Posts Tagged ‘roving’

Reality Bites the Blanket

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

 

 

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DKA Shop Window 2015

 

 

We’ve got this great big blanket in our front window. It gets quite a bit of attention.  It is pretty cool. Super big stitches are trendy and it is so soft! And it’s all over the internet right now. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, everyone is sharing images of a blanket like this. Trust us…don’t knit it.

 

@anna.mo.ohhio

@anna.mo.ohhio

 

 

She looks so happy because she knows she spent a ton of money on a blanket that will look this great for about 6 minutes:)

 

There is no denying that these blankets look terrific in the photos and probably for a day or two.  If you want to hang this blanket on your wall, or over a chair you never use, go for it. If you actually want to use it as a blanket, be prepared. Prepared for fuzz everywhere, prepared that the “yarn” might come apart if you snag it on something. Do you have a pet that loves to play with yarn you bring home? Well, this roving will be no different. And how will you clean it? Remember, this roving is used for felting too, so any agitation with heat and water may felt the fibers. The online source for the blanket tells you to bring it to the dry cleaner. I can’t imagine a dry cleaner agreeing to clean this blanket.

 

This blanket is knit out of roving (technically combed top), not yarn!

 

Roving is wool that has not yet been spun into yarn. We sell roving to people who spin yarn and people who needle or wet felt. Or to people who want to make cute slippers like these:) Click here to get details.

 

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Cadeautje Slippers @ysolda

 

 

Wool roving or combed top, is the fiber sheered from a sheep and then processed. The processing, very simply put, cleans the fiber (gets rid of hay and other organic materials) and then it is processed in one of two ways. Roving is processed by carding, which aligns the strands in different directions to prepare it for spinning.  Combed top is processed by combing until the strands are parallel.

 

If yarn is the goal then the roving or combed top is spun into a single strand of fiber, a single ply. It more often is then spun again with more strands of fiber to make plied yarns that you buy in our shop. Yarn is more durable, less sheddy and pilly than roving.

 

The wool recommended online for this blanket is merino wool combed top. Merino sheep are super soft! They have strands of wool that are on average only 3″ long. So roving that you would make for this blanket are made up of millions of 3″ long strands. Remember, these strands are simply held together with the oils from processing and the natural scales on each individual fiber.

 

Again, this blanket is knit out of roving (combed top), not yarn!

 

Whether roving or combed top are used, it will look good for a short while and then odds are it will be come a pilly, sheddy, dirty mess in no time.

 

Ahhhhhh! We hate to be downers, but don’t knit this blanket. Save your money.