Giveaway Winners

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. As of midnight Monday (AEST), there were twenty-six entries. So, without further ado, the lucky number has been drawn … and the winner is Lynn.

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Lynn – I am sending you an email to get your mailing address.

Thanks again to everyone who entered.

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Blog Awards

Sorry about the dalay between posts, i’ve been super busy with work and life.
But I have also been doing quite a bit of spinning and dyeing wool, so I’ll have a few more posts over the next few days.

In the time that I have been absent, I was nominated for one lovely blog award…now being quite new to the blog world i’m not entirely sure what that means or how these things work, but I figure I’ll just follow the instructions.

Here goes..

This award comes with rules.

1.  Thank the person(s) who nominated you
2.  Post the award graphic.
3.  List seven random facts about yourself.
4.  Nominate seven other blogs & let them know that they have been nominated.

Firstly, thanks to Cinn (now Mistine) who nominated me.

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Random Facts:
1. I often wear odd socks.
2. I love to read.
3. (I have 4 bookcases full of books).
4.I  can  weld.
5. I can ride a motorbike.
6. I love the ocean.
7. I enjoy misty early mornings.

Seven Nominated Blogs
1. littleblackdogsa | we blog here
2. barn talk
3. knitting to stay sane
4. for the knit of it
5. empress fibres
6. curls and q | a journey of creativity
7. colour cottage | yarnie, picturemaker, horsenut

It’s almost midnight…way past my bedtime 🙂 … goodnight.

Making your own wool comb – prototype 1

I have been researching wool combs on the net (and apart from seeming really difficult to find) – they also seem to be very expensive (as in $200+ expensive). Now, as a newcomer to spinning, I don’t have that kind of money to go throwing around, especially when I really don’t know what I’m talking about yet 🙂

So, this afternoon after work I decided to have a go at making my own wool comb. Note that this is a prototype – I haven’t been able to try it out yet…

Wool Comb Prototype 1 Finished

Wool Comb Prototype 1 Finished

It’s made out of scrap timber that was lying around – but I plan on making a prototype 2 when I have a little more time and will use a better quality timber that won’t split when drilled.

I used an epoxy glue which will take at least a day to dry properly, so I will post an update when I have had a chance to try them out. Also, i’ll post an update very soon about the results of my wool washing experiments – they were very successful! 🙂

Materials

  • Timber (approx 2 x 8cm and at least 20cm long)
  • Nails (approx 6cm long)
  • Glue/Adhesive

Tools

  • Timber hand saw
  • Right-angle rule
  • Pencil
  • Punch & Hammer (used for marking wood before drilling)
  • Drill with drill bits to match the size of the nails
  • Sandpaper

Method

Preparing the begin working on the combs

Preparing the begin working on the combs

  1. Cut the timber base to size using saw (approx 2x8x10cm)

    Using the timber saw to cut the comb base to size

    Using the timber saw to cut the comb base to size

  2. Mark a line along the top of the 10cm edge (approx 1.5-2cm in from the edge) using your pencil.
  3. Use the punch and hammer to make small indents along this line (spaced about 1cm apart) – this will stop the drill from slipping when you begin to drill holes.
  4. Choose a drill bit that is approx the same size as the diameter as your nails and drill even holes along the line.
  5. Make sure the nails fit into the holes – it should be a snug fit.

    Finished comb not yet glued together

    Finished comb not yet glued together

  6. Using your adhesive, glue the nails into place – follow instructions on glue packet on drying times

    Mixing and applying the epoxy

    Mixing and applying the epoxy

Introduction

Greetings Internet People.

I have always been interested in knitting and various other crafts. However I have never seriously considered the process of turning raw wool fibers into processed yarn. Now that I think about it, it is somewhat strange, considering that I live in a rural area and am surrounded by cows and sheep on a daily basis.

I have a strong belief that it is important to understand how things work and where the everyday things that we use come from. With this in mind, I have decided to invest the time into understanding the process of cleaning, carding, combing, spinning and dying wool.

I will document this  journey on this blog, and possibly include some youtube videos. I hope you enjoy.

xxx