It can be a little challenging to write interesting and engaging posts about handspinning. Spinning is slow and monotonous and I suspect that most of my readers have never tried it.
So, to keep things lively, I went into my fiber stash and picked Karaoke Rainbow!
That’s pretty lively right? Why bother with all the effort to write a thoughtful post when I can just throw eye candy at you.
I tried to track this roving down on the net but couldn’t come up with much. I suspect it’s a discontinued product from Louet. I found it in a dusty corner at Yarnorama, an adorable little shop in Paige, Texas. Here is the label. If anyone has more information (like where one could buy some if they wanted) maybe they’ll let us know in the comments.
Before spinning, I had some prep work to do. I decided to split the roving lengthwise. That will give me two (roughly) equal batches of fiber to spin into singles and then ply together. But, before I ever can do anything so radical as spreading out fiber and playing with it…
… all Feline Overlords and their Cowardly Boy Cat sidekicks have to be locked up!
(If you think about I’m not locking them up at all. I’m really giving them my home while locking myself out on the porch. That’s why I try not to think about it.)
I split the fiber lengthwise while doing my best to keep the two sections even. The goal is to match up sections of color later when plying. The more evenly I can keep the two sections, and the more evenly I spin the singles, the better they will match up.
Then, before I went back inside, I put all the roving into my scientifically engineered, kitty-proof containers. You have no idea how important this is to a successful spinning project in my home.
After all that I actually started spinning.
That’s’ all I have so far. What can I say, I’m a slow spinner.