hand carders to 're-fluff'.

I've used hand cards to make some rolags out of my dyed roving that had compacted.  But is there a way to just "re-fluff" it and keep it as roving using hand cards?

Last night, as I was fighting to draft some recently dyed (and now compressed) roving I was wondering the same thing.  I could do the end of the roving but beyond that I ended up with matting.  Suggestions/techniques?
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2007 01:19:03 PM »


I've never actually done it, I just figured it could be done.... I doubt it would be the same style of roving that you started with though.

Pre-drafting might also help.  Sorry to be such a tease!!

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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2007 02:05:39 PM »

Just FYI, most brands go for about $50-60.  But I'd urge you to keep those carders.  After making the investment, I wasn't sure I'd use mine either, but they've been indispensible. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007 05:59:30 PM »

me want hand cards. hmmmmmm....
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