Saturday, 17 January 2009

To Card or not to Card...that is the question !

As you know I have been spinning lately and I decided, that I was going to try and do a bit of spinning without doing any carding !...So I thought that I would give it a go straight out of the bag, as collected when sheared.

Believe it or not, although I must admit to the fleece being a little 'Dusty', I spun the fleece with absolutely no problem. I must point out to you at this moment in time that the fleece I was working with was from my lovely Blue/Steel Grey female and she is called Dusty!!.

I hopefully have enough grey spun up now, all I have to do is spin a bobbin of brown, blend them together and I should have enough to complete my Scarf !!.. here's hoping.

So, I have managed to reduce the man hours by not carding and quite frankly, with this particular fleece I don't think that it has mattered at all.

So I have decided that I don't think that it really matters at all, its just up to you, if you card or from this to that, straight off the alpaca, courtesy of my grey girl Dusty.


Lucy said...

I noticed Perry of Alpaca Chatter does this too, as does our neighbour Karin. She never cards and does fine. Being a beginner I do card but am keen to stop!! Lovely yarn jayne.

Debbie said...

I'm going to try and giv it a miss next time then because I hate the carding bit!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

See.....I've started something here, not carding sound too good to be true !!....thanks for the compliment, I am hoping to show you all my finished scarf....sometime....soon !!..Jayne

Perry Wheeler said...

Great to see another convert!

Prepared fleece is a lot cleaner I'll grant but I agree that once you're used to working from raw fleece it's no more difficult. The next challenge though is suri. I'll let you know how I get on with that.

Alpaca Granny said...

Your yarn is beautiful. I sometimes spin without carding to sample the yarn. But I'm very spoiled and enjoy it all put in to roving at the mill. I do not like carding!