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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2009 06:19:44 PM »

I just bought some of this stuff to practice on as I JUST got my drop spindle kit and am terrified of ruining my roving that came with it (I don't have a whole lot of money to waste on practicing...so I want it to COUNT when I use it). However, now I am torn. I know obviously I've just started so my stuff is going to be far from perfect. Still, I am having LOTS of trouble drafting and can't tell if it's because a) the roving sucks or b) I'm new and haven't gotten the hang of it yet.

I would like it if the roving just sucked...because I want to try on the Corridale that came with my kit but again, I don't want to waste it. Anybody have any more advice on the Joann stuff (which is by Clover)?
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2009 06:01:13 AM »

I've never used the roving from Joanns (nor ever saw it except from the url you posted).  My impression of the roving is it was meant to be used more with felting than spinning.  Yes, you can probably spin with it, but as you are finding out, it doesn't draft too well.  (and at the price of that roving, $13 for 2 oz!!!  Yikes that's high!)

Tell you what I would do.  Take a small piece of the Joann roving, holding your hands at least 6" apart, draft it until it separates.  Now with one hand at the end, place your other hand 5" apart and draft until it separates.  What you want to be looking for is the length of the staple (length of singer fiber).  If this length is less than 4", put it aside and work with the Corrie.

Actually, I'd probably put the felting roving away and work with the Corrie anyway, as Corriedale is my favorite of favorite fibers.

Tear the Corrie roving in about 12" lengths, now split it into 3 or 4 sections lengthwise, then split each of those again.  Draft those sections.

I think you'll have an easier time with it.  Don't worry about 'wasting' it.  First spun yarns .... :sigh: ... if you knew how much longer it takes me & how much concentrate I put in to spin a yarn that is fat and thin and slubby and over/under twisted .....

And what ever you do, DON'T discard your first hand spuns!
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2009 08:38:38 AM »

Yeah, I'm just going to go ahead and work with the Corrie and pre-draft it instead of trying to do it as I go along. I think that'll be better for me starting out.

I think I did manage to do a whole pack of the .7oz Joann stuff last night, after the disasterous attempt on the first pack...I set the twist last night so I'm going to try to work with it today and see how it is! It seems okay so far...I had a bit of trouble joining ends but other than that it seems strong enough.

Shan't be working with it again, though. Unless for some strange reason I just feel like it, heh.
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2009 08:52:34 AM »

If you like the color of the Joann's, why not go for a real 'artsy' yarn and tuck itty bitty pieces of it here and there throughout your Corrie.  I really looks cool!
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2009 09:01:04 AM »

I was thinking about that! I'm definitely going to try it at some point.
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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2009 05:05:39 PM »

I know this thread was last commented in last month but I'm throwing my two cents in anyway.  Grin

I just started spinning this past week and I've gone through everything I got from STS.  Roll Eyes I had gone out and bought a bag of the different colored rovings from Hobby Lobby and everything I did with the first few bits of it was horrible. Then I got out the wool that I'd been sent and it was totally different. I'm having better luck now with the cheap Hobby Lobby stuff just by practicing with the better quality wool. Last night I was able to get a fairly even yarn when I couldn't a few nights before. It's pretty scratchy but it would be neat felted.

This is a ball of the blue wool that came in the Hobby Lobby package.



I called Joann's because I'm waiting for my sheep shed studio order to come in and I'm having to ration what wool I have left until it gets here. I asked the girl if they carried wool for spinning, not just felting. She took forever to come back and said, "Well someone told me yes and someone told me no, so I don't know." I told her, "I'm driving from 20 minutes away and I don't think I'm going to come unless you know for sure. So she came back and said yes they did. I knew that they wouldn't but I went anyway. Those packages were .7 ounces for $3.99. I decided that I would be better off fiending than to spend it. BUT I thought it looked like you could probably spin it if you didn't mind spending an arm and a leg out of sheer convenience. Little bits of it mixed in with the good stuff would be cool for color.
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2009 04:04:19 AM »

Those little bags are all that I've been spinning since I made my spindle. I checked Michael's, JoAnn's, and Hobby Lobby. Nothing for spinning. I will say that the yarn I've made from this stuff is undesirable, but I'm also sure that the roving isn't totally to blame for that Tongue

Anyone know what the roving is? All the bag says on it is 'wool'. I'm curious.
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2009 05:59:59 PM »

The wool in those packages is probably mixed from so many sources they can't keep track. I have gotten packages that drafted more smoothly than the Romney I've been working with, and packages that drafted like they were already felted. I bought them with 40% off coupons (and one package on clearance marked down 60%!) so the price wasn't that outrageous to me, and it was worth it to see if I could work with the wool after discovering that I'm allergic to raw wool and certain commercial wool dyes and treatments. I even knitted a pair of socks from that wool, and while it is more scratchy than the Romney, it's still pretty comfy and I've even washed them in the machine with only mild fulling.

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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2009 03:36:55 AM »

I also tried spinning with the packages of multi colored craft store wool back when I started on my drop spindle. For me, it was horrible, and I of course later discovered it was meant to be used with needle felting. I ended up putting mine aside and using it when i got my hand carders to make my first kind of 'weird' yarn.

This whole thread has reminded me how AWESOME it would be if craft stores sold spinning fiber. Droooooooll. Heck, I'd be happy if any of my three LYS's did. I shouldn't complain. I'm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I feel blessed to have three!
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2009 04:58:52 PM »

We should start writing to the craft stores about it. If they realize they've got a market for it, maybe they'll start stocking the good stuff.
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