Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Great Videos on Carding and Spinning

Well, the Olympics might be great for the Wedding Shawl, but it's not so great for my wrists and forearms. I had to stop early last night to rest them. I was starting to get shooting pains in both which is not a good sign for my health and well-being. I did get in 11 rows though. Not bad even though it was frustrating knowing that I had 2 more hours of tv watching to do and couldn't knit through it. It's gotten so that I can't sit down to watch tv without my fingers getting twitchy from not having anything to do. Spinning was out of the question as well since it leads to the same problems. Oh well.

I've gotten to the point where I can card the Shetland Fleece. I don't use proper hand cards for two reasons: 1. I don't have any and 2. They're expensive. I do however, use these. They are the Extra Large size dog combs from Petsmart. They are curved and come with a nifty little come for cleaning them. They are smaller than most cards, but work just fine for making small rolags for spinning. They are also great for flicking your wool as well.

I wanted more detail about hand carding. I've taken a spinning class where I was taught how to do this, but it was a while ago and I've gotten to where I can't remember everything the lady taught me (old age you know.)

While I was hunting for info, I found some great Youtube videos on Handcarding wool and Spinning on a Wheel. They're done by an English lady named Sue Macniven and they pay great attention to detail. She's a great teacher. I wish I had seen some of these when I first got my wheel. I'll list them for you:

Wool Carding with Sue Mcniven
Wool Carding Part Two
Beginning Spinning Part One
Beginning Spinning Part Two

I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.


  1. Anonymous2:05 PM

    Shea, I just found your blog yesterday. WAR EAGLE! I'm in Roswell, and I'm a seasoned knitter but a novice spinner. So, I love your new hackle! And I appreciate the tips about the combs, the YouTube videos today, and just learning from your spinning-related adventures.

    About your Olympics knitting, have you tried knitting for about thirty minutes, then resting for ten or fifteen minutes, then resuming for another thirty minutes, etc.? Perhaps this would give you more knitting time overall.

  2. Hi Beverly! Nice to meet ya. I'm still a novice spinner as well, but I'm learning quickly. I'm glad I could help you with the links and hackle.

    As far as the Olympics knitting, yes, I rested occasionally, but it was still bugging me. I'll be resting more often tonight, I promise!