On her blog, Gwen wrote:
When we first made these combs, I couldn’t handle them. I combed some fiber, but just gave up really. Now, two whole years later, I pick them up again and have very little problem. I definitely believe some things just come in time. You need to gain more experience, confidence, etc. before addressing certain things. It’s always a learning process!
I thought it was a great sentiment, as I have both combs and handcards that I haven’t really gotten the hang of. Her comment sat in the back of my head, and was catalyzed by another post from the lady at Sock Pr0n, talking about a Yarn Harlot post about drumcarding fiber sideways. Comments on both blogs were talking about trying the technique on hand cards and why this wouldn’t work well, etc etc.
The whole discussion was so interesting, that I decided by golly I was going to try to figure out this handcarding thing once and for all! And do you know what? Gwen was right.
Can you spot the difference?
The fiber above is a minibatt that came from my previous attempts at carding. Not very inspiring, is it? It wasn’t difficult to spin with–worsted, that is. I could not get a proper rolag or any sort of long-draw to save my soul.
The fiber below is a perfect, airy rolag. It’s so light I can barely feel it when I am holding it. Can you believe that it’s about 1/3 of the fiber in the top one? I am in love.
Let this be a lesson to future spells of frustration. Sometimes all it takes is a little time.
The guy who always phones in and calls me Katharine (every weekend I’ve worked for two years now) has called me an umptybillion times today and keeps asking for transfers. Several of the numbers have been bad, and I mistransfered him once, and he called me back THREE TIMES while I was trying to leave a message on a lady’s machine with a long message, and when he finally got me, he told me that I had given him the wrong number again, and that “all your transfers have been off in space today, Katharine.”
At least he thinks I’m someone else.
Miss Teensy herself:
And what was with the fridge escapade?
Let’s… just not talk about it.
Pattern: Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf
Yarn: Artyarn Hand Paint Stripe in Farmhouse
Needles: Size 8 Bamboo
I had completely forgotten about this scarf. I had the last half-triangle to do. That’s it! I stalled out on it, put it in a bag, and forgot about it for at least two months. I’m sure the last time I worked on it was well before Thanksgiving. It was a matter of an hour to finish this up. The yarn is so incredibly squishy, made only squishier by the fact that it’s in garter stitch. It’s my second time knitting with this yarn, and this project suited it much better.
I woke up today to a series of thumps. Never a good thing in a house with four animals. When I looked into the kitchen, three sets of eyes were pointedly staring at the fridge. Typical. No you’re not getting fed, you know you… wait, didn’t I say four animals? Crap. So yeah, I spent the first part of my morning in my kitchen, naked, wrestling with a fridge and trying not to squish Meringue.