One of the unique aspects of the wool I provide, in addition to being incredibly soft and bouncy (thanks to our flock of lovely soft shetland sheep) is that I hand process pretty much everything I sell. I think it makes for a nicer experience for the knitter/spinner.
The equipment I use to hand process is starting to show its age, and as I am using the tools of this trade I reflect on the volume of wool that has passed over the guides, cards and hands. I wonder where all that wool is across the world and if it is providing use as a decoration, a source of warmth or some other type of value.
|Every lock is flicked. My flicker tines get a little misaligned over time.|
|Clean dirt build up.|
|That callous on my index finger is from holding locks while they are flicked. I think it could stop a bullet.|
|This guide has a groove worn into it from the yarn passing over it, it still has some use before I'll need to replace it|
|But this guide has just about worn right through. I'm going to keep using it until one day it will just break in two. I wonder what it will feel like when it happens|
|My doffing tool is all crooked|
|I use my paddle cards to pack the wool onto my drum carder like so|
|And one day realized that it was getting grooves worn into the back of it from the tines on the drum carder. This observation is what inspired this post.|