Handspinning Roving

All our natural and dyed wool roving is from our sheep flock and is offered directly to you for all your spinning pleasures. Other fibers included in blends are carefully selected for color and texture compatibility with our wool.

Spinning oil (a vegetable product) is added by the processor when roving is created to control the static electricity in the fiber as it flies through the machinery. If your roving should feel tacky or sticky, it is only a result of this added oil. It can easily be washed out by soaking in hot water and detergent either before spinning, or after the fiber is spun into yarn.

All dyeing is done here at the farm by hand. No two dye lots of roving will ever be quite the same, so be sure to purchase enough for your project. When it's gone - it's gone! If I do not have a sufficient quantity left to fill your order I will contact you immediately.

Remember that all computer monitors show colors a bit differently, plus my camera skills are not so great.  If precise shade is important for your project please ask for a sample to be sent to you before ordering. 

Note: Shipments outside the US will likely incur higher shipping costs than are calculated on this site. Please contact me prior to purchase so I can determine pricing for you.

 

Robin

I got the brown sugar roving on saturday and I got to tell u it is the nicest fiber I have spun, not one piece of straw! I am going to be using it for the sweater I am going to make for the fair. I will deffinately be ording more from you.

E.



Are you a felter?  Wondering how Cotswold behaves?  It does felt easily but being a fiber without much crimp it doesn't shrink much side-to-side or have a bouncy 'give' to the finished felt.  It does have excellent strength even when thin, so don't be afraid to try some!  Here's one felter's experience: 

     

           " Recently I asked you about wet felting with cotswold, followed shortly by an order for two of your roving blends. (which delighted me upon their arrival. They are cloud soft!) You expressed an interest in my view after I'd had a chance to try felting with it. The short version is that my view is much like yours. I am a beginning felter but have a little experience with both romney and merino, and now just one experience with your cotswold.

It came out well in terms of structure, and beautiful in terms of your color blend. It's flat and uniform. It handled easily for me, similar to romney and easier than merino. I don't full as much as some other people so my piece is not as hard as it might be. However, it seems strong. It's not cushy but I can hardly keep my hands off it, and it's soft enough that I'm thinking of making a neck scarf.

I like it well enough that today I plan to order a little more. Thank you for such a high quality product! "

Carol T.

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Hi friends......   I'm working to get wool skirted, washed, dyed and back on the shelves so I hope you'll have patience and keep checking back. Most recently returned is a new color - Tropical Sea!


Natural Colored 100% Wool
Woodsmoke roving
 

"Wood Smoke"

$1.75 per oz      Buy Now
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This dark roving is a mix of parts of several dark fleeces.  It's blacker - lacks the brown overtones - of Tree Bark, below.  It does have some luster.  Some lighter gray areas of the roving will pop in a pleasant subtle way when spun.  Springy, but not quite so much as Tree Bark.  This has a long wool (Cotswold and Border Leicester) component that reduces bounce somewhat but makes up for it in a smoother preparation and some luster.  

A real pleasure to spin.

Cafe au Lait moorit roving


"Cafe au Lait"


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Several moorit fleeces batched together and made into roving!  There are subtle variations in shading throughout the roving that gives the resultant yarn a lovely depth of color.  Think of coffee with a lot of milk added and you've stirred and pulled the spoon out and the color isn't quite blended yet.  Yeah, that.  Fleeces used were medium grade so there is a lot of squish and bounce to this yarn.  Also a little bit of luster.  Spins by itself!  (Almost)  ;-)
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Snow Baby roving and yarn sample


"Snow Baby "


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White Cotswold fleeces made into roving! These are mostly from the gang of bottle babies I had in 2013 - Snubby, Fortune, Fawn, Nugget, Flopsy plus some others. This is a creamy white roving with the shine of Cotswold. The silky wool spins very easily, and makes a crisp semi-worsted yarn with barely any effort. Takes dye beautifully and gives color with a lot of depth. They are my 'babies' but this is Cotswold - sturdy wool strong enough to spin into warp yarn.

Very lovely and versatile!

Tree Bark roving


"Tree Bark "


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This roving is a combination of Tuxedo's fleece and another gray fleece I don't recall - Onyx maybe?  Eeesh.  Must learn to write things down.  Anyway, this is a very earthy colored roving - dark gray with overtones of brown from sun faded tips and a few touches of lighter gray here and there. There isn't much luster to speak of.  It's a very springy roving and the yarn has a lot of elasticity.

Crisp enough to knit a textured pattern and have it show up really well.



Dyed 100% Wool Roving
blue jeans roving

"Blue Jeans"
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Sky blue dye plus dark gray wool equals a roving the exact color of your favorite pair of jeans.  A beautiful blue with gray overtones.  It will work into a drape-y yarn just as comforting as those jeans, too.

This blend is largely Cotswold with a little Border Leicester wool. Silky hand and high luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn.



 

Tall Grass roving


"Tall Grass "
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Gray Cotswold and Border Leicester fleeces dyed with shades of green.  A good medium-dark green like lush June grass.  Some undertones of gray keep it from being too flamboyant.


Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn.

