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« on: January 01, 2006 10:49:37 AM »

I've just begun spinning and had a few questions about buying roving.

Does anybody have any suggestions for a good place to buy it online?

What's a fair price for standard, no-frills, uber-beginner roving?

If I were to try and buy a fleece from one of the FFA kids at school, what should I look for when I meet the sheep (is it okay to run away/kick it if it ambushes me and/or is covered in poop)?

What should I look for in a roving if I'm buying it in person?
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2006 01:38:52 PM »

Ebay is a good place to look for roving because there's a big variety and a lot of hand dyed one of a kind stuff that's fun. My fav store is The Woolery. They have a good selection of fun stuff.
I know that for a beginner cheap is good, but you also want to buy something nice enough so that you don't get frustrated. I would suggest a Merino or Blue Faced Leichaster (I know that's spelled wrong). I think something around $25 for one pound is on the higher end of decently priced wool. That's getting something really nice that you are going to have fun spinning. And a pound might not seem like a lot, but really once you start spinning (especially if you are using a spindle) it is really a lot of fiber.
I'm not that knowledgable about fleeces but you would want to make sure that there are no breaks in the locks. You don't want there to be a lot of vegetable matter or poop clinging to the fleece cause that makes it harder (not to mention nastier) to clean. And yes, if it starts to attack, kick it! Cheesy
If you are buying roving in person just make sure that it isn't matter together and that there aren't too many colors because if it's overly colorful then when you spin it it will start to look brown.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2006 05:53:28 PM »

ooh http://www.halcyonyarns.com is the best!  i have had such good luck with them.  their merino top goes for 22 bucks a pound. they have consistanly great wool and ship incredibly fast.  also, their customer service people are fantastic.  once you get more practice in, they have all sorts of fibers for you to experiment with.  my thought on buy wool from the farm:  it can be a total pain in the butt to clean.  its alot of work.  i've bought uncleaned wool right form a farm, cleaned wool from a farm, and wool online and i've had my best luck with the online stuff.  but try out a few and find your spinning preference!  good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006 01:29:13 PM »

I have three favs for roving:

The Woolery : www.woolery.com
Woodland Woolworks: www.spinology.com
Carolina Homespun: www.carolinahomespun.com

I'd start out with a medium grade wool, like Blue-face leicester (I think I also spelled it wrong), Corriedale, Cormo, or a Romney mix (I don't recommend pure Romney, it's scratchy).  Shetland's also good, it spins delightfully.

When I bought my first wheel from the Woolery, they sent me 1 lb of Corriedale - which was great to spin.  I highly recommend it.  I think it goes for $17/ lb, too.  One of my LYS's sells medium grade "beast" (it's a blend), for $12/lb and I start most of my students on it.  I'd recommend between $11 - 20/lb.

For fleeces, start out with one that has little to no debris or vegetable matter and has open, wavy locks.  I started out on a high-end Merino fleece with itty-bitty curls, and I still rue the day I chose it.  Oy.  I'd also recommend a breed that produces less lanolin, and doesn't have guard hairs (lincoln and jacobs have 'em, I think).

Roving.  Don't buy dirty or felted roving (don't even ask how I know this  Wink).  It also shouldn't have lumps of wool in it periodically (unless it's a special blend), because they'll probably be second-cuts and mess up your yarn.   If you try and pull a little fiber out of the roving and it doesn't fight you, that's a good sign.  Oh!  And, "top" is basically the same thing as roving (it's combed instead of carded), and is also easy to spin.

Have fun  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2006 10:56:10 AM »

Hey, I was just wondering what everyone's favorite sources were for fiber online Smiley I'm mostly looking for wool, but any place with good pricing, good customer service, or something that's harder to find is great. Also, what places have you tried that you didn't like, and wouldn't recommend to folks?

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2006 04:05:15 PM »

my all time favorite website is http://www.halcyonyarns.com.  they are absolutely fantastic.  their prices are very good and their customer service is so great.  im also a very impatient person, and HATE waiting for mail.  halcyon ships out soooooo quickly.  i've gotten big orders within 3 days from them.  they have so many different kinds of wool, plus a lot of interesting luxery fibers.  ie: angora, cashmere, soy, and bamboo.  they also have a large range of equipment and spinning supplies.  ok, i've gone on for long enough.  in short, i love them and have had great luck with everything i've purchased.  the end.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2006 05:10:23 PM »

I like checking out Etsy.com for hand-painted roving. Generally the prices are good, and you get to see the individual creativity of the artists. I just ordered some roving from a new person today, so I will let ya know her name when I get it. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2006 12:31:28 AM »

For a UK perspective I buy mine from either a couple of sellers on Ebay - not the cheapest but very friendly & http://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk  who are just fantastic!
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2006 10:19:23 PM »

I just ordered a bunch of wool from http://bluegooseglen.home.att.net/. Their prices seem pretty good to me, especially the undyed merino, and the owner got back to me right away when I had a question (they're moving the site over to that address from an older one, I didn't know which to order from at first), and all in all so far everything's going good. I'll let my more experienced spinning buddies go over the roving good and thorough and tell ya if it's good Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2006 10:43:47 PM »

I've bought some off an ebay store called Copper Moose. I got some wool that was called White Columbian, it was relatively cheap. Now if only I could get this spinning wheel thing down  Tongue
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