It was like Christmas around here yesterday, when I came home from work and found several packages waiting on my doorstep: merino roving and locks, camel down, the January installment from the Sweet Georgia fiber club (this is Blue Faced Leicester), and some cotton cards.
I did a bit of carding (albeit it very untutored and awkwardly done) and I think I understand now why they had children do it in the olden days! The carded cotton is on the left. I doubt that this is exactly the way it should look--I'm guessing that it would be good for me to look for instructions. But I wanted to give it a try without benefit of documentation, to get a feel for it.