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It’s Really Her Roving You Know

I’ve been spinning up the Northern Lights Violets pencil roving from Louet as promised and should have something to show you by this weekend. I have been slowed down by life, knitting, and the Anti-Spinning Feline Overlord. But that’s just an ordinary occurrence around here.

This is a pretty ordinary occurrence too:

It’s her roving you know and she just lets me play with it.

P.S. I don’t have to stage any of these kitty-to-fiber encounters. They happen all all their own. Now that I’ve realized the internet is obsessed with kitty pictures (who knew?) I’ve learned to keep my camera handy.

 

 

 

 

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A Review for Louet – Opening the Box

As I mentioned in a previous post, the box of goodies I’ve been expecting from Louet came this week. When I opened it up it felt like Christmas had come early because everything in this box is a gift.

It’s a gift from all of you, my lovely and wonderful readers. Louet may have paid for the stuff and paid for the shipping. In fact they did. But I wouldn’t have gotten it at all if it were not for you. They (at Louet) noticed this blog and they liked the writing. They liked the viewership, the number of hits on my posts, even more. Because of all your views, they asked me to try out, review, and write about their roving.

So a very big thank-you! Here is what we got:

Wait. Hold on. First its has to be thoroughly inspected by the Feline Overlord and Cowardly Boy Cat. Everything that comes through my front door gets the sniff treatment.

Ok. Now we can take a look at the goodies.

I was expecting one bag of roving. They sent two (!!) and a bar of Lavishea Lotion Bar Cucumber Melon scent, which is a limited edition, special, made just for Spinzilla 2014, scent. Yum.

Each of these products is going to get its own detailed post (or two) but I couldn’t wait to share it all with you. Patience has never been my thing. Consider this a spoiler post of what’s to come on this blog!

Also I feel that I should be completely honest right from the beginning… I have liked everything I’ve ever tried form Louet. Everything. I have two Louet spinning wheels (one that I bought and one that was a gift). I love them both. I buy their roving and recommend it to my spinning students. I buy their yarns; I bought more of it just last month. I buy Lavishea lotion bars. So chances are pretty good that I’m going to like everything that came out of that box.

Let’s take a closer look at that roving, shall we?

It’s Northern Lights Printed Wool Top in colorway Violets. This is what I’ve always called pencil roving. Lovely right?

It’s listed on the Louet website as a good roving for beginners and I completely agree. But I’ll save that for a later, more detailed post. For now, let’s move on to the second bag of roving.

Wow oh wow oh wow. I realize that you can’t tell from a picture, but this is not an ordinary 8-ounce pile of wool. This is Dorest Down wool, which is a rare breed sheep native to the Dorset Downs of southwest England. I’ve never spun any before.

I can’t wait to try it out.

Guess what? Neither could she.

The Feline Overlord always did have very, very good taste in fiber.

Thanks again everyone. I’ll be busy spinning this up and writing my reviews!

Getting Ready for Spinzilla 2014

Next week is Spinzilla. I know, you’ve been waiting. Me too.

You’ve been stalking the  event blog and everywhere else on the web for tips on production spinning so that you can spin miles and miles of yarn in one week. Me too.

You’ve been obsessively and secretly planning your photo contest entries so that you can win in each and every category. Me too.

You’ve been spending hours sitting with your fiber stash trying to make the near-impossible decision of who will get spun first. Me too.

Wait. What? You have never heard of Spinzilla? No way!

This is the second year of the monster spinning event and this year you can join a team or go it alone as a rouge spinner. I was going to go rouge. But, then I saw that Hill Country Weavers had a team. They sold me my first wheel, they’ve sold me lots of roving, and even a few spinning classes so I figured they were the team for me. Plus, Hill Country is hosting a spin-in every night for the event and I’m hoping to make at least one of them.

So…. to get ready for the kick-off, which is Monday at 12:01 am, I’m spending the weekend spinning. Yes, really. I needed to clear the decks. Well, clear the bobbins at any rate. First order of business was to get the last of the yarn for my Mary Lennox skeined up, washed and dried.

Next I’ll finish the second bobbin of pewter and ply it with the silver.  I have no idea what this future-yarn will become. Maybe a Christmas gift.

In the mean time, I have (finally) decided what I’ll spin first. I made it a little easier on myself and picked two. There will be a spinning project wheel and a second for the drop spindle.  Like a true RovingCrafter, I need one project for when I’m on-the-go!

That’s 8 ounces of Fiber Obsessions Sapphires and Topaz for the wheel. I did a little test spinning with it and its easy to draft, and quick. Quick is good.

That’s a slik and pima cotton blend from Joan Ruane at Southwest Corner. Isn’t it just dreamy? You need a closer look right?

This fiber came from a friend and I believe she bought it years ago at a spinning retreat in New Mexico. She, my friend, had to give up most of her stash. The story of how I came to have so much of it is very meaningful to me and a little sad. I’ll save it for another post.

I’ll just end with this: The Anti-Spinning Feline Overlord has been very interested in my preparations for Spinzilla. We are currently in negotiations for how, when, and where I will be spinning these miles and miles of yarn in the next week.

I might be hiding in my bed room behind a locked door. I’ll keep you posted.