Sunday, April 24, 2011

pencil roving


When I talked to Laurie at the Black Lamb about drop spindle spinning she suggested I start out with merino pencil roving; "it makes it so easy", she insisted. Last night I dug out the bag of roving and gave it a go. Laurie was right, it really does make it easy. The pencil roving is already drawn quite thinly so not a lot of drafting is required. Look, my tension already looks quite even!

The bag of pencil roving I purchased was 225 grams, so if I spin it all - and I'm about 20% of the way through it now - then I should have enough yarn for a project, like fingerless gloves or even mittens. That's my goal. It's undyed though. Do I have to learn how to dye yarn next?

4 comments:

Wanderingcatstudio said...

dyeing yarn is easy! You can even do it with koolaid... though natural gloves would be nice.

Angela said...

Wow, maybe there's hope for me! Pencil roving looks like the way to go.

Delusional Knitter said...

Dyeing is a blast! You'll become addicted to it really quickly! Great job on the spinning.

One pair of Hands said...

Wow! You tackle your spinning with the same zest as you do with your knitting, don't you? That's an impressive looking lot (I don't know the proper word).
Dying is great fun. I've used cooking colours very successfully, using a white vinegar mordant. The colour applied with a paint brush and cooked for a couple of minutes in a microwave. I don't know how permanent the dye is as I've never washed the article but used the yarn in a rug which I gave away.