So I have this lovely brown CVM fleece that is washed and flick carding was begun. I was flick carding with my hand cards and knew it wasn’t ideal, but I just wanted to know if I’d enjoy the process. I did enjoy the process, but the tools were cumbersome. At the festival, I picked up a flick carder, since I had just purchased another fleece. The proper tools for the job make a big difference.
I’d been contemplating getting a drum carder. I enjoy spinning from batts, and figured it would be faster than handcarding an entire fleece, but the prices I found online felt a bit out of my price range. Then, at the festival, I came upon a guy hand making them and selling them for very cheap. I originally picked up his card in order to purchase later, but then got in a panic about the fleece, and decided to procure one right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t take debit cards and I didn’t bring my checkbook. He then told me I could just take one and he’d trust me to send the check. Who does that? Only in the midwest, I swear! I was very uncomfortable with this, as I didn’t want him to lose sleep over the concern of me sending a check. Fortunately my friend Tina was there and she did bring her checkbook, and since she was looking for a drum carder too, she just wrote him a check to cover both of them.
I now officially have the tools to do the job. And once I got started, I couldn’t stop! I spent an entire day on fleece processing yesterday, and this is what I have to show for it!
Over 12 oz of ready to spin wool thus far!
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Wow! Great score at the fiber festival! Is it a Fancy Kitty carder?
Nope, he is out of Iowa. I’ll have to get home and find his card to know for sure. It does look like he is using some similar parts though. Prices slightly less. I may not stick with this carder forever, but it is a good one to start with I think, especially with my current backlog of fleece!
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