Combing My Wool

I read up on how to handle wool, differently than I do with my goat’s mohair. The book told me that the drum carder I use to make batts of fiber to spin is not the best thing for wool. Instead, it said, I should comb it out with these giant sharp fork-like tools.

On the left is a pair of dog brushes that I thought would work until I read the book. The tools are resting on a big bundle of washed wool from one sheep. I have been slowly working through it and making little clouds of combed fiber called “roving”.

This is a tedious process but it gives me some satisfaction to watch the pile of roving grow and the pile of raw wool diminish. I am about 2/3 of the way through it. When my arms get tired from pulling the combs through the wool, I take a break and switch to my spinning wheel. In a few hours I can fill a bobbin with half the wool needed to create about 200 yards of yarn. Two bobbins are then plied together and the resulting yarn is bound up and labeled. One day, I will go out to the dye pots and pick the colors and how much yarn to dye in each.

At the end of the day I go watch TV and knit. It is a good thing for me to have creative projects to give me purpose and goals. In the next post, I will tell you about the weaving phase of my fiber projects.

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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