Re: [SCA Newcomers] Hi I'm looking for a good source of ...
- I'm not a spinner, only a knitter, so my information may be off a bit
- any spinners please correct me.
In my understanding, roving is clean, carded wool, with short and long
fibers all together. The cards look a lot like the rakes used to brush
a dog, a big pad with short wire teeth. It's possible to knit with
roving by pulling out long thin hanks of it (this is called drafting,
I believe, which is what spinners do - only they spin it instead of
knitting) and then knitting it like yarn. It's slower than knitting
with yarn, and produces an uneven thick-thin, lofty fabric.
Other roving-like fleece and yarn products are top, which is similar
to roving, but made with combs and uses long fiber only, and lopi,
which is a single-ply (one strand) loosely twisted yarn.
As to greasy fleece, the advantage is that it retains the lanolin.
It's extremely water resistant in a finished garment, but the
disadvantages are several. It's, ah, greasy. And frequently smells
very sheepy, especially if it gets wet. Not that sheepy is necessarily
a bad thing, just worth pointing out. It's harder to dye it too,
because the grease keeps dye from penetrating evenly. I have knit with
grease-in yarn and I like it very much, but it does have those issues.
One way around them is to use degreased (regular) wool, make whatever
you planned to make, then as a final step rub lanolin into the fibers
and set it in a warm place for an hour. Lanolin is available in
drugstores and Wal-Mart in the baby section. They usually sell a brand
called Lansinoh. You can get it online too. I used wool treated this
way for years in cloth diaper covers, and they never, ever leaked.
It's sort of amazing. I'd wash, dry, rub in the lanolin, "bake" and it
would be good as new. Only nonsheepy :-)
Phoebe, mother of a half-dozen
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things
with great love."
On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM, Beth Zurkowski
> Hi Phoebe,
> What is the grease for? and what is roving?
> --- On Sun, 9/19/10, Phoebe Gleeson <feebeeglee@...> wrote:
> From: Phoebe Gleeson <feebeeglee@...>
> Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Hi I'm looking for a good source of ...
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> Date: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12:55 AM
> http://www.rhlindsaywool.com has fleece, both washed and in the
> grease, and roving. http://dharmatrading.com and http://knitpicks.com
> have roving and undyed yarn.
> (I may be an SCA newcomer but by gum I've been a knitter for years!
> All of the above are quite reasonable in their pricing, in my
> Phoebe, mother of a half-dozen
> "In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things
> with great love."
> -Mother Teresa
> On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM, Beth Zurkowski
> <spaceship_pegasus@...> wrote:
> > raw wool that can be knitted and then be felted. Can anyone help?
> > Thanks,
> > Beth
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