Carding







During the first world war people were encouraged to knit for the country! How dapper do those men look! Public knit brigades were held where they say the sound of clicking needles could be heard for miles. Men, women and children were called upon to help the men at war by providing dry socks to prevent trench foot as well as 'helmets' which kept soldiers heads warm.

As wonderful as it would be to have such a large knitting group today I'll have to stick to my work craft group. Today I carded, that's what everyone does in their lunch break right? This is some amazing marino borderlester (we think) my dad snagged me from our farm.  I always ask for a whole fleece but I never seem to get one. Who knows. But what i did manage to get is this super soft, fine wool that he grabbed off the top of a bale when I nagged him. I washed it in hot water and dish soap several times to get the lanolin (sheep grease to repel water) out of the fibers then stored it in a pillow case until I had time to card. Carding basically separates the fibers to make it fluffy and makes them all run the same direction so its easier to spin. I'm on the look out for a second hand wheel to make spinning faster because using a drop spindle is slow tedious work and i have to concentrate so cant do it in front of the TV which is my favorite place to work.

I was also watching Norway's slowtv: back to back challenge. Basically they had 7 knitters/spinners who tried to knit a sweater. They were timmed from when the fleece was shorn to when it could be worn. Great watching if you have a spare few hours. The previous record was held by Australia, yay for us, at just over 4hrs. After watching this attempt I'm pritty much amazed that we did it in 4hrs!



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