After Black Sheep Gathering last weekend I now own two fleeces . The time has come to learn how to process them.
I wanted to be able to clearly see what was happening to the wool while I carded it, so I chose three very different colors: red, green and natural. These aren’t colors I would normally combine, but I decided to take a risk in the name of science.
The very worst that could happen would be that I would produce some very fugly yarn . I can live with that.
Once I had my first carder loaded with locks I laid it on my lap and stared at the ceiling tiles above my head. Surely, embedded in the cracks up there I would find information on how to DO this.
After a bit of experimentation, some snarling, and a few minutes spent carefully prying the wool loose with a small screwdriver, I produced my first rolag.
“Not bad, but there must be a better way to do this,” I thought.
So then I did what I should have done in the first place. I asked the internet for help. I found this video, by Sue MacNiven, very useful. In particular, I learned how to unload my carders without resorting to using a screwdriver.
After that, I powered through the rest of my washed Romney locks in short order.
“I should have bought more Romney,” I moaned to myself.
Oh well. The next task is to try spinning them and see how that compares to spinning commercial drum carded batts.
Soon enough, once I get around to cleaning some of my new fleece, I will have more wool to card than I know what to do with.