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June 22, 2008


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First, my favorite cards are your favorites too, I think. (and sadly unavailable, too these days, I fear.) I hope your mending fixes it! I love your series here--I have done this process many times. I find that imperfect wool can sometimes still result in very usable textiles in the end, with exactly this kind of loving preparation. I have two sweaters made out of yarns with these kinds of serious flaws-short staple length, neps, etc.. Both sweaters are nearing the 8 year mark. I love wearing them; they haven't died! I must admit that I am now very curious to know the breed you are working with...especially since you mentioned the Save the Sheep project. Not Portland, is it?

Oh, and thanks so much for your b-day wishes for the professor! He appreciates it. :)

Deborah Robson

I think the carders came from Finland in about 1973 or 1974. Possibly via Straw into Gold or Earth Guild. . . .

The breed will be revealed at the end of tomorrow. It could, however, be a story about several breeds (although this one is in unusually critical shape).


DOH! Just saw the "Santa Cruz Sheep" tag on the bottom of your post. Of course. Sorry to be so thickheaded about this one!


I am really enjoying this series of posts. I really appreciate the detailed descriptions and photographs since I have not yet carded. Thank you so much!

Janice n GA

My mouth fell open when I saw your split carder. It has never occurred to me that something like that could happen. If my faithful old Ashford carders (circa 1985 vintage) cracked, I'd probably have a heart attack on the spot.

Kathy B.

This is not a comment to this post, but rather a thank you for your inspiration. Back in 1994 you wrote an article in Threads magazine on seed beading which inspired me to embark on my own craft adventure designing my own amulet bags. This was particularly helpful while "standing guard" during my young daughter's hip surgery -- I beaded throughout her surgery and this was a great comfort. Eventually my eyes could no longer focus on the tiny beads and my beading career was finished. Now almost 15 years later I have found you again while pursuing the art and craft of knitting (just not fine gauge knitting). I recognized your name in some knitting context, found your blog, and decided to write you. I enjoy knitting (which I learned from my mother at age 12, but turned to only after beading deprived me of a portable handicraft) even more than beading and decided to write to tell you that your encouraging, motivating words in Threads so long ago found me two new outlets that brought new friends,new creative adventures and some wonderful means to help me navigate life's ups and downs. So far however you have not led me down the road of spinning. I have enough obsessions so I am resisting that!


Thanks for a most interesting series! Your #2 cards look very much like my Clemes, which i believe are also no longer available.

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