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Thursday, April 30, 2009

crochet chain roving braiding

the first time i bought chained roving i was !!! ... so much easier to pull open and start spinning than when its braided. i'm surrounded by a bunch of superwash rovings and barknknit asked how i was chaining them up-- a few pics of the steps (and a minipreview of the new dyeing idea i had to try out)...

take one end of the roving, lay the long end over the top of the short.

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reach thru the loop, grab a length of the long end...

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...pull thru...

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...making another loop.

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keep pulling the roving thru and making loops til you run out...

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...insert end into last loop...

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...pull taut and you're done!

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yay!

this and nine other superwash merino rovings will be listed in my etsy shop tomorrow (may day!) at 9am (pacstandard). i'll have previews up in my flickr stream later-later today and can hold/reserve colors-- just send me a note.

[8pm: all photos uploaded]

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happy spinning and dyeing!

12 comments:

Rachel said...

I prefer chained rovings myself. It is easier to see the color progression, easier to spin, easier to travel with and easier for me to do than braiding. But the only comment I ever got about chaining was from someone who said she hated the chained roving and wouldn't be buying it. Go figure.

I can't wait to see the rovings.

Tikabelle said...

Oy! It's later! Where are the pictures so I can drool and reserve too many for my wallet to be comfortably happy? :D

(My verification word is socklele. If i played the ukulele, that's what I'd name it.)

Cynthia A. said...

Thank you for showing the roving chaining, but what the *heck* is playing on your TV in the background?? Ew... ;)

Minou14 said...

I sent you a note on Etsy! I love the colors!

Adrienne said...

Oh my! If I wasn't literally buying a house this month, I'd totally be all over the Etsy sale. *sobs*

Jamisyn said...

Gorgeous colors. That purple is to *dye* for...and I don't gravitate towards purple!

Gnat said...

Thank you so much!! I must try this when I get home tonight! The colors are so pretty!! Will need to check out your etsy shop...wish I didn't have to get my new pup neutered or I'd be buying tons!!

Thank you again for the great blog and the great instruction!

Julianna said...

Thank you for posting this how-to. I prefer chained rovings to braided as well, and now I know how to do my own (once I start dyeing).

Also, your hand-dyed wool looks so beautiful, great job :)

Kirsten said...

Wow! Those rovings are beautiful!

danielle said...

When I first started selling my hand dyed roving I would always crochet them like this, because it just made sense to me. Then I saw that all of the other roving sellers had braided theirs and decided that I must be doing it wrong. I know, so lame to follow the crowd instead of my instincts, but I thought that buyers preferred it braided. I still crochet chain all of the stuff that I keep for myself ;)

Your rovings were stunning, I drooled, then told myself that the hubby might just change the password on my Paypal account if I gave in.

Sarah said...

this technique also works great for camping ropes, then they dont get all tangled.

Rachel: maybe she didnt realize you need to pull the end out first and then work with it. ah well.

brandilion said...

I have been doing this for years on electrical cords. I think the reason some people hate it is that they try to pull it free from the wrong end and that is just a total mess.

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