sarahbird spins

(and does other stuff, too)

New Roving! August 20, 2007

Filed under: roving,spinning — sarahbird @ 6:08 pm

Wow, I haven’t actually written a real post in a while! I’ve been super busy packing up all my stuff and moving back to school. But now I’m all moved in and settled and I actually have fiber-related stuff to show you! Over the past few days I dyed a bunch of fiber so I would have stuff to spin at school, including a whole pound of the superwash merino mill ends, which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of. I really like the way the colors came out, but I’m worried about spinning it, since it’s just a big pile of wool and I’ve never spun from anything but prepared roving. I’m sure I’ll be able to spin it, I’m just afraid it will be such a hassle that I’ll end up giving up. Too bad I don’t have carders.

I also dyed about 5 ounces of mill end roving from Sheep Shed Studio. I used every color of dye I have, the same way I did for the Everlasting Gobstopper yarn, but this time I mixed them stronger, so the colors came out really vibrant and gorgeous. I think it’s my favorite roving I’ve dyed so far.


I also dyed 8 ounces of merino roving that I got for a really good price from an etsy seller. Oh. My. Goodness. This stuff is so soft it’s unbelievable. I mean, the regular mill ends I get are soft, but this stuff is just unreal. And the roving is so light and airy – not compacted the way mill ends are. I can tell it’s going to be really easy to draft, and just really fantastic to spin. I’m saving it for a treat once I get through all the superwash stuff.

I meant for this one to come out a little more pastel, but I still like it.


I can’t decide if this one reminds me more of roses or watermelon.


I’m excited to get working on all of these. I’m spinning up some pink roving I dyed a while ago, and it’s pretty, but spinnng roving that’s all the same color is just so boring to me. These multi-color ones will be much more fun.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!


2 Responses to “New Roving!”

  1. yarnzombie Says:

    That middle merino one looks so poofy! I just want to stick my face in it. 🙂

  2. sarahbird Says:

    It is! It’s so soft and squishy and gorgeous. I’m definitely going to be ordering more merino once I’m finished with this!

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