WIP Wednesday... and a lot of new fiber.

My order from the Sheep Shed Studio came in today! (First of all, WOW is that ever fast shipping, I ordered it on Thursday and it came all the way from Wyoming... thanks Priority Mail!)

The first thing when I opened the box was this roving. It's a little "sample", about 1 oz of fibre. I've heard that Carol always includes a little "gift" with orders. Looking at the website, it looks like a mill end from the "Blacks" category.

I love the texture of it. It's a little coarse, and the fibers have a slight crimp to them. They tend to stick together rather than pulling apart easily. It will probably need a little pre-drafting before I spin it.

Now for the real treat...

That's two whole pounds of white roving, exploding out of that teeny little box. It came sealed up in a bag, so I didn't have to worry about damaging the fiber as I cut the box open. It must have been vacuum-packed, because it sprung to life immediately when I opened the box. Luckily I'm working with this right away and won't have to worry about packing it back in!

The roving is soft, cloudlike, and luxurious. I've read that sometimes the Sheep Shed rovings have a little bit of pink-tinted mohair in them, but this lot doesn't appear to have any. Whether you get some or not is all luck of the draw, a nice surprise in my opinion. I picked a few fibers out and they appear to be mostly uncrimped, with an average staple length between 1 and 3 inches.

So what's all this for?

A scarf. I nidding one.


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Crafty Girly said...

Isn't their stuff great?! I just dyed and spun some of the superwash Merino and it's like a dream It's spins up real easy, takes the dye like a man who's been in the desert way too long, and spins up with no issues whatsoever. I haven't knit it up yet but I'm thinking a new pair of socks are in order.

March 27, 2008 at 12:09 AM

mipuravida said...

I hate to admit this, but I think I actually nidded a scarf very similiar to that one in a past life, er, I mean three years ago.

May 1, 2008 at 4:23 PM

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