Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pretty Wool Roving for Spinning

Earlier this spring we sent several clipped fleeces from our pretty Finn sheep to the wool mill to be processed into roving for spinning. I'm so happy that it came today! I immediately dug into one large bag of light-colored wool and put in on the spindle to see how it feels. It is lovely.

I usually process the wool myself, but it is such a lot of work! Now I have enough roving already prepared that I can spin enough yarn to make a sweater I hope. That has been a goal for some time - to make sweater from hand-spun yarn with wool from our own sheep. Perhaps someday I'll get fast enough at washing and combing that I can make a sweater completely "from scratch" so to speak.

We have plenty and enough to sell. I'm working hard right now to prepare to be a vendor at the spring Fiber Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum near Santa Fe. The museum shows life as it might have been in the colonial period on the Camino Real - the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. It is a fascinating place. You can read about a visit we made to the museum a few years ago in this post. The festival is on June 4th and 5th.

After the festival is over, I hope to get back to my more normal routine and continue working on the hope chest. Thanks for your patience.


  1. This is really so rare these days - a sweater from scratch :)) Well done and I look forward to see pictures from Santa Fe Festival!

  2. Just beautiful! what a special thing, to know that the wool is from your own sheep!

  3. Your roving is beautiful, as is your spun and plied yarn. I taught myself spindle spinning and I find it to be relaxing. I do have a spinning wheel, but spindles are more portable.

  4. Thanks ladies! I like the spindle best, really. I do use the wheel, but it is faster and there is more to do at the same time, so it isn't as relaxing to me as the spindle. Maybe I just haven't found the right wheel...


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