Some people like to work with wool that is still in the grease, or only washed in cold water, so that all the lanolin is still in it. This is too much lanolin in my opinion, so I wash my wool in hot water and use lots of soap (ask for directions if you want to wash your wool this way). I have never had a problem carding wool washed in hot water with soap, but occasionally you may find a wool that is too static-y or just seems to be difficult to card, as though it is grabbing the cards, rather than sliding (of course, wool with too much lanolin has the same symptom, only in that case, the lanolin has become tacky from age, and is sticking to the card). If you think your wool is lacking moisture or lanolin, you can “lubricate” it. Mix a little olive oil or hair conditioner in water and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray a little on the wool, and let it sit in a warm place, in the sun, for example, for a while before you card it. Only spray as much wool as you are going to work with at one sitting, and I recommend spinning it within a short time, as well, while the “lubrication” is still at it’s peak.
If you simply cannot master the carding motions I walked you through earlier, here is another way to card. It often seems easier when you are learning, but I find the extra motions slow me down. I find the first method more efficient. But I’ll let you choose.
Here is the “Primitive” carding method: