Betta, betta, betta.... (are you using your best Paul McCartney voice?)
It's wonderful having a few spindles around! In my state of constant curiosity one must be in continual motion. This roving, merely mark 100% wool, is from the Angora Cottage, a local small producer. The preparation was smoother than any roving I have tried to date. It was combed into almost silky strands which made it hard to draft. At first it was a struggled to keep it together while it slipped through my fingers, but once its qualities became know to me, I was able to do a nice job of spinning. It plied up well and the skein just may be my most consistent yet. (Click to really get a look.)
Curiosity gets the better of me daily, so I pulled out Amy's Spunky Eclectic BFL roving. Chocolate Dipped was right up my alley and it is spinning up to be so fun and beautiful! The Blue Faced Leicester is very different from the above roving as it has a softer, fuzzier texture. Both types of roving took only a short time to understand. The qualities of both make good yarn, but the BFL is a bit easier to spin. Amy has such a fun color sense and I'm having fun playing with the colors while I spin. This pink and brown skein was first up in the spin cycle. The next section of roving is mostly red, so I'll add just a little pink to it and see how that works up. It will be fun to play and create different skeins by mixing the colors. I also need to put more twist in the BFL if it is to become socks. It has been interesting to try several types of roving and figure out the best way to handle each one.
By working with colorful rovings now I hope to understand the basics of spinning in color. Later I'll be able to share them with you when it's time to Dye/Spin/Knit. You might call it 'getting my ducks in a row'.
Smith took this picture at Silver Lake and I just had to use it!