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« on: July 30, 2009 09:58:36 PM »

I would like to knit a sweater, but I am unemployed and dirt poor. I have two cakes of unspun pencil roving in the same color, about 500 yds each. That is around the amount I need for the sweater I would like to knit. The pattern calls for bulky weight yarn, which unspun pencil roving kinda is. I know some people knit with it unspun but do you think it will fall apart or not be a good idea? I'm afraid to spin it because lately all I've been producing is DK weight and I don't have anything to ply it with to make it bulky spun. Any suggestions?
The pattern I would like to make is the Ron Weasley sweater in the Charmed Knits book, adult Small.

« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009 02:26:10 AM »

Hi callmeflower9!
I recently knitted a jacket for my son using BFL pencil roving and I was very happy with the result.
But now it pills  Angry
Why don't you spin your roving?
Simply don't draft and treadle very slowly, using the slowest ratio on your wheel.
I did so to knit a pattern calling for Cascade Magnum and the result was very satisfactory.
Hope this may be of some help.

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009 07:48:33 AM »

Yeah, I think I may have to. I may just hold out till I can get another cake in a different color ( I have three, two chocolate and one off white) if I get another off white I can ply them together, I'm just impatient.

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