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May 9, 2012
A New Toy

I seem to be on a roll buying fiber related equipment - keep it rolling....

drumcarder

Louet Junior Carder - I feel like I made the perfect choice (with help from Ginny)

Within minutes of opening the box, I started making a pile of stuff to put through....

Fiber

85 grams of merino, silk, corriedale, qiviut, cashmere, angora, yak, and baby camel (I added more than was in this original picture)

1st batt

I only put it through the drumcarder one time and realized it was perfect exactly like that for a textured yarn. I wanted the color streaks and some lumps and bumps and tweediness and nepps.

1st batt

spun into 173 yards of beautifully textured 2 ply worsted weight yarn

skein

I have lots more yarn pictures, but realize I am probably the only one obsessed with this yarn so I won't bore you :)

Instead I'll overload you with woven scarf pictures .....

woven handspun scarf

handwoven scarf close

Handwoven handspun scarf


Warp:
173 yards (85 grams) of handspun 2 ply worsted weight handspun drumcarded fiber including merino, silk, corriedale, qiviut, cashmere, angora yak and baby camel.
Weft: I skein Elann Baby Cashmere (60% baby alpaca, 30% merino, 10% cashmere - color 1321)
Size: 8" X 64"
Warp and Weft Specifications: 8 dent rigid heddle, 8 epi, 6 ppi, 73 warp ends and 83" warp length. I beat the weft very loosely - sort of just placed it gently to be sure the beautiful handspun warp showed up in the finished scarf.
Finishing: hemstitched ends (3 per stitch) - 2" fringe

Since the baby cashmere is a fingering weight yarn and I used a gentle beat, it just highlights the handspun warp - I love this effect!

The scarf is deliciously soft and warm!

handwoven handspun scarf

My next drumcarding plan is to card enough fiber (mixing and matching stuff I have -- I'm in the gathering phase right now) for a sweater. I will spin it during Tour de Fleece in July - can't wait!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

 

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