Before and After
I was lucky enough to be at Mary's place when she had just gotten a shipment of new fabulous roving. As I mentioned in a previous post I bought 2-8 ounces balls to try of 100% Merino. Here is the before... This is Snapdragon roving and this is Snap Dragon in the process of becoming yarn. These are the bobbins that I used. The smaller one is the bobbin you spin the roving on to and the larger one is the Plying bobbin. I wanted to show the difference in sizes.
This is the Swift that you put the plied yarn onto to make a skein or a hank. You can measure how many yards you have and then of course you need to weigh the yarn too. I don't have a fancy scale. I use a food scale from Walmart. It works.
This is the plied skein. It weighed in a 7 ounces and 294 yards. I got 7 ounces of yarn from 8 ounces of roving. I still have the bits and pieces that broke off and will eventually use them to make a misc. kind of yarn. I will have to untwist it and then maybe comb it into all the other bits that I have in zip lock bags.
I am not sure if I really like the way the yarn turned out. I can say that it reminds me of one of those suckers that you buy at the county fair that is wound up in a huge circle. Do you know the ones? This yarn looks exactly like that. Too bad I can't eat it!