I am the proud owner of my very own Drum Carder. I made the trek down to Orillia this morning to pick up a drum carder I found on Kijiji (the Canadian Craigslist). What I picked up was a slightly dirty, but very functional Strauch Petite (note, this what they look like now, not sure what era mine is from, I still need to do more research). It needs a new drive band and a bit of oiling, but other than a bit more scrubbing, I'm going to have a great drum carder that will do exactly what I need it to do, until I can afford a Pat Green Carder of my very own.
I spent a good part of the afternoon carding some batts to spin with. I really prefer a carded fiber preparation because I'm a really "firm" spinner. If I spin my default yarn it can sometimes come out more like rope than like than yarn. So by having a lofty preparation, my yarns come out the way I like them.
The other fiber toy that arrived this week is my "Anything But Lazy Kate". It was my birthday/Christmas present to myself that I ordered on Cyber Monday.
When I bought my Ladybug I also got the Schacht Arched Kate. While I have liked pretty much everything I have ever bought from Schacht, this piece of equipment is awful! The tensioning system is inexact, there are no yarn guides and if you set the Kate so that the yarns are the same distance from the wheel, then they pull strangely. I would have kept my Ashford Competion Lazy Kate (which was great) but the Schacht bobbins are longer than the Ashford ones.
While I haven't used the new Kate yet, I think the acquisition of the carder is going to help me get some yarn onto my wheel and have great need of a Kate. Also, I found out that the OHS (Ontario Hand Spinners) Level 1 Spinning Certificate Course is being offered in Haliburton in August. I'm going to keep my eye on the registrations because I might be interested, but it is so far off I'm not sure if I can commit to it.
So nothing like the acquisition of a few new toys to help inspire me to get back to my wheel.