I recently had reason to try and spin some donated Alpaca fleece. A friend of mine, Margaret Ford, gave me some carders for my birthday which was great – I was able to card all of the fleece. My FIL put the handles onto the
spiky “cards” for me and of course, once that was done they no longer fitted into the cardboard box they are shipped in. He wanted to make a wooden box for them for me so he went ahead and did that. He was part-way through doing that when I then did a workshop with Anne Williams through WAFTA where we learned to spin using a spindle. I explained to Edgar how these could be made from old paintbrush handles so he had a go. Then I found a paintbrush whilst out walking so he made a second one. Fortunately they both fit into the box with the carders – Isn’t that amazing? Serendipity at it’s best 🙂 So now I am fully equipped to clean, card, spin, skein, wind into balls and knit jumpers for the whole family – grin.