1. viking combs - medieval & primitive, even scary - yes; effective & cheap to diy - most definitely
2. drum carder - slightly more complicated and expensive to make, but a diy DC can be less than 1/3 of the commercially bought versions, probably a little crude, but likely just as effective as long as I do #3 above a lot.
Ok, it's a short list. There are other tools that I'll probably need...but right now that's what I'm shooting for. Also, I'm going to be getting a flyer very, very soon, as in within two weeks or less. And a 20" bicycle wheel, and a few other things. Do you know what that means? If you picked C. motherfucking spinning wheel, you won! I can -finally- build that thing and maybe start using it! (after I teach myself, because I really have no idea how to actually spin using a wheel. I get it in theory but just have to get to that practice bit).
Second: As a kid I pretty much hated kool aid (unless it was rasberry lemonade or cherry), however, what it lacks as a beverage it more than makes up for as a cheap, effective, and fucking amazing method for dying rovings and yarn. I almost want to throw that whole god damn fleece I just bought - and haven't finished washing - into a pot of grape or black cherry right now. Just to see what happens.
I -need- to be doing this (and anthropology) 8-9 hours a day, every day, forever.
In anthropological news: I'm defending April 13th, and I'm kind of nervous. I want My People to come, for sure, but I'm afraid they'll hate me afterward. They probably won't. They're nice. I think they kind of like me a little. But, you know, I've kind of been studying them like animals, and what if they don't like the things I say? I've tried sending out my previous papers several times to everybody I can wrangle an email address out of, but I've RARELY gotten any feedback. So...we'll see.