Blending Fibre: for cheats

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.

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2: Lay the opened locks over the brush (the wider and longer the brush – the better).

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3: Pass the brushes over each other a few times to blend the fibres (as you would with proper handcarders).

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4: Remove the fibres from the dog brush and roll into a mini fake rolag. (below – fibre before rolling)

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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.

Cheers
Krissie ♡

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Special Socks

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.
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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.

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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.

🙂 Krissie.