This listing is for 4 ounces of Rock and Roll Fantasy Roving Strawberry Fields. The first batch sold out in one week, so I have tweaked it and created a second version. The base wools are lovely Border Leicester and Blue Faced Leicester fleeces with great luster, medium softness, and 4-5 inch staple length dyed in the lock in a range of pinks and soft reds with some taupe thrown in to prevent any garishness in the blend. It has both excellent crimp for memory and a good amount of drape, so it will be an excellent fiber for shawls, sweaters, any item needing more sturdiness, weaving yarns, and socks. It may be next to skin soft for some people, but I would not propose it as the ideal fiber for next to skin applications. Added to this mixture was a small amount of Firestar 2% hand dyed for a hint of sparkle and strands of sari silk, 8%, mainly in reds with a rare bit of green.
Pictures show a spun and knit sample. I spun about 10-15 gms of fiber with low twist plied to Aran weight, 6 wpi, and knitted a 3 x 5" swatch in 30 minutes. It was an easy spin! The swatch has a good elasticity and I found comfortable against the neck.
As usual, this roving represents exclusively US small farm fleeces individually selected. The sari silk additives are also hand blended. Our mill uses the most environmentally responsible methods. Both the sheep and their fiber are always treated gently and responsibly to bring you this sustainable, beautiful, and useful product exclusive to FIber Curio. Besides the recommendations above for spinning and knitting uses, this wool will felt beautifully, albeit a little more slowly than 20 micron merino. I personally do test spins, knits, and often test felts on every fiber I offer. While not all fleeces I buy are jacketed fleeces, your roving should still have minimal vegetable matter. Our mill does not use thermal or chemical methods to remove VM, so I cannot guarantee that there will be none, but it is better for the wool. Also, I always ship roving in a box to prevent mashing, felting, or compression that may necessitate extensive predrafting of your fiber to spin. Hence, it is slightly more expensive to ship, but it will be lofty and lovely when you receive it.
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