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pugsweater
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Posted - 07/07/2005 :  1:46:55 PM  Show Profile Send pugsweater a Private Message
is it OK to use cotton carder for wool like merino/targhee/cotswold or should i just go with the regular wool carder?
thanx!

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 07/07/2005 :  1:54:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
It might not go through - cotton has very very short staples, so the teeth of a cotton carder don't need to be long. A wool carder would be longer, because of the longer staples it needs to cut through. That's not to say it won't work, but it is to say there's a reason they are separate tools!

Give it a try and see what you think. You won't damage things if you're gentle (the tools or the wool)

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pugsweater
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Posted - 07/07/2005 :  3:08:39 PM  Show Profile Send pugsweater a Private Message
i tot the only diff is that the cotton carder has finer teeth! thanx, as always :)

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lella
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Posted - 07/08/2005 :  09:55:02 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message
no no no.. it's really different.. heehee..
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pugsweater
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Posted - 08/05/2005 :  09:45:52 AM  Show Profile Send pugsweater a Private Message
hand cards come with different densities of teeth....coarse, medium, fine (in general).....

while it is not recommended to card fine wool with coarse/medium carder, what is the result of using fine teeth carder with not-so-fine fiber?

what kind of teeth density do you think is appropriate for cotswold? i have a 112 strauch. my rolags are coming out as a mass of fiber, not looking like rolags at all. maybe i just need more practice, but tot i'll run this through here...

thanx.

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pjkite
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Posted - 08/05/2005 :  10:32:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
I have one set of cotton cards. I prefer combing or flicking wool (which explains three sets of combs), but do occasionally card, usually to blend a small amount of fiber. It's never mattered whether I was blending cotton and silk, silk and fine wool, fine wool and kid mohair, medium wool and mohair, or even carding some Lincoln I picked up somewhere with some Wensleydale. These cards have worked fine for my purposes. So give it a try, pugsknits! At worst you're out a few minutes of time.

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