Recently, I’ve been thinking about how it could be possible for people to easily blend fibre, without spending lots of money on carders or other expensive equipment.
So far, the best I have come up with revolves around dog paddle brushes and comb. I found a few from China on ebay for only a few dollars each.
1: Flick open the ends of each lock with a dog brush or comb.
2: Lay the opened locks over the brush (the wider and longer the brush – the better).
3: Pass the brushes over each other a few times to blend the fibres (as you would with proper handcarders).
4: Remove the fibres from the dog brush and roll into a mini fake rolag. (below – fibre before rolling)
Voila. There you have it, a cheap way to blend fibre for spinning.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions of other ways to blend fibre cheaply, I’d love to hear about them.
Ive never been a particularly hard-core sock wearer. I prefer to run around barefoot and rarely wear shoes, unless I’m going out to town or working on the property.
The socks that I do own seem to be very thin with plenty of holes (especially considering the amount of use they get). So I decided to make a pair of my own.
I did some research and found that a blend of down breed wool + mohair works really well together for socks, so I made up a few batts and came up with a blend that I think works really well. I’m using a gorgeous Dorset Down fleece that I bought from a lovely lady in Victoria mixed with 15% mohair and some local alpaca for some extra softness.
A few weeks ago I finished spinning up the yarn and knitted the socks. And I’m loving them. I’m actually wearing socks more than ever 🙂
If anyone is interested, I’m selling the fleeces and handcarded batts in my etsy store.