Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blending camel and bamboo ...

Did I tell you I ordered and received a drum carder - it's a Louet Junior - recently?



Hand carders are fine for carding and blending small amounts of fiber, but I've realized you really need a drum carder when working with a bit more of material.

Although wool is still my favourite fiber, I wanted to try out other ones as well - especially as wool is quite "hot" working with in the heat of the summer days ...

Today I blended camel with bamboo, which is a great soft and lightweight combination of the matt and short-stapled camel and the shiny, long-stapled bamboo fibers, easy to spin in all thicknesses.



As I've spun my yarn quite thin at a higher ratio, it is rather energized - and so I guess I will make a 2-ply out of the single - or maybe ply it with an old, slightly golden thread I found in a thrift store ... we'll see.

(German summary: Ich habe mir endlich eine Trommelkarde gekauft - und bin gerade dabei, eine Mischung aus Kamel- und Bambusfasern zu verspinnen. Die Kombination dieser einmal kurz-, einmal langfaserigen Materialen ist sehr angenehm zu verspinnen und auch optisch recht gelungen.)

7 comments:

paulahewitt said...

well done - a treat for yourself! i imagine camel 'wool' would be a sort of wirey and rough, but i *know* bamboo is soft and silky.

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Hi Paula! Thanks for commenting! This camel fiber is the soft undercoat of the animal, which is real next-to-skin soft and even used for scarves and under-garments!

Frauke-Filz.de said...

Super! Ich habe mir vor 6 Wochen die gleiche gekauft!!! Macht Spaaaß, oder?
Verfilzte Grüße,
Frauke

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Ja, macht wirklich Spaß, Frauke - und ist noch halbwegs handlich!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Oh I do love your fibres, I love the colours in your latest yarn and I can tell it is so soft and lightweight. It will be gorgeous to use

Sending best wishes
Carolyn

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Thank you, Carolyn! Yes, I'm already knitting with it!

Sara Lechner said...

jetzt sehe ich deine kardiermaschine. schaut praktisch aus!