I was mulling this subject over the weekend. The different types of prep, and why I like/hate each one, and what I expect from vendors when I purchase from them. Might get to be a bit rant-y, but let's just see where my ramblings take me.
There are 3 basic types of prep that are easily obtainable: Top/Roving/Sliver (although I don't think any vendors sell real sliver), batts, and rolags. There's also mill-ends, but those are basically top, so that's where I put it. Each type of prep is ready to spin, but some are easier than others (at least, for me.)
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Anyway...to sum up: Roving is good, especially for beginners, batts can be *wonderful* if they're prepared properly, buy my hands-down favorite is spinning handcarded rolags. And it wasn't even *that* rant-y!