Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Stills - Potluck

...the next challenge is whatever you find interesting during the week to share with us. :-)

A new toy tool! I got talked into selling my Patrick Green Supercard last month. I didn't use it very often anymore now that we send most of our wool off to Ohio Valley Natural Fibers and I'm glad it's with someone who will put it to better use.

There are just enough occasions though when having a finer clothed carder than my beloved Louet coarse cloth would be nice. I decided the Strauch Petite Carder would fill that spot.



Some of these shots are more educational than interesting...



Stephanie aka Lunabud Knits (a vendor at both the Kentucky Wool Festival and the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival) had been wanting to come out to the farm to meet the sheep. As a Strauch dealer, this was a perfect excuse and she was happy to bring along a Petite for me to try. We pulled out a few Keebler curls as a test.



She fluffed them out and fed them into the mouth of the carder, turning the hand crank so the drums would grab them as they turned.



The fiber transfers from the small knife like small drum onto the larger wire toothed drum. The black brush helps push the fiber down into the teeth.





She then pulled the brushed out fiber off the big drum, divided it up and ran it through one more time. Keebs is always beautiful ;-). That's the fluffy/fuzzy roll in the first picture. The smaller batt is some of Sherman's lamb fleece.

Here's a Mia shot for Ed. There are more meet the sheep shots (and a Renny update) on yesterday's post.



I had never really noticed that Mia's horns were so striped. I'm usually looking at her front view, which is not so distinct. Pretty interesting...and pretty.



Stephanie rides in style with a huge yarn ball on the side of her truck :-).

For more Sunday Stills...

13 comments:

Nancy K. said...

I need to get back to carding! I've got a Frichte's Finest (Stauch) and love it. I bought it because I was blending wool & angora rabbit fiber quite a bit. I no longer have the rabbits but it works fine on my Shetland fleeces. Not quite as nicely as sending them off to a mill, but good enough, considering...

Lovely photos as always.

chloephotography said...

nice photos, i felt like i was standing right there beside you

dibear said...

I enjoyed your pictures this week. What exactly does a carder do? :)

thecrazysheeplady said...

The carder brushes out the wool to get it ready to spin into yarn. Those are Keebler's curls and then him again brushed out and finished up (actually the first picture in the series).

colleen said...

I could spend all day in that little place...heaven

Alice said...

Between the portable electric spinner and the petite carder, you've added to your Effective resolution. Good choices and informative photos ;-)

Linda said...

I wish I'd have known you wanted a carder...I have one sitting in my shed that I haven't used in years. I long the last shot of your spinning wheels.

Shirley said...

I love that curly Keebler wool!

Tiggeriffic said...

I love pumkin's curly wool~! I have found more ways of attaching it to the hats I'm making..So far I have 3 hats made.. This last hat I used an unusual button to fasten the curls to the side of the hat. Those curls are so cool to embellish my hats.. Thanks for sending them to me...
ta ta for now from Iowa....

Brenda said...

that's a lot of work! I'm sure the wool becomes soft. I love the old spinning wheel!

Ed said...

Cool, I miss Mia..:-))

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Great post....lots of interesting photos. That last one is my favorite.

~Lisa

gtyyup said...

Great photos for Sunday Stills or any other day! Action and texture all mixed together.

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