Thursday, September 06, 2012

Hand carders!

Earlier this year I bought myself some Clemens cotton hand carders. I choose these for the fine teeth, even though I will only be using it with wool. I'm not interested in spinning cotton at the moment. I'm having so much FUN! I originally thought it would be tedious, and I might not like it, always having a drum carder in the back of my mind, but I was wrong! Besides, drum carders cost more than a spinning wheel, at least the one I would buy.

Clemens Cotton curved hand carders with Sid & Nancy fiber
(Clemens curved cotton hand carders with FCK Sid & Nancy fiber club fiber.)

I love working with these. It doesn't take as long as I though it would, and I like spinning my little Rollags much more than I like the big batts. With these I also had to learn how to spin woolen, modified long draw, compared to my normal short forward draw with the commercial prepared tops I'm using. It's nice to know both now, and the resulting yarn is quite different. It's more bouncy, and fluffy, has more "air" in it. I am loving this so much.
This was one of my first handcarded finished yarn. I used a gifted batt from Shelby of Spinning Awesome Good, which was just over one ounce.
SAG fiber batt, gift from Shelby
It turned into this little skein. It's only ~ 50 yds, worsted weight yarn, and it sparkles!

SAG-mystery batt-1.2oz-gift from Shelby-hand carded by me-semi woolen spun-50yds 

Next was some FatCatKnits fiber club fiber, from the famous couples, here is Sid & Nancy. Normally I love FatCatKnits fiber, but these two were not my favorites. So I didn't feel so bad using them to practice hand carding, which was a lot of fun. I know you get it, it's fun alright!

FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy- Polwarth

I especially didn't like Nancy, the pinkish/yellow one from this combo, so I used her first.
I made my little Rollags:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Nancy)-1.2oz-Polwarth-hand carded rolags

this is Sid though:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Sid)-1.2oz-Polwarth-hand carded rolags

the resulting yarn:
darker Nancy:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Nancy)-1.2oz-Polwarth-hand carded, chain plied-53yds-4

lighter Nancy:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Nancy)-2.6oz-Polwarth-hand carded, chain plied-100yds-1

really dark Nancy:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Nancy)-1.2oz-Polwarth-hand carded, chain plied-55yds-1

and Sid:
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy (this is Sid)-1.2oz-Polwarth-hand carded, chain plied-50yds-1

Here they are all together: I chain plied them all. It's enough for a hat for sure. Hand carding does muddle up the colors, but I love the heathered look of them. Close up you'll find so many shades it's a joy to look for them. The yarn itself is a little bumpy, and uneven, and I can't get it thin yet. It's always around worsted weight, but that's O.K. for now.
FCKFiber Club Famous Couples Spring 2012-March-Sid & Nancy-Polwarth-hand carded, chain plied-3 (2)

I still have a lot of Sid fiber left over, since I only did about one ounce.
That's it for now. I've got more hand carded yarn to show, but I don't want to overload your brains! ;o)

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11 comments:

Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth said...

What beautiful yarn! I particularly love woollen-spun yarn - it's so bouncy and full of air.

Karen S, Lykkefanten said...

So interesting how different it turns out after carding.
Is it hard to hand card? I've wanted to get a fine pair for quite some time, but haven't gotten round to it.

Kim D. said...


I for one have never been interested in spinning, but what fun watching all of this turn into beautiful yarn! I admire what you do with all of this wool! Beautiful, simply beautiful! :))

Chery said...

Overload me. I love looking at your yarns. Your pictures are the best. Missed you on your break, glad you are back.

Bobbie said...

I really like Sid! But the way all the colors blend is so lovely and soft looking!

Beverly said...

It's great to see an example. I always like to see what you have spun and how you use it in projects.

Sharon V said...

I've had hand card era on my wish list forever, but I didn't think the cotton carders would work on wool. Your yarn is beautiful, so thanks for teaching me something new.

Knitting Needle Sizes said...

Spinning is an effective technique of twisting together to form yarns. Many techniques are also used. It is a very effective way to relieve stress.

dillpickle said...

I began my first foray into spinning last Friday, using a drop spindle. I need some serious practice - so far I'm getting do to worsted weight singles! I love the look of the hand carded yarn. The blended colour gives it lovely depth. Right now I'm working with basic white tops, but once I get a little more skilled I'm looking forward to working with colour. one day...!

Anna

2paw said...

Well that is very amazing. Fancy being able to create such different colours!!!

Walden said...

Beautiful experiments!