from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of separating the fibers of wool and laying them parallel preparatory to spinning, See card and carding.
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The quote refers to herders of Bange County, northern Tibet, who left the grassland to set up a cashmere and yak wool-carding factory in Germu City in neighboring Qinghai Province.
I first heard it on a tape copied from a tape copied from a tape in the early 80s - passed around the rainbow sweater, wool-carding, circle-dancing and spinning wheel set.
_Round 4th_ was, per agreement, a rough and tumble affair, as the spectators were growing impatient; and such "wool-carding" was never before exhibited.
You gave me leave to work in the smithy in my spare time instead of doing the wool-carding.
Simonetta, Ilaria, Nenciozza, Bettina; you too, candid Mariota of Prato; you, flinching little Imola; and you, snuff-taking, wool-carding ancient lady of the omnibus -- scorner of monks, I have kissed your hands, I have at least given our whole commerce frankly to the world; and I know not how any shall say we have been closer acquainted than we should.
I have spoken to Mr. Olrich about your wool-carding machine & he says he will take great pleasure in putting it in complete order, whenever you may send it on.
Hitching the horses beneath a near shed, we roamed about looking how best to descend; until discovering a ladder planted against the face of the precipice, we took to this, and going down it about seventy feet, were landed upon a table-rock exactly on a level with the torrent, and at the very point whence it makes its down leap into a bay of the St. Lawrence, a portion of it being arrested, and turned to the ignoble use of a wool-carding mill, which abuts on the very edge of the cataract.