Romney Jackpot

I went to a craft show with my grandmother and two of my sisters. Guess what I had my eyes peeled for? Jewelry! No, I’m kidding. (Although there was some pretty stuff there.) I was looking for spinning fibers and I sure found them. There was literally only one place that had roving: Au Gres Sheep Factory. My sister stopped to look at some felted Christmas stockings hanging up outside the stall. I kept walking because I wasn’t all that interested, but on the other side of the stall I spotted two full fleeces. (Tibetian fleeces, actually. Very pretty, but one would have cost as much as my wheel.) I hurried back to the front of the stall and peered in. Two wonderful baskets sat on the floor filled with bags of wool. One basket had dyed roving in it, the other had natural.

Craft Show Purchases

Craft Show Purchases


Here is what I came away with. The big, natural-colored ball at the top is being saved for possible dyeing, if I ever get to learn how to dye. I’m not sure whether I should go ahead and spin it, then dye the yarn, or if I should save it in its current state for dyeing. Decisions, decisions. The trials of life. Anyway, I got four ounces of a cream, light teal, gray-brown varigated, four ounces of a pink, orange, yellow varigated that reminded me of sherbet, and a whole pound of the natural gray. The total cost? $36. Personally, I think that’s rather good. (If anyone knows differently, please feel free to burst my bubble at your own convenience. I’d like to know for future buying expeditions.)

I didn’t get a picture of the pink varigated in roving form, because I had it spun before I could think about photos. It’s another three ply, light worsted weight. That seems to be my favorite for yarn. Maybe I should branch out into worsted or sock weight. Although sock weight is a bit scary. The thinner the singles get, the harder it is for me to keep everything even. I really enjoyed spinning this yarn. The wool (a Romney mix) drafted a little harder than the Corriedale, and the singles had an almost waxy feel to them. It made a nice “cooshy” yarn. Not soft, but squishy. And as for color changes, it stayed pretty much the same. Although, it started out looking like sherbet, then it transformed into cotton candy when I pre-drafted it, and now it reminds me of yogurt.

Pink Varigated

Pink Varigated

The lighter varigated ball required a little more decision making. I ended up spinning it on my second drop spindle, which my dad and grandpa had just finished making for me. It’s bigger than my first one, and therefore heavier. I’m currently spinning a nice, thick single on it.

Varigated Single

Varigated Single

(Bottom whorl—whorl referring to the big disc shape on the center pole. If the disc is close to the bottom, it’s a bottom whorl, which is best used for thicker yarns. If the whorl is on the high part of the stick, it’s a top whorl, best used for thinner yarns because it spins faster.) I’d like to do a two ply, which should end up pretty close to worsted weight, but I’ll have to come up with some sort of a lazy kate to hold the two spools of singles so I can ply them together. Maybe I can find a couple of sisters with nothing to do . . . But, come to think of it, I’m spinning the whole four ounces into one long single. And I really don’t want to unreel it all, find the middle, cut it, and wind it up again. I’ll have to think about that one.

One Response to Romney Jackpot
  1. Nimelen
    September 13, 2008 | 1:33 am

    *drools* The pink is gorgeous!

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