Pixie Lock Picker

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Pixie Lock Picker
Pixie Lock Picker

What is a Pixie Lock Picker?  You may have seen it featured in Ply Magazine.  The Pixie Lock Picker is a tool which helps to easily open locks while you are prepping fiber.  When I prep fiber for combing, I always open the tips of the locks before combing.  This is a must for long wool locks and lamb locks.

I use to use a flick carder but I have replaced my flick carder with the Pixie Lock Picker.  My flick carder works good but the Pixie Lock makes opening up the tips so much quicker!    In the photo below, I have photographed the locks prior to flicking (top) and after (bottom).  I only flicked open the tips.

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Locks before (top) and after (bottom) flicking with the Pixie Lock Picker

The Pixie Lock Picker fastens on my wrist.   It is easy to pull the lock tips through the tines to quickly open them up.

Lock picker

The Lock Picker has an adjustable velcro closure so it can connect to something other than your wrist.  I regularly attach mine to the side of my drum carder so I can quickly flick locks while carding.

The craftsmanship on this tool is top notch.  The wood is red cedar and the tines are rust proof stainless steel.  The Pixie Lock Picker is available online from Two Twisted.  The shop also makes combs, niddy noddies, and other beautifully handcrafted fiber art tools.

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The velcro is adjustable.  I have mine adjusted to a very small size because my wrists are skinny!  😉

Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts

Art Roving Hackle

It’s HERE!  My much anticipated Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts is here.  I have been wanting one of these hackles for quite some time now.  It is a breeze to use.  I have been having lots of fun combining fleeces and fibers and coming up with some awesome rovings.

Roving

The above roving is a blend of Cormo, Coopworth Lamb, Wensleydale lamb, Silk, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.

There was very little waste after I dized off the roving.

The diz I used is one I recently purchased from Seven Yaks on Etsy.  It has several diz hole sizes to choose from.

Handspun Singles

Look for some Cormo blended rovings in my Etsy and online farm shop soon!

Shop Update- Locks and Top!

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New Stuff in the Shop!

There are some new locks (Wensleydale, Kid Mohair, Coopworth Lamb, Shetland) and top in the shop!  Most of the stuff has been stocked in my online farm shop, but I have also listed a few things on my Etsy.  I have not used Etsy much at all (only once about a year ago) and I decided to stock it also.  I do stock different items in each shop.  So be sure to check both of them if you are looking for more of a certain item.  Each shop will also feature one-of-a-kind items too.  I will combine shipping for purchases made in both shops at the same time.  My online farm shop will continue to be the main shop with the majority of stock.

New Stuff Coming Soon!

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Angelina Sparkle in Wisteria

Over the next few days, I will be adding some new stuff to the shop.  I will now be stocking Angelina sparkle.  Angelina is a super soft polyester fiber.  It can easily be added to batts during carding or spun into fluff as you are spinning.

I also have some more dyed Cormo locks and some farm wool batts.  I hope to have all this stuff added to the shop by this weekend!

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