Yesterday was a lovely day here. Overcast and breezy; not humid. The sun finally did make an appearance, and I should have been paying more attention, because now I have sunburn. (Fortunately it’s breezy again today, and that feels very good on my skin.)
I sat on the balcony, and teased open more fleece and got it in baskets for washing, following Jenny’s method. I trimmed up the pot of mint to encourage bushiness (it’s going to be used in a great recipe for chutney), and admired the geranium. (Yes, I know it’s not a true geranium; it’s a pelargonium.)
I really like this plant. The geraniums I’ve seen in the garden centres in the past few years are in eye-achingly, fully saturated, deep hues. I’ve not seen one with the gentle colouration that this one has. This particular plant came to me from my friend Mary’s mom, Jean. I’ve had it for at least 10 years, I think. It’s lived with me in 5 apartments in 2 cities. Every year I root a few cuttings for friends.
Anyway, back to the fleece. I started thinking about getting a drum carder. Not just because I have 5 pounds of Columbia fleece (and an Icelandic and a Merino) to process, but because one can use it to do some interesting blending jobs. Emma and I were talking about that last weekend, in fact. This started me wondering how one decides which drum carder to buy, given that they’re usually several hundred bucks (unless you luck into a sale). What are the desirable features? And since everything is double-edged sword, what are the drawbacks of those same features?.
So here are the questions, to those of you who own drum carders.
- Why did you buy the one you did?
- What do you use it for: what kinds of fibres do you typically use?
- Do you like it? If you were to buy another, or were to do it over again, would you choose differently?
- Any other advice?
Thank you to everyone who replies.
I think it would be great if a drum carder or 2 came to FibreFest North, especially if they were different makes, so I could make some comparisons.
Oh, and if anyone wants a FibreFest North button for your blog or website, here it is.
You know the gig. Right click on the button and download (upload?) to your computer, by selecting "Save image as..." (or whatever equivalent term your browser/OS uses...); then upload the image file to your blog or webpage and link it to the FibreFest North blog. Like this.
See you next week. I gotta run to get some spinning done for the Tour de Fleece.