Tremendous exciting news! Look what I found at the Thrift Store today!!
This was another case of "No, I don't really need to go. I'll just go home. But there's probably something really good there, and if I don't stop, I'll miss it." So I stopped. And I got this Clemes and Clemes drumcarder for the staggering sum of $10.00! It had a lot of dirty fiber still in it, but it was pretty easy to clean. You can see the pile of old wool I stripped off it in the background. I can't believe how lucky I've been at the thrift store recently. First the alpaca fleeces in June, now this.
Here is my very first batt to come off my very own drumcarder. This is the Rambouillet x Cormo fleece.
This carder isn't ideal for the fine wools I like to work with, and it's a little small (the drums are only 4" wide), but it will do until I can afford the carder I really want. Yay me! Now I can get to work on those fleeces.
I've still been crocheting, and am working on a motif table runner, using this pattern for inspiration. I'm making a bunch of motifs, and will design some sort of filler motif to join them all together. I only have three so far, but will ultimately have 15, I think, in three rows of five. Each motif takes about an hour to make. I'm using #30 thread and a #12 hook, and each motif comes out about 4" in diameter after blocking.