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taradactil
Warming Up

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Posted - 11/27/2005 :  7:18:10 PM  Show Profile Send taradactil a Private Message
Hi all,

I'm asking for a set of hand cards for Christmas. Could you give me your preferences on brand, size, style, and TPI? I'm looking for something that would give me the most use with all fibers.

Thank you all so very, very much!
Taradactil

tortadetortuga
New Pal

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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  8:23:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit tortadetortuga's Homepage Send tortadetortuga a Private Message
I have a set of the Ashford student cards and have found them to be very versatile and well-priced.

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pjkite
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  08:44:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
taradactil, it depends on what you like to spin. Student cards are great for wool fibers, but I found them useless for the exotics and very fine wools I like to spin. I finally went to half-size cotton cards - I have small hands and found that the finer mesh worked best on the stuff I prefer.

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AlexH
Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  09:28:22 AM  Show Profile Send AlexH a Private Message
Wool carders have fewer teeth than "cotton" carders. The cotton carders are used for finer fiber, like alpaca. Flickers are much smaller and used to flick out the ends of a lock of wool.

Some carders are curved and some are flat. I like the curved ones, but it's a matter of personal preference.

Sandy
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taradactil
Warming Up

56 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2005 :  8:01:14 PM  Show Profile Send taradactil a Private Message
Thanks so much for the advice!!! This definitely is a learning process ;)

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Andy
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 12/08/2005 :  8:58:39 PM  Show Profile Send Andy a Private Message
The half-size cards would drive me nuts because it would double the carding time! Also the cards I have are the Ashford student cards and I find they noil-up my fine wool and are too rough for fancy stuff. I would really try the cotton cards to be safe.

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taradactil
Warming Up

56 Posts

Posted - 12/16/2005 :  5:03:37 PM  Show Profile Send taradactil a Private Message
Thanks Andy,

I think I might choose the cotton cards after all, since I bought camel down and silk roving and I'd like to blend the two together. Do you have a brand you'd recommend?

Thanks,
Taradactil
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