May. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:44 pm
|Date:||May 23rd, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)|| |
I've done a lot of carding recently and I've been wanting to hear your opinion on the repetitive carding of silk (i.e. more than once). Most sites, when speaking of carding silk, recommend only carding in the silk once. While I can understand that, and it makes a beautiful batt, what bothers me is the fact that it isn't really "blended", it's still separate even though it's together with the other fibers.
I've spun a lot of silk/wool blends (my own and others) with the silk only carded once, and end up spinning or plying the yarns tightly (not overplied, but almost to that point) in order to get a yarn that I thought would work for a project. The single carding seems (to me at least) to be a matter of a slightly more (or hugely more, depending on the vendor I bought from!) nubby yarn that I prefer spinning.
I'll run it thru at least twice, to get it blended. My carder has a fur drum though, so YMMV. *g*
I prefer stuff to be well-blended, as opposed to just....mixed up. Some people don't like it that way...but I do. It makes for a smoother yarn - and I tend to spin extra-fine, so the "nubbies" really really show up.
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