I recently acquired a flick carder. I have now got a pretty good selection of tools – hand carders, drum carder and mini combs. I bought a Jacob fleece last year and have washed and combed some of it. I looked at again and managed to wash and dry some more locks (which with the summer we’re having so far this year is quite an achievement)!
I am not particularly good at washing fleece, but there were some white locks which managed to survive my processing attempts without turning into a mangled mess. I had planned to comb them to spin a skein for the local spinning show (it will probably be my only entry this year – so many plans that have fallen by the wayside over the last year). Instead, I tried out my new flick carder. I found that bravery and a firm hand was the key to success and ended up with a small bag of fluffy white fibre (and plenty of waste and vegetation).
I am aiming to spin a very fine yarn. Earlier in the year I had worked on fine spinning on my Ladybug, but that is still set up with the bulky flyer for some art yarn experiment I started a while ago, so I went back to basics with my tiny little turkish spindle:
It’s a long time since I used a spindle, but it came back to me. The tiny spindle is great for getting a fine yarn – it just keeps spinning and spinning. I’m not quite sure how I will go about plying from two balls of singles yet, but I’ll worry about that another day!