Having a drum carder around the house really comes in handy!
It’s tough being a crafter. You have all these great ideas that wind up on your living room floor. It winds up getting in everyone’s way and yours too!
I’ve been trying to finish off the projects on my spinning wheels, in my knitting bag and my closet at the same time. It’s a fruitless endeavor, I know. But someone’s got to do it. I think part of me feels really good to clean house and get a fresh start, you know? Besides, how else will I get to fit more fluff for more projects? :)
Remember these locks? Well, when I put them in my closet, I put them in the front so that I wouldn’t forget them. But, they have been hanging out there ever since, looking for me to play with them again for the longest. So, I finally did.
I love making batts! For those that aren’t spinners, a very generalized definition of a batt is the sheet of organized fluff that comes off a drum carder after it has been combed into submission for spinning. In most cases, it doesn’t get every strand parallel. In fact, carding is not really designed to make the fibers parallel. But it does arrange them in such a way where the fibers are better able to slip past each other for easier spinning. It also introduces more air into the preparation so you get a nice, fluffy sheet of yarn to spin with (well, unless it’s greasy, but it’s still spinnable). As you can see, I put a few colors together to see what I would get. I think I’m going to watch that Craftsy video I bought to find out how to card more effectively. But, I’ve been using this carder since Natalie (whom I will adore for the rest of my natural life) sent it home with me and it has been pretty easy to at least get started. Nice!
Now that I’ve got the color fix out of the way…you do remember the other batt I was working on? The first walnut dye on the Bug?
It had been sitting upstairs on my craft table since the last post, actually. I know, I know. The only excuse I can give is it’s really difficult to sustain my attention with a monochromatic spin that is also neutral. I love it when it’s done. It’s just the getting there! Well, I confronted my inner child and put my foot down. And I finally got that spin out of the way a couple days ago. In fact, I was so stern with me, I finished another batt I had started as well. That’s called a twofer. ;)
The second walnut dye had been sitting downstairs waiting to jump on the Joy since the spin-in. It took me a bit to get that organized into something spinnable. Those are rolags on the top (got to practice my hand carding sometime). But underneath that is a nice, bushy batt all ready to go.
So, I had the Joy downstairs and the Bug upstairs, full of singles.
At some point, I got the great idea to combine these two and get both of these monsters of neutrality out of the way once and for all. And this is what I got.
I made what I would consider to be a cabled yarn out of them.
Both yarns were chain plied in one direction and then spun together in the opposite direction.
This yarn is super thick! It’s also heavier than yarns I usually spin. And since it’s made with fiber I got from the mill, I think I’m going to see if Laurel will take it to sell in the gift shop at the mill. I mean, really…I do like the look of it. But, what am I going to do with all that brown? LOL!
So now, the spinning wheels are cleaned. The carders are all cleared up for the next load. The Joy has left the family room. There’s no stray fluff on my craft room floor…today. The craft closet has less fluff guilting me for wanting more.
Now to get to that knitting bag…