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Spinning Around

Filed under: Spinning — folkcat at 12:27 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2006

As often as not these days, my Knitting Around night at Panera turns out to be a Spinning Around night.

Tonight, I want to try out one of my new CD spindles, so I spread out some of my roving stash on my unmade bed to pick something to work with.

Pile of Roving
Look at the Roving, Not the Bed

There’s a lot to choose from. Some colors attract me more than others.

I did pick up these two balls of Cotswold that I bought at NH Sheep & Wool 2005, but had a disappointment when I looked them over…

Felted Cotswold
Cotswold, in Two Colors

They’re rather felted. The ropes will unwind from the balls, but the fibers won’t pull apart. And this has happened just from sitting in my stash for a year and a half. A roving stash that really hasn’t been moved or stirred around much. So where did they get sufficient rubbing to felt?

I think I bought these from a vendor that was selling fibers for spinning, not specifically felting. And I’m pretty sure they weren’t this matted at the time, but I couldn’t swear to it. I, of course, was buying for felting, and was so new to the concept of roving that I may not have checked how loose the fibers were at all.

I guess these two balls will be moving over to the needlefelting portion of the stash. Darn shame. I like the colors. They’re a bit darker in person than the photo shows, the one on the left being a nice deep magenta, on the right a dark salmon.

I really should do something with the needlefelting stash. I’ve got a large number of needles, a multi-needle tool (a hand-turned one, not the cheapie Clover), and a small supply of feltable roving. Oh, and two books as well. Anyone interested? I can’t give it away, I’ll have to have money for it (the multi-needle tool alone cost around $25). But if there’s serious interest, I’ll bet something could be worked out.

What will I pick tonight?

Really not sure yet. I’ll show you soon!



Comment by Jess

August 31, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

Nice collection of fiber – too bad those two balls felted :o(


Comment by Karen in Wichita

August 31, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

Well, in theory wool felts with heat, humidity, and pressure/agitation, but hey, needlefelting gets by with just the last, ain’t no reason balls of roving can’t sneak in with maybe the first two, especially if they’re wound tightly enough.

Maybe if it was re-carded it would turn out not to be so heavily felted?

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