i had the delight and fun of hanging out with Andrea again this year as part of my MDSW escapade. she gave me a crash course on drumcarding and set me to play on her Strauch Petite. i made two little batts and spun them up (instant gratification) in a matter of hours while she spun spun spun away on her new handspindle. happy, making, chatting hours in her cozy, kitty-patrolled fiber studio.
i always acquire new skills when we hang out. i got to see some wool-comb usage, which yielded a prep that was deeeliciously smooth to spin. and she had me braving the fleece world. there are two fleeces in this apartment right now... one of them is just a half fleece. beautiful things. the half fleece traveled home with me by plane. in the overhead compartment. a beautiful but smelly border leicester ram fleece. i wonder what my luggage neighbors thought.
dyed locks (lincoln and coopworth i think. is that right, Andrea?) in saturated, circus colors of red, blue, green, yellow along with undyed white were fed to the drumcarder to make two batts; each batt went through the carder three times. all the colors somehow worked together into a 46-gram, chameleon candy of a skein. i was surprised at how fun the drumcarder was; i always thought prepping fiber (even non-obligatorily) would be tedious, but it wasn't at all. thanks, Andrea. :)