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Old 08-01-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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Combed vs Carded
What's the difference between combed and carded fiber?
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:02 PM   #2
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is some icelandic that I prepared both combed and carded:



Lashed on to the double row Viking combs:





And pulled into a slyver


The same roving carded on hand carders:






Carded into a rolag on the left, Carded and pulled into roving on right:




And spun. The slyver spun worsted on the left and rolag spun woolen on the right:

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So does combed spin into heavier weight yarn in the end? Is one better for spindles? I LOVE alpaca wool, is one better for that? Or is it just personal preference?

Thanks for you help!
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in my few months of experience i wouldn't say that combed spins into heavier weight..
it really depends on how much fiber you draft to get the thickness you want.

i think that goes for all fiber preparations.

here is a link from spin off magazine that helped me a bunch to understand the types of prep.

i haven't used much alpaca at all but i hear good things!
i think it does well in all it's preps on spindle and wheel

spinning is surely full of personal prefs! spin what you love!
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Thank you so much for the link... I thought worsted was just a weight... I've just started and now I understand better...
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So how in the world do you pull it through the slyver?
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