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Date:May 22nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Not ranty at all!! I like that yarn you spun from the less-than-great batts, but I can see how it might be trouble to have a lot of fiber types that were not well mixed. I like streaky/stripey singles yarn, but that seems a bit much when it gets difficult to spin.

When I'm doing yarn that I want to stripe, I make sure to split the roving in half lengthwise a couple times, then each half widthwise and roll the pieces randomly from there and mix them up in the basket so that I'm sure they're randomized. I don't see why you couldn't split the whole roving right down the middle (maybe 4 times?) and then roll each segment with the same end out. You'll keep all your stripes in the same sequence that way and when they get Navajo plied, each sock should (sort of) match.

I got a handpainted roving once from a (supposedly) reputable person, and even as a rookie spinner, I thought they were exceedingly hard to spin. Now that I've dyed my own stuff, I realize the wool she sent me was felted. And that it was dyed with Kool-Aid and not rinsed well! It stained my spindle, my fingers, and the needles and hands of the girl I gave it to while she was knitting it! I had to tell her how to reset the dye so that her neck didn't turn pink from the scarf!

Now, questions! Can you recommend
#1: A source for mill ends.
#2: A source for natural silvery grey roving? Or maybe even locks or a fleece? I need some heathery grey wool for some experiments I've been mulling over.
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Date:May 22nd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Mary Pratt of Elihu Farms in upstate NY has some fabulous silver/grey fleeces. Romney and RomneyX. I just bought a fleece from her at the NH show which went straight (well it would have been straight if I hadn't been dodging puddles) to the Zeilinger's van for processing.

I've got another grey fleece of hers in my stash, all processed and that. How much were you looking for? (and are you in easy shipping distance?)
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Date:May 22nd, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in Fort Worth, Texas. How's that for shipping distance? I only need about a pound right now, until I see how my color experiments work out.

Email me: redmelde @ gmail* com... We can do money or trade or whatever.

Do you know of any super soft grey wool? I'm still learning about wool types. Romney is a little scratchy for me to wear, so I like to work with Falkland and Corriedale and Merino mostly. Romney is awesome and spins FAST, but I know I couldn't wear it for a hat or scarf or anything like that... Mittens, maybe! I do love mittens!
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Date:May 22nd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Mill ends: The sheep shed studio has Brown Sheep Mill Ends at $6/pound. Carol Lee is fast, and nice, and the rovings are good, but....like I said, not the most consistent fiber. Still - *$6* per pound can't be beat!

Mary Pratt has really nice stuff, so does Rose at Red Barn Farm (BL - I *love* her BL!) I think her website is www.redbarnfarm.net, but I could be wrong. She's on eBay as Red Barn Farm, if that helps. The Woolery sometimes has raw fleeces; Woodland Woolworks has some grey rovings listed in their latest catalog.

I do like how the green yarn turned out, but I won't use it - too much "bad vibes" from my feelings as I was spinning it. *g* There's 97 yards there - it'd make a nice hat, I think, but neither of my kids do green.
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Date:May 23rd, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I saw those Brown Sheep Mill ends! For some reason I balked at the shipping costs... I see now that I was being foolish. Out of superstition, I predraft like a crazy person, so I should be okay with less than perfect fiber. Once my "business" money recovers from being cleaned out by the drum carder, I think I'll be snapping up some black and some brown and some grey rovings.

Green is very hot right now. You might inform them of that.
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