My New Favorite Thing

So, for the last Fiber Factor challenge I bought some hand cards so I could blend wool. My girl at the yarn store suggested running some coarser wool through the cards first to season them, so I did. Of course, if I was going to be carding up one of my braids, you can bet I was going to spin it up too.

This was the coarsest braid I had:

It’s a Pandia’s Jewels braid, I got at Round Rock last fall. And this is the beautiful spinning I got out of it.

As I’m writing this post I realize I’m not sure what kind of yardage I got. It’s so much closer to balanced than the yarns I usually spin that I didn’t ball and then re-skein it after washing it to get it straightened out. I think pre-washing it was in the high 200 yards. Close to 300, but I don’t think I’ve cracked that yet in 4oz of 3ply.

I’m so delighted with how great this came out. I love how the carding went – not only did it make it crazy easy to spin, but it also muted and blended the colors in the coolest way. The carders were expensive, but I’ll be using them for the rest of my spinning life, and that’s going to be a good long time.

One Comment

  1. Alicia October 10, 2013 12:25 pm Reply

    Lovely! I have hand cards but haven’t quite got the hang of using them yet. I want to blend some fine merino and an alpaca/quiviut mix together but am afraid I’ll ruin the fibers with my clumsy carding.

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