I'll start with my successes! I have finished spinning that gold coloured wool for the guild competition, even if I have changed my mind over the pattern I am going to use, as I don't think there will be enough yarn there. Which leads me to my first question regarding this. How do you work out if you have enough wool to cover a project? How do you determine whether it is DK or Aran weight? How do you determine yardage? And finally, how the heck do you get it into those nice neat balls I see around? I asked at the Guild about equipment, and whether ball-winders were a good buy, and the answer I got was basically they use a broom handle! Fine, but how do you use a broom handle?
Next project... Alpaca wool. I have started to card the alpace fleece I have, and it is very rewarding, to create these bundles of barely discernable softness, but my goodness, it is time consuming! I have some hand carders, and I am thinking it may take me all year just to card it all, let alone spin it and make something!
Just look at all this I have to get through...
So is there a technique to speed up this process, or do I just need to invest in a drum carder? Answers on a postcard please! ;)