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Grape Punch roving

"Grape Punch
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More gray Cotswold and Border Leicester fleeces.  I was shooting for a bright lilac but the dye broke into blue and fuschia.  Wow.  This is a yarn with character - the blue and gray undertones are rubbing elbows with the bright pink.  A bit of an identity crisis here but it's nice.  Different! 


Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning and a great yarn.




Wool Blends
 

Cotswold Lamb and Alpaca (65/35)
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Brown Sugar"
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"Brown Sugar" is the name of this yummy lamb/alpaca blend.  White Cotswold lamb wool blended with red alpaca fiber makes this super easy-to-spin roving the exact color of light brown sugar.  Soft hand, some sheen from the Cotswold, and fabric will have a nice drape. 

This is really lovely stuff!


Cotswold Lamb and Alpaca (75/25)
"Whipped Cream"
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This blend is very popular with handspinners. White Cotswold Lamb wool is blended with white alpaca fiber to make a 75/25 mix.

Soft and supple with a sheen from the Cots lamb, this blend will also take dye beautifully. Garments worked from this yarn will have a wonderful drape.
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Cotswold and Silk

"Irish Mist"

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White Cotswold wool with just a drizzle of dyed bombyx silk added. It's amazing how little colored fiber it takes to tint white wool! This fun to spin roving has frequent blips of yellow, green and rust silk which makes the fiber interesting to spin and gives a nicely variegated yarn. The green seems to show the most and gives the yarn an overall pleasant green tint with the other colors showing up too.

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Cotswold and Silk

"Polished Armor"

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Natural dark gray Cotswold wool with dribbles of blue, green and pale yellow dyed bombyx silk. This roving makes HIGH luster yarn that glimmers even in low light. The blips of color are very subtle but definately discernable. This is some of the easiest drafting fiber I've ever spun. I couldn't stop spinning it - my sample skein is way bigger than it needs to be! Just the right shade of gray. Great masculine color alone, or throw a pin or necklace against it and it's sophisticated girly.

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Ashes of Roses roving

Cotswold Lamb and Silk (92% / 8%)

"Ashes of Roses"

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Remember "The Thorn Birds"?  Remember Meggie's dress?  This roving makes me think of that color.

Cotswold lamb's wool dyed a dusty rose with undyed silk blended in and with scattered bigger blips of silk throughout.  What a pretty yarn! The Cotswold and silk are both high luster fibers, so the yarn will have a very nice sheen. No elasticity to speak of, but a supple drape-y feel.  This blend drafts like a dream.

 

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Cotswold Lamb and Silk (92% / 8%)

"September Glow "

Temporarily Sold Out

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"Luxurious" is the only way to describe the rich color and texture of this lamb and silk roving. Chestnut, crimson and gold combine to provide all the varied shading that nature produces on the beautiful leaves of autumn. The undyed silk adds flecks of beige that seem to accentuate the other colors. And of course it has the beautiful sheen of Cotswold along with the silk. Wow!

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Cotswold Lamb and Silk (92% / 8%)

"Spring Meadow "

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Lamb and silk blended together in spring time shades of green, yellow, blue and lavender. This roving spins up beautifully - like a field of bright grass full of buttercups, violets and bluebells. This is a "frosted" roving, with the colors lying parallel to each other with the green wrapped around all, so you can separate them if you wish, or just spin them together as I did in the sample skein at left. Also, between the Cotswold luster and the silk, this fiber sparkles in the light as though it had some synthetic glitz in there - but it doesn't! Just lamb and silk.


A Note on Cotswold Wool

Cotswold is considered a "coarse" wool, which I think is an unfortunate adjective because it sounds as if the wool is scratchy, itchy or somehow unpleasant. Not true! I think a more accurate term would be "thick" or "heavy" wool.

Cotswold has been called "The Poor Man's Mohair" and for good reason. The wool is extremely lustrous, silky, takes dye beautifully, and can have great staple length. When measured in microns, the fiber falls in the 30-40 micron range, which is comparable with Romney, Border Leicester and Lincoln.

While it may not be suitable for baby clothes or underwear, it is wonderful for all manner of outer garments. It spins easily into a fuzzy yarn from which you can raise a halo similar to mohair, or, when combed or put through a diz you can achieve a smooth, hard, worsted yarn that will wear forever.  Cotswold has no crimp to speak of, so spun yarn has almost no stretch or bounce and makes great warp yarn as well as yarn for knitting or crochet. 

All in all, it is a wonderfully versatile fiber.


Dyed 100% Cotswold Roving

marigold roving


"Marigold"
Just 9 oz. left!
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Rich, dark goldy-orange.  Warm and sophisticated, certainly suitable for either gender.  And spins like a dream .

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Purple Passion roving

 

"Purple Passion"
Just 8 oz. left!
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Wow, this purple is deep and complex.  It's actually red and blue dyes combined but they 'broke' on the fiber in the dyepot and the tips came out red and the butts came out blue.  Card it all into roving and you get this deep purple with hints of dark blue and pinkish depending on how thelight strikes the fiber.  I probably can't do this again even if I try!  Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning.




Twilight Time roving

 

"Twilight Time"

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"Heavenly shades of night are falling, it's twilight time."  Remember that song?  Here are those colors of dusk in a Cotswold roving - burgundy purple, salmon and dark teal.  The roving is deceptively