A little hand carding

Slowly I’ve been processing some fiber in preparation for spinning.  Earlier this spring I purchased some unwashed Merino locks from Janet at  Catawampus Farms and under the guidance of some friends washed and dried them.

Although at the time I was CONVINCED I had felted them in the washing process, Susan reminded me I’ve got enough experience with fiber to relax and let them dry.  LOL  She was right, I didn’t felt them and they dried just fine.

Now I’m starting the hand carding process with them and some dyed Soy Silk that I purchased at SAFF last October:

With the end result of this stage being some really pretty blending in the rolags:

They aren’t perfect rolags by far, but they’ll work for my purposes.

Lessons learned in the process so far:

1.  Washing locks isn’t that scary and I enjoy the process.

2.  Have patience while they dry.

3.  12 oz of Merino and 4 oz of Soy Silk is a LOT of hand carding.

4.  I really want a drum carder as I’m the impatient/instant gratification type; but hand carding has it’s own calming soothing rewards too!

Growing

They’re still growing (which is a good thing!)

This morning I decided to take my Iphone out and take a few pics at their eye level instead of mine.  So I stuck the phone (with it’s protective case) down to deck level in the coop and started snapping pics.  I ended up with a few that show the curiosity they are exhibiting:

This is a typical “good morning” pose when I first open the coop door:

Then we get to the “what do you have for me” look:

Followed by the “run away it’s strange” for the turquoise Iphone case:

And ending up with (on the left side) the “I’ll get it” up close inspection:

At which point I decided to pull the phone out of the case so it wouldn’t get damaged.  LOL

 

Gotta love their curiosity!