Monday, November 7, 2011


Forever have I contemplated buying a drum carder, one of those wonderful tools that allow processing your wool at home and/or making colorful blends for hand spinning.

By joining our local spinning and weaving guild "Las Aranas" I did not only meet tons of talented and creative folks, but I also have tools like carders available for rent for a very reasonable fee.

Right now this fancy baby is mine.

For four weeks.
I got busy and blended a greenish heathered alpaca-wool roving with more greens, blues, yellow and orange and look at the results.

A supersoft pile of batts, just waiting there for me and my wheel.

Of course I had to give it a go right away, I spun a small sample skein and I am in love!

This wil make about a pound of a variegated soft and airy yarn.
Oh, the possibilities....!


  1. I can tell you are excited! Renting is the way to go! Lovely results and can't wait to see what you will be making with it!
    Enjoy that fine piece of equipment!!
    Cathy G

  2. This all sounds like just too much fun! Sounds like a smart and creative move to join the group. I've never spun, but am very interested in the whole wool to yarn process. Thanks for any sock toe help you may have. I just knit until eight stitches left and then kitchner stitch the end. First, I have followed the tutorials on line a dozen times, but always seem to blow it, and ...... the socks seem to end up with a sort of pointy toe. Many times I've added an extra seem on the inside at the toe on the sewing machine, which has worked well, and they hold up. It's just that I can't figure out why this is such a problem for me. I mean I've knitted 9 pairs of socks and you'd think I'd get it by now!!! Any ideas of something different I could do?

  3. das ist ja eine irre Maschine, die muss ich mir genauer anschauen, beim nächsten Besuch ;-)