(If I'd stuck with the sock, this blog would have a decidedly different tone.)
After reading Monika's blog, I ordered some hand cards and they arrived today. (I love a mailman with boxes!) I figured today was a good day to learn something new. She made it seem so easy, I figured it would be a nice break from counting.
So I dug up the nasty fiber that came from a sheep (I think) that I purchased last year at Rhinebeck. I rinsed the fiber several times, but it was still greasy and had lots of veggie matter.
This fiber might be merino because the staple is pretty short, about 2 inches:
Since I am exactly and precisely in the dark about carding, I went to YouTube and found a few videos. Watching them made me a carding genius - NOT! If you have cards and you'd seen me card this fiber, you would never, ever, ever lend me your cards. True story.
After about 30 minutes of raking, scraping, jerking and swearing, I got three sticky, tacky rolags:
In the spirit of continuing to procrastinate, I spun them up 'right quick':
I was so surprised to see those three little rolags go so far! OMG! I did better than I thought and I still have a whole bag of fiber left. Maybe now I won't be afraid to spin the pound of raw Shetland I purchased last year from The Woolery.
Now that I'm in a good mood, I think I'll get back to my sock.