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Sunset Drumcarding

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I’ve been playing on the drum carder again!

One of the items I bought at the fiber festival in Greencastle this year was (another) Card It Up kit from Hello Purl.  It had four ounces of a variety of fibers (finn, romney, targhee, angelina, bamboo, faux cashmere, milk fiber, silk noil and silk thrums) in red, oranges and yellow.

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I added to that some red merino, yellow merino, yellow faux cashmere and yellow silk.  I also had some orange angora but totally forgot about it until it was too late.

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Short story is I split the fibers up into three equal piles and carded each pile.  Two passes through the drum carder (my friend’s Fancy Kitten) and painted the fiber directly onto the big drum.  However, this required a blood sacrifice.

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And now I’ll just leave you with a bunch of eye candy photos!

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Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival

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Yesterday I went to Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana.  There weren’t any classes I was interested in so I just went for the shopping.  My friend Heather came with and we met up with our friend Erica who had a booth there.  They had some super cute sheep there and a couple alpaca.

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The day got off to a good start when I found the above drum carder for $50.  I’ve been thinking about getting one like the one I borrow from my friend Patty but hadn’t made the (large) financial commitment.  So I was excited to find this one. No markings on it so it may be homemade.  The carding cloth is fine or extra fine (perfect!) and the teeth are in good condition.  The large drum is small compared to the Fancy Kitty but the licker in is actually larger than the licker in on the Kitty. The size ratio between the big and little drum is just odd.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance this weekend to see how it works.

I did not get a ton of prepped fiber.  The gray bag on the drum carder is some alpaca that is super soft. The colorful set of fibers are from LunabudKnits. The major item on my shopping list was some purple to go along with the class batts from April I recently spun up.  I ended up with two different shades of purple – the bright one is for my blue batt and the darker one is for the orange/purple/gray/yellow batt.  The remaining colors (one ounce each) are just for blending on the drum carder.

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Two more fleeces.  One is an alpaca fleece from an alpaca whose blanket I bought in a prior year.  The alpaca owner has sold most of her herd so I was soooo excited to find one of her’s (and it was on sale).  I also got a small cormo cross fleece.  I have no illusions that cleaning this thing will be a pain.  After talking with the seller I may try the suint method.  She said she’s been using it for all her fleeces and has worked well.

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Everything else was just for fun.  A yarn bowl I found for $15 that will work with larger balls of yarn and a jar of amazing salsa. The seller had samples available and they were pretty amazing. One small thing of lotion to try and then two bars of soap from one of my favorite sellers, Simple Soapworks.  I buy a couple bars anytime they’re at a show for two reasons.  One, the bars have a very saturated scent.  Not overpowering but you can smell their booth from half a building away.  Second, they have a lot of bars with oatmeal in them.  The oatmeal acts as an exfoliant and your skin feels great.

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That’s it! No more fiber festivals til the fall so plenty of time to get these fleeces washed up!

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Playing with the Drum Carder Pt 2

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I talked a couple posts ago about playing on my friend Patty’s Fancy Kitty drum carder. The good news is by the time I got to the second sample it went better.  I enjoy preparing fiber in general and playing just for the sake of playing is especially fun.  As a recap, the drum carder is a Fancy Kitty with a fine or extra fine cloth, I think.

This sample came like the picture below.  Four separate colors in four separate fibers.  The blue is silk noil, the orange faux cashmere, the pink sparkle/angelina/firestar and the BFL purple.  It’s from Spin Culture on Etsy.  Here they are before their trip through the carder.  I did pull and tease them apart a bit first.

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I tried briefly to feed in the fibers normally but as expected the silk got stuck on the licker in (the little drum).  Based on my experience with the prior locks (see part 1) I applied the fiber, silk noil and the other fibers, directly to the big drum.  I also only applied it to half of the drum (width wise).

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After removing the fiber from the drum, I ran it through one more time. The end result was a fluffy, textured batt.  I was happy with how the colors and fibers blended in the end (the picture at the top).

Have you ever tried drum carding? What would you card if you had a carder?

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Playing with the Drum Carder Pt 1

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For a bit of a break from knitting and sweater stress (one sleeve and a bit to go) let’s talk about fiber prepping. Specifically, experimenting with a drum carder.  Part 1 will be about some BFL lamb locks and Part 2 about some silk noil, BFL, faux cashmere and sparkle.

My friend Patty has a sweet drum carder. It’s a Fancy Kitty with a fine or extra fine cloth, I think. At any rate, she was kind enough to let me borrow it for some experimenting.  Previously I’ve used a drum carder to mix colors of but never to mix fibers.

I had a couple PhatFiber samples just begging to be carded. The first are some hand dyed BFL lamb locks from Fiber Fancy (who unfortunately closed down about 9 months ago). Here they are before their trip through the carder.  I did pull and tease them apart a bit first.

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Some of the locks immediately wrapped around the licker in (that’s the little drum).  Also, despite the small sample I had I let the fibers cover the entire width of the larger drum. This made the carded fiber very thin and hard to remove from the drum. Would have been smarter if I had fed it onto only half the drum.

Once I finally got the fiber off the drum, I ran it through one more time. The end result was a fluffy, semi-textured batt.  I was happy with how the colors blended in the end.

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Have you ever tried drum carding? What would you card if you had a carder?

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