Spinners, where do you get roving from? By the end of this week I’ll be through my 8oz bag of Coopworth from Copper Moose and I’m wondering what to get next. Can I try Merino this time, or should I stick to another sheep? I’ve seen Wensleydale roving but that just makes me think of Wallace and Gromit ("Cracking toast, Gromit!"). I’d like something that’s easy to spin on a spindle, earth tones and autumn colour blends would be great, and not overly expensive.

My second ball of wheel-spun singles is much better than the first. More even, less breaks, fewer vanishingly thin sections and chunky slubs. Figured out how to make a better join, and the thickness is getting more consistent. Still a little hard on the hands after an hour of spinning, but soothing. Cats have neither attacked the wheel, nor tried to eat the roving. Life is good.

Wheel spun and a sock.

One more ball to spin for plying on Saturday and this might be usable yarn. The Louet S10 wheel goes back to the barn this weekend and I will miss it (spinning classes are held in a converted barn, the yarn store is in the upper level of a restored 1880s house, you have to see it if you’re in town). I think I’ve got the hang of the basic principles, I just need to practise. It would be really nice if I had a wheel of my own…

Lest you think knitting has gone by the wayside, I’m almost done with the first sock of Hubby’s second pair, which is my lunchtime project. Hopefully these will be spring socks, finished just in time for summer. This is the last pair of my sock marathon (mother-in-law, father-in-law, mother, and husband), and the thirteenth pair I’ve made.

Yarn Harlot‘s in town tonight!


  1. Roving! Well, I can get it at my LYS so I haven’t used any of the 15+ links I’ve bookmarked yet, and I’m looking forward to more shopping at the upcoming fiber fest in June (I think there’s a good one in Sedalia, closer to home for you). As for what kind, I jumped right in after practicing on a lot of Corriedale (excellent beginner fiber) and tried merino, merino/silk, alpaca, and llama. However, these were all tricky and slippery – a good learning experience, but maybe you want to practice more first. I really want to try some Blue Face Leicester as I’ve heard it’s a dream to spin. Check out the Spindlicity advertisers, and I think Pacific Wool & Fiber also has a nice selection. Have fun!

  2. April the 29th is the day of the American Musica and FIBER ARTS festival at the Daniel Boone Home. Carol Leigh will be there, among other crafters and I think you should be able to find lots of roving! I am also dim and archaic! Stephanie was great!

  3. I love the quality from CopperMoose. As far as materials goes, try silk caps or hankies once. The spiderwebby feeling will get a little old, but it’s truly a different spinning experience. Stay away from plant silks. The soy silk I have is an annoying little bugger and I’m contemplating lighting it on fire. But then it would win, and we can’t have that.

  4. I get my roving EVERYWHERE. Mostly online – we don’t have a fiber shop close by. I really like CopperMoose, I adore HelloYarn and Etsy is GREAT for finding novice dyers who are just awesome. I’ve had some luck with eBay, too.

  5. I have gotten almost all of my roving from various eBay sellers, and haven’t had a bad experience yet.

    Wish it had been practical for me to make the drive to St. Louis (we’re about 150 miles south) to see the Yarn Harlot yesterday.

  6. Hey there Quantum Tea – ain’t that Yarn Harlot grand?! We got to meet her in Early February.. wow! – so now you’re famous!

    BTW, we have a website, and we sell lots and lots of fiber and yarn.. you might want to check it out.. I wouldn’t have commented, but then again, you asked 🙂 (grins)

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