Also, I kind of hate the word blog. Can we just all collectively agree that it's an ugly word? Like blergh or cyborg or blech. Okay, two of those things aren't actually words, but you see my point?
Anyhow, I have been doing lots of really lovely yarn-related endeavours lately.
(I know that my non-spinning friends who read my blog out of courtesy are still shaking their heads that there is even a place called "Spinning Daily." There is, and they are huge. I swear I am not the only person crazy enough to do this. There are many of us and you have to be nice to us because we will be clothing you after the zombie apocalypse, and you don't want to look silly, now, do you? And also, just, handmade things for Christmas and birthdays, so there.)
I had my eye on a drum-carder, and but it was pretty far out of my budget, so I was resigned to the slow process of of hand-carding. (If my fairy godmother out there needs a link for the drumcarder I really, really want, it's here... Just btw.)
But then, a fibre-related miracle happened. A used drum-carder came up for sale on Used Victoria, which is pretty rare. So I hustled on over there and snapped it up.
In fact, it looks like a weird torture chamber for fibre, and admittedly, this is not the most elegant one I've seen. The leather drive band is a bit dried out, there is a bobby pin instead of a cotter pin in spots, and the butterfly clamps are a little rusty. (Also it's rustic and homemade, which I kind of love about it.)
But seriously, fairy godmother, I could card much more fibre even faster with a slick, new, extra-wide Ashford carder. Just saying.
(Don't tell my current carder that I was asking, though. I don't want it to break in a machine-envy jealousy fit. Because machines do that.)