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post #11 of 17 Old 06-13-2012, 02:14 AM
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I've wanted to try. I've got a some Cashmere from a Pygora I owned for a while. Never gotten around to it though

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-22-2012, 11:17 AM
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I learned last month with a drop spindle.

It's sort of hard to find a place to practice in my house though since I have five cats and they think it's a game to jump up and grab the yarn while it's spinning.
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Just bumping this quick for an update! (And a question)... I've washed all the fur, and have recently started carding the wolf fur and the sheep's wool with a set of carders the lady I bought my spinning wheel threw in for free. It's going good... But it's taking SO. LONG. I have so much fiber... several big mesh laundry bags full of it. In one night I just barely make a dent in the fur pile! And the spinning is going well on the wheel. Currently I'm spinning an alpaca/silk blend I bought ready to spin, and I'm really getting the hang of it.

Now if anyone is in MN and has a drum carder... I don't suppose you'd be willing to let me use it? :p I don't have time to card all of this. I get bits done, but there is just too much to do by hand and I'm hoping to have some yarn spun for gifts for people soon.
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You did read in the "How to Spin " book about how much patience spinning takes?

I don't have a carder, but if you can track down some sheep, llama, cashmere goats, or alpacas farms in your area, you might be able to score a used carder.
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It's not that i don't have the patience... I just don't have the time! I would sit and card all day, but I've got tons of stuff going on, especially with classes coming up. I will look around though, and see if any farms have one I could use (no way I can afford to buy one now) -I'm in the middle of saint Paul, so it's a long shot, but we'll see!
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post #16 of 17 Old 08-08-2012, 11:19 PM
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It's not that i don't have the patience... I just don't have the time!...
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And that would be why only about 2% of my own alpaca fiber has been done yet.
It is time consuming for sure.
There are quite a few alpaca farms up your way.
Alpaca Nation (google it) is an online alpaca community with a forum, classifieds section, and a breeder search area. You could punch in your zip code and find out who is near you or if you facebook (I don't) you could check their for local alpaca communities or farms.
I mention alpaca farms and networks because some are going out of business and it can be a way to cheaply or quickly find what you need.
You might even be able to post a free "wanted" ad on Alpaca Nation.
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post #17 of 17 Old 09-18-2012, 10:36 PM
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There is a seller on that carries carding cloth. I had to order a piece to refurbish one of my pair of old hand cards. I started with slicker brushes though and they work well. Another option is to wash it, separate the locks and then tease them apart with your fingers and spin from those. I started doing that early on too.
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