I like spinning woolen prepped fiber. I've made rolags on my drum carder, but it's not the easiest thing in the world and I have a tendency to poke myself. Also, I have fine cloth on my carder and I started to worry about the chunky add-ins bending the teeth. I meant to look for a blending board at Rhinebeck but all the wool fumes got to me and I completely forgot. When I got home, I did my research and chose a Fancy Kitty Blending Palette with 72 TPI. I got the larger version with a medium density cloth that would be better for making textured rolags, but can handle smooth fiber as well. A lot of the reviews on Ravelry mentioned that the wider boards made rolags that were too wide but that they wished their boards were longer so that they could load more fiber. This board is fairly narrow but long, so it seemed just right.
I couldn't wait to try it out, so I grabbed my Three Waters Farm club Falkland fiber for November and a pack of angelina sparkle. For my first try, I kept the braid colors in order and layered them 3 colors at a time. I used different colors of sparkle on each group of rolags. It took me a little while to get the hang of rolling them properly but because of my previous experience it didn't take too long. Rather than making rolags out of the entire braid and having storage issues, I made just once batch of rolags at a time and then spun them. Doing it this way also gave me a nice break in between carding and spinning.
Thanks to the colder weather and less daylight, it's going to take awhile to get pictures of the finished yarn, but I'm happy with how it turned out.
For my second try, I used some Louet carded shetland and leicester longwool as my main fibers and a batt pack/noils from Hobbledehoy for the color and texture. I'm not even sure of everything that's in there but I believe there was bamboo rayon, silk and cotton noil, mohair, other dyed fleece locks, merino top, sari silk, etc. I ended up with 4.7oz of rolags after using the board only 5 times. The larger board does hold a nice bit of fiber. I was specifically trying not to overload it too much.
I've spun up half my rolags so far and I just love the texture. I'm not really an art yarn kind of person but I can see myself making rolags whenever I need a change-up from dyed top.