DIY electric carder

Peter and Marina had a Ron Doley carder which they had purchased a while back. They have been thinking of turning it into an electric carder. John, one of our top weavers, liked the idea of this challenge and so he and Peter have been working together for a number of weeks now to try and turn the carder into an electric one. It has required thought, testing, more thought and more testing. It has been a good brain challenge. It is great when you look at people around you setting themselves a puzzle to solve and then using skills and expertise to arrive at a good solution.

This week the carder was finally finished. John (left) and Peter (right) are justifiably proud of this achievement. Sandy, one of the Adelaide Hills spinners and weavers , was more than happy to test the carder and give it a trial run. By the way, doesn’t John look good in the Fair Isle vest Christine knitted? Suits him so well.

Challenges like the carder can be frustrating , at times, along the way but such a thrill when you achieve your goal. Peter and Marina now have an electric carder which runs beautifully off a sewing machine motor.

Below is another example of creative thinking. Katharine Jolda is demonstrating her Cyclocarder. Great way to card and keep fit and a bonus if there is a blackout!

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Show and tell

Such a lovely, sunny day outside but a bit cool inside…not that we noticed. We had so much fibre and colour to feast our eyes on and then all the projects which had been completed or were being completed. Plenty to share and plenty to talk about. Hilary shared the red , felted scarf which she won as a prize at the Victor Harbour spinning group visit. Beautiful work.

Show & Tell

Alexis :a basket full of carder fleece which has been dyed with cold water dyes, 5 carded
rolags pink, pale mauve, lemon & brown with extra colours carded into the fibres

Marina :a sleeveless jacket knitted in mohair with cream flecks plied with white cotton, brown/white.

Jan(1): a child’s hat in aqua with purple stripes with an icord top knot, also 9 colourful skeins of spun wool/silk ready for the Gallery.

Maria: 3 Beanies, 1 in forest greens with a fluffy tassel, 1 cream with fair isle design, 1
cream with vertical brown coloured stripes.

Sheila: a pair of man size mittens in natural brown wool

Jan (3): a pair of mittens in cream alpaca with a very intricate cuff which looks plaited

Cathy :2 lots of dyed English Leicester fleece 1 dyed with green tea & sage, the other dyed with black beans  giving it a brown tone.

John: a beautiful woven scarf in various colours of mauve & pinks with aqua in between finished with a red silk fringe, a woven bag in the process of being put together.

Jan (2): brought in a sample of OPTIM™ which is some white wool fibres which are very soft and looks like silk with a great sheen to it processed by CSIRO. She brought the fact sheet to explain the process they use.

show and tell 23rd September

Colour your life

We are so lucky to be surrounded each week by lovely colours. It has also been our observation that different spinning groups favour different colours. Wonder if it is the location or people? Margaret’s striped socks are cheerful and fun. Hilary’s fingerless gloves are such a riotous pick me up of colour for a dull, wet day. Alexis mixed grey alpaca fleece with merino and got two different wool batts which reflect different colour moods. All these colours make us think. What stripes would you have? Which wool batt do you prefer and if you had to make a pair of gloves in outrageously bold colours, what would you choose? Colour impacts your mood but it engages your brain. Have fun with it.

Revamping old wool

We have all been there. We have bits of roving and slightly felted fleece which we’ve dyed and we want to use it . It can be fully felted and made into something new. It can also be carded and reworked so that it makes a stunning wool batt. You have random colours and so you have a colour challenge and colour surprises all at once. You can always add silk or sparkle to liven it all up if that suits your purposes. It’s a nice challenge, especially for a day when you are stuck indoors because of the weather. Your stash is revitalised and the ideas will come. 🙂