There’s nothing like 5 big bags full of deliciously fluffy roving (that’s unspun, processed fiber) to get a girl spinning again. I started slow, since it’s been almost over a month (!) since I have done any spinning.
We have a ton of black roving from Brittany, so I just sat down with 2 pounds of it on the floor next to me, turned on a DVD and did a marathon spinning session. No thinking, no designing of elaborate master pieces, just spinning. One can never have too much black yarn, was my logic.
Spinning from mill processed roving is, happily, not very different from spinning from our hand or drum carded roving. I don’t have to stop to join new fiber to work with, since the entire 30 ounces are all part of one long tube of roving, so I guess that’s convenient. I haven’t found a single nib or tangle yet, though I think that may be different for the other alpacas’ fiber. There’s no visible dust as I work with it, and I’ve only found two little pieces of grass after 4 hours of spinning. Oddly, it still leaves my hands black. Some of that dust must just be too deeply embedded to get out, no matter how you process it.