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 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.
It turned into this little skein. It's only ~ 50 yds, worsted weight yarn, and it sparkles!
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!
I especially didn't like Nancy, the pinkish/yellow one from this combo, so I used her first.
I made my little Rollags:
this is Sid though:
the resulting yarn:
really dark Nancy:
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.
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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