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« on: January 03, 2010 06:26:59 PM »

So my wonderful husband got me a special drop spindle for Christmas, too bad it's currently being held hostage by the USPS, I should have it by next week tho.  Anyways, I was lucky enough, while visiting the in-laws to get to go to Wildfibers, in Santa Monica,  I have to say what a special shop, so much yummy yarn goodness and so little time and funds hehe.  I bought 5 yards of roving in 2 different colors for spinning on my new spindle.  But after seeing everything in ounces on here and on Etsy, I'm not sure what the difference is. 

Could someone tell me if there is any difference, would 1 yrd = 1 ounce of roving?
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 07:35:37 PM »

Congratulations on beginning your spinning adventures! Good luck with your spindle!

Your roving COULD be 1oz=1 yard, but unfortunately, you won't be able to tell for sure without a scale. (or a phone call to the store?) To be honest with you, this is the first time I have ever heard of a store selling by length and not by weight, that's very unusual. Roving comes in many different thicknesses (just like yarn) and therefore the weight will vary; for instance "pencil roving" is very thin and ready to spin with little or no drafting, but normal roving usually needs to be split one or more times.

If you don't have a postal or food scale at home, I recommend sneaking it to the grocery store and weighing it in the veggie section.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 09:07:46 PM »

I was expecting a question about calculating oz by yard of spun fiber and not roving (to do that, you need a McMorran (sp?) balance.

Like Natasha, I've never heard of someone selling roving by the yard.  Contact Wildfibers to get clarification!
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 09:28:40 PM »

Thanks ladies!  I live 6 hrs away, I could always email, yaaay technology  Grin.  Considering this is my first adventure in spinning lol, I'll just chalk it up and spin it, yarn is yarn after all. 

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010 06:35:32 AM »

I find people who DON'T spin measure in yards. I've seen roving used for felting and some other crafting (doll hair, doll stuffing) sold by the yard.
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