My wonderful guild-mate, Cathe, lent me her combs for the week and I got right to work! How could I resist? It’s been a long road to combs, though. When I first started spinning and took up fiber prep, I thought “combs? those aren’t for me.” Hand cards and even drum carders seemed more user friendly. So, I acquired some used cards and Spencer and Steve built a drum carder.
I have come to realize that what I like to spin (right now) is mostly worsted yarn–not the weight, but the spinning prep and style. And so, carding is not the ideal fiber prep. I’ve tried semi-woolen from my batts and prepared roving, but, still, my go-to yarn is worsted until I raise my woolen skill-level (oh, and I will!) This is where the combs come in–worsted spinning is best with worsted prep, i.e. combed top. Thanks to Cathe, I have been able to test out this new-to-me prep. And, my oh my, is it empowering. Here’s a wee pictorial essay of the evening. I’m spinning up the Corriedale puffs now for a 3-ply sample . . . more on that later 🙂
A big THANK YOU to Cathe! 🙂