My Ipex bra saved my boob.
Yeah, Happy Monday. Are you awake yet? I’m going to be like the US News and tell you more about the boob later. But you might get the idea of what happened as we go along. It’s a story about “safety”.
This is a gorgeous Polwarth fleece. Grey Polwarth. Washed and dried and ready to do something with. I combed a chunk of it but I just didn’t get the fiber that I wanted. I was pretty sure I didn’t want a combed fiber but I persisted to prove it to myself anyway. What I wanted was this:
Light fluffy puffy gorgeous grey clouds.
It’s an easy process to boot. Easy with a flicker or a Pat Green picker:
Sheep fleece almost always have little ends that need to be split up before carding. If you’re going to comb, you don’t usually need to do anymore than load your combs. Of course, part of processing a fleece is getting a good fleece. If you get a fleece that is felty or full of VM then it’s going to take more time and be a bigger pain to get it prepped. Take the time to get something worth using. This article will help if you haven’t picked out a fleece before.
Back to the little ends. You can flick them, pick them apart by hand, or use the picker before carding. With the picker, I’m not even going to card. I’m going to spin right from the puffy fluffy clouds. Sometimes you need to do more than one picker pass if you’re feeding too much in at a time or if the fleece is a little tricky. It’s also a great way to blend colors. I’m going to do some of that later this week and I’ll take some photos of how that works.
I will separate my fleece out into small chunks that aren’t too much for the picker. And will slowly feed them into the picker, under the safety bar:
and it’s picked up by this swinging top arm
that grabs and drags it across the bottom row of teeth
You can see there how it pulls the fleece apart and how it makes it all fluffy. It works like magic. The fiber goes in the front and fluffs out the back. If you check out this photo
You can see the fluff out the back. It just fairly flies out the back. It’s a lovely site to watch.
If you have more questions about picking, just comment or email and I’ll post about them another time. It’s early Monday am and I’m sure I missed something important.
You’ve waited long enough, now to the boob part.
Did you notice the little yellow label on the picker? This one:
And those sharp points….Did you notice those?
So here I was swinging that arm and trying to take photos and wham! It grabs into my tshirt and bra. I squeaked and pulled free. I have 3 little holes in my bra now from that picker. So I’d like to add to that warning…Don’t try to take your own photos while operating the picker. This might seem like an obvious thing to most people but, um, well…..there are those of us that need to learn the hard way.