the usual…

more spinning survey.  most of us have spun…

BFL is the wool that started this crazy survey. i had some farm wool roving which i HATED! i think whoever processed it didn’t know what they were doing with longer wools. so i posed the questions ;) and you all answered!


most of us have spun BFL and most of us liked it! more people have spun commercial top BFL than roving or farm wool.

one person remarked:
“have spun from the lock, farm roving and commercial top. I don’t think there is any benefit to using the combed top versus the farm roving. The locks are long enough that minimal processing is still a smooth, easy spin.”

most of us have spun merino. i have a complete love/hate relationship with this fiber.  most of you, however, liked it quite a bit.

long draw merino

on the whole commercial top is our most frequent spin, but at least one spinner said they like roving better because it gives them more control.  another mentioned that top makes nice worsted wools and one person noted that superwash was a bit too slippy for their liking.

and the peanut gallery says: “i’ve tried loose locks and top. loose locks are good for adding texture, but i usually use them for felting. i don’t enjoy spinning merino, although it is the perfect fiber for spinning an intentionally thick and thin yarn. for an even spin, i like to go for a finer yarn with merino…the bulkier the pillier. (is that a word?)”

for sue

For the most part, we thought Corriedale was a nice easy spin.

There’s lots of corriedale farm wool/fleeces floating around out there… i think because corries are often raised for food, the producers don’t raise for fiber. my corridale lady i buy from at maryland sheep and wool confirmed this.

strawberry oatmeal

which explains why someone had this to say, “Yes and all corrie is not the same. I haven’t tried any farm prep, but even rovings are not created equal.”

indeed, when i got in touch with some local corriedale farms, they didn’t even know what roving was!!

one person liked corriedale best in hand carded blends. a lot of people have tried top and at least two people love corriedale.


5 thoughts on “the usual…

  1. it’s so helpful that you are posting all of the info you find. I bought some Corriedale roving on Etsy, and I wasn’t too crazy about it. it was difficult to draft and I think the person used two different fleeces for the same batch because the fibers for each color were different.

    I am still willing to give Corriedale another chance because it is super soft.

  2. I’m glad others like corriedale. I’ve had potential customers say they would buy a certain colorway of mine it it wasn’t in corriedale because corriedale is scratchy. I’m kind of shocked because the corriedale I have and the ones i’ve spun are not scratchy. I also love dying it because it really takes the color very, very well.

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