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« on: October 14, 2008 11:00:18 AM »

Has anyone tried this besides me?? I am a brand new spinner and was needing a roving fix before some that I ordered came in the mail. So...I went to Joann and bought some of the little bags of roving they had and tried to spin it. I dont know if Im doing something wrong or what, but this stuff is so fuzzy, its almost like frizzy hair!!! I just got fed up and quit because this stuff wasnt looking anything like yarn. On top of that it was a bit pricey, $4 for 1.4 oz. Anyone else??
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008 03:50:16 PM »

just a quick comment, the joanns where i am living at, they had a small bag of roving into balls and things, and it said felting roving or something and it said to buy it somewhere else or maybe i read it wrong and it said the place it was also selling at, anyways. i also bought something similar to the felting wool online when i bought my spindolyn and tried it, it was pretty frizzy and dry like, compared to the other wool i have now. most of the time felting wool is  abit fuzzier so it can  felt better, but thats just me. hope you find your answer!
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2008 11:21:34 AM »

the joann roving is meant for needle felting. i think it is on the low-quality end and wouldn't be good for spinning. i think it has pretty short fibers, too. so if you're new, it's especially frustrating. good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008 03:38:58 PM »

Well, it sounds like at least it wasnt my poor spinning! lol! I took the other pouch of it back today. It didnt say for felting but I'll bet that was the case. Thanks everyone Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2008 09:21:55 PM »

I did not buy it at Joann's, but I bought a package of felting roving in 6 colors at Hobby Lobby, and it sounds like similar stuff.  I needed fiber because I had an unexpected plane ride the week after my first spinning class, where I got my awesome, but heavy, drop spindle, and that was all I could find on such short notice.  It was pretty fuzzy, but I didn't have a lot of basis for comparison, so I didn't really notice, I guess.  It spun up into a nice, heavy patchwork type yarn, and I'm going to make mittens for my daughter.  It isn't high quality roving.  Nothing like I've used since.  But it did make a good, sturdy, colorful and warm yarn.  I wouldn't want to spin it on my wheel though.  It was definitely too fuzzy for that, or I'm not coordinated enough yet on the wheel.  But it did well on the drop spindle.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008 03:47:44 AM »

I bet it would be fine mixed with some good wool  to make an interesting colorway - add in an overdye of something (say the colors you got were strong reds, blues and purple and you went over it with a pale pink after it's plied)
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009 12:02:51 PM »

Felting wool can be from some of the meat sheep, and the wool isn't really great for spinning.  I did take some of my felting wool and mix little blobs of it in with some lemon lime koolaid wool I had dyed for spinning.  I intentionally left little chunks and bits.  I plied it with a plain green strand.  The yarn was so funky looking, and made the cutest little fingerless gloves.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009 02:10:54 PM »

hey!!  wait a minute!! Smiley  I love spinning the wool from traditional meat breeds.  The staple is a bit shorter, but it usually felts less and is wonderful for stocks & mittens!!!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009 07:56:56 PM »

Maybe I am wrong about the meat breads, I just read it somewhere, lol.  My aunt has a bunch of babydoll sheep (Southdown) and felting with it was nearly impossibe if you wanted a firm felted item like I did.  I can't imagine spinning with it either because the fiber though very soft, is really short. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009 07:01:45 AM »

The down breeds (usually meat breeds) have shorter staples that are very soft.  You need a bit more twist in the shorter stapled fibers to hold the yarn together (think cotton & flax), but they make wonderful yarns!
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