Hackle away

Not having a drumcarder (yet) I like to blend fiber on my homemade blending hackle. I had that pink merino braid that I wasn’t going to spin myself, so I wanted to see what would happen if I combed it.

And, well, it’s now silky, smooth, spins like butter but still too pink for me, so I think I’m going to have to look for a new owner… if there are no takers I guess it will sit until I run into someone who’d love a very girly homespun present.

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A blending hackle is also great for loosening up fiber that has been compressed in storage or just slightly sticky from dyeing. Newly combed fiber is just a dream to work with, probably my favourite prep. I also use it to blend batts that I want more uniform in colour, because with some of them the layers fall apart if they’ve not been blended properly. Depending on how you load the batt you can get various results. These have been changed quite a bit and will blend even more in spinning (always something to be aware of if you do want to keep a bit of colour separation):

 

Handcarding isn’t my thing at all, although I do have a carding video with instructions that I ought to watch. It’s just so time consuming! (not watching, doing) And some fiber just seems to be better suited for carding somehow, so I guess I need to have ALL the tools. 😉 Right? Right?

Max helping me hand card Gotland fiber for an autumn blend yarn

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Blandekam

Min yndlingsfiber at spinde er nykæmmet uld, det er så superblødt og luftigt, suser bare gennem fingrene uden besvær. Så i håb om at jeg syntes bedre om min rosafarvede merino fra forrige uge, kørte jeg det lige en tur om min hjemmelavede kam.

Jeg er stadig ikke i pink humør, så jeg vil prøve at afsætte det til en som værdsætter det mere – med mindre jeg finder en som ønsker sig en hjemmespundet/-strikket tøsegave!

Jeg har ikke nogen kartemaskine (endnu), og jeg synes simpelthen ikke jeg kan blive gode venner med mine håndkarter sådan til større mængder garn! Det tager jo en evighed, og det bliver let noget værre rod.

Til gengæld kan jeg godt finde på at kæmme et kartet batt som ikke er blandet ret meget, efter et par oplevelser hvor de forskellige lag bare faldt fra hinanden i stedet for at blande sig i spindingen.

Vidste du, at man kan kommentere min blog uden at være wordpress medlem? Bare udfyld navn er nok. Det er så hyggeligt med dialog fremfor monolog!

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    1. Ja, det var selvfølgelig en mulighed. Jeg gider nok ikke køre det gennem kammen igen, men så kunne jeg jo tvinde med en anden farve. 🙂

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