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I have the beautiful fleece off of my BFL lamb, 4" of pearly, pretty ecru. I'd really like to make top, carding this stuff feels almost sacrilegious. I'd like to spin it into some pretty worsted yarn.

I have found many and more DIY's for combs and hackles, but DH wonders if I shouldn't just buy them. I'd hate to spend $120++ for combs if I could make passable ones (and upgrade next year) for $20 and a couple hours.

As far as a hackle goes, is it useful enough to warrant having as part of a newbie kit? Buy or make? Is it actually feasible to consider de-hairing a (goat, alpaca, etc) fleece myself?

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Definite yes on getting or making a hackle. I think they are as valuable as a drum carder.
As far as dyi, ??? They are just wood and nails. I prefer the manufactured.
I think the manufactured ones have better quality nails. I like the starter ones the Woolery carries.

Like all fiber tools, its a matter of choice, and preference.
 

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Check on the DIY forum on Ravelry
 
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