I rushed home after my first job today to snap some pics of these!
Sigh. Aren’t they just beautiful?
These are mini-wool combs that I got from woolcombs.com, a Canadian-based, husband and wife team run by Susan and Andrew Forsyth. Mini-wool combs can be used to make top to spin. I saw Judith MacKenzie McCuin do this on a video with some larger wool combs, and I really wanted to try it!! So, one day, I googled wool combs and up popped the link. It was fortuitous!
Okay, the top two pics were the only ones I had time to take between jobs. And I wanted to play some with them. So, I took the set to work with me. My second job. And, yes, I attempted to use them. And it actually worked out. I had plans to show you the fiber all nice and neat when it was completed. Instead, I have a tip for you: Do not carry a freshly combed, light and fluffy nest of wool on top of your hand to your parked car on a windy day. Don’t ask me what I was thinking, lol.
I also got the clamp that goes with the mini-combs so that one of the combs would have the ability to behave like a hackle. You can use the combs without it. But it’s a nice addition. All of it is compact and can travel pretty easily, just like I like it!
Ever since I thought about ordering these combs, I have been watching Susan Forsyth’s videos too so that I would know what to do when they got here. Well, with spinning, knowing in your head and knowing in your hands are usually two separate knowings.
This is the “lashing on” where the wool is lashed on to the stationary comb.
After you lash on, you begin using the combs to transfer the wool that is on the stationary comb to the comb that is performing the action. Yes, those are locks of wool with tips. I could’ve and probably should have carded it first….and spritzed it with water. But I was too giddy to stop what I was doing!
Just above there is after I had made about three or four passes. It was time to diz it off.
This part is magical to me! The diz that came with this set was the bottom of a milk carton with a hole in it. It worked. And out of the tuft of fiber that was left on the stationary comb came this.
It was SO long!! Now, I think I have to work on my technique because although the fiber is supposed to look light and airy, I don’t know if it’s supposed to look that light and airy!
I wrapped it up into a nest for easy spinning.
Can you tell why it should not be on top of your hand on the way to your car on a windy day? LOL!
I spun some on one of my Enid Ashcroft spindles.
This fiber in itself carried a learning curve for me. I had to keep my hands farther apart than usual as the staple length was longer than what I was used to working with. But it turned out fine.
Only have two more of these to go!