I purchased some roving at Madonna House a while back. Roving is fleece from a sheep that has been cleaned and carded and is ready for spinning.
I dyed it using food colouring. Vinegar added to the pot helps to bind the colour to the wool.
Every batch comes out a little differently depending on how the wool absorbs the dye. The natural gray roving turned rich purples and blues while the off-white roving produced softer lilac and sky blue colours.
Once it dried, I spun a bobbin full of each of the two wools and then plied them together to make 2-ply yarn.
The yarn is far from perfect but it’s passable. This is my first real spinning project.
I’ve got quite a bit of this roving and it’s my hope to spin enough to knit myself a rustic sweater. That plan may change before I get it all spun up but it really doesn’t matter. It’s really about the process and the learning.
It’s a very calming way to start the day. It will be a good activity to keep me centred as I head back to work on Monday after a two week summer break.