Here is what I started with. This roving was sold to me as-is, and I bought it knowing it was slightly matted and a little felted.. planning to use it as doll hair and art collage. But when my ©Sling-Blade Handspinner arrived, I thought "Ah! All the better to practice drafting and splicing with..." This is what it looked like after time spent finger drafting, splicing, and playing until it became silky soft... yummmmmmy.....
And here, after loads of fun and a remarkably short time, it became yarn on the blade!!! For the next batch, I will ask Oscar to take a video of me using it. It's too cool!!!
It was really easy to wind the yarn off the blade and onto my laptop (each wind = 2 feet); much easier than when I did it the old fashioned way off my drop spindle a few days ago.And here the yarn is, having been soaked a bit in water, hanging with a little weight to 'set the twist'. (Please ignore blurs in background, it was easier than painting the kitchen before taking the photo LOL)
Isn't it pretty????
And I MADE it! (with a great deal of help from the sheep)
"We're gonna twisty twisty twisty
'Til we turn the house down"
(lyrics from The Twist, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, 1959)