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Cormo Pencil Roving—Orchid Fancier

27.30
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Cormo Pencil Roving—Orchid Fancier

27.30

Have you ever spun Cormo? If not, you are in for a treat. Spinners love this wool, with good reason: it's very soft, has a wonderful spongy quality, and spins up into lovely lofty yarns.

  • 100% Cormo pencil wool roving
  • made in North America from US-grown wool
  • hand-dyed with professional-grade acid dyes

This Cormo pencil roving was made from a gorgeous honey-colored fleece from Foxhill Farm in Massachussetts, processed by Morning Sun Fiber Barn in Iowa, and hand-dyed. The color of the fiber gives a wonderful depth when dyed.

Please note: this is roving, not combed top. When wool is processed, it is carded first to open up the fibers; the result of this process is called "roving." As a second step it may also be combed, which takes out the shorter fibers and vegetable matter. The result of the combing process is called "combed top," and this is the most common form in which spinning fiber is sold, so it's probably what you are used to. Cormo Pencil Roving, as the name suggests, has not been combed, so it still has some shorter fibers and a little bit of vegetable matter. 

Why then, might you want roving? Because, as a carded preparation, it is ideally spun woolen, with twist allowed into the drafting zone. If you love to spin woolen, or if you want to learn how, this fiber is much easier to spin woolen than combed top. Your woolen yarns will generally be lighter, warmer (because they trap more air), and fuzzier than those spun worsted, without twist in the drafting zone. The will also likely be less even. Roving makes a lovely yarn, but you should expect that it will be a bit rustic and uneven.

I use only professional grade acid dyes that are light-fast and wash-fast, and I strive to run my dye studio in an environmentally-sensitive way.

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Have you ever spun Cormo? If not, you are in for a treat. Spinners love this wool, with good reason: it's very soft, has a wonderful spongy quality, and spins up into lovely lofty yarns.

  • 100% Cormo pencil wool roving
  • made in North America from US-grown wool
  • hand-dyed with professional-grade acid dyes

This Cormo pencil roving was made from a gorgeous honey-colored fleece from Foxhill Farm in Massachussetts, processed by Morning Sun Fiber Barn in Iowa, and hand-dyed. The color of the fiber gives a wonderful depth when dyed.

Please note: this is roving, not combed top. When wool is processed, it is carded first to open up the fibers; the result of this process is called "roving." As a second step it may also be combed, which takes out the shorter fibers and vegetable matter. The result of the combing process is called "combed top," and this is the most common form in which spinning fiber is sold, so it's probably what you are used to. Cormo Pencil Roving, as the name suggests, has not been combed, so it still has some shorter fibers and a little bit of vegetable matter. 

Why then, might you want roving? Because, as a carded preparation, it is ideally spun woolen, with twist allowed into the drafting zone. If you love to spin woolen, or if you want to learn how, this fiber is much easier to spin woolen than combed top. Your woolen yarns will generally be lighter, warmer (because they trap more air), and fuzzier than those spun worsted, without twist in the drafting zone. The will also likely be less even. Roving makes a lovely yarn, but you should expect that it will be a bit rustic and uneven.

I use only professional grade acid dyes that are light-fast and wash-fast, and I strive to run my dye studio in an environmentally-sensitive way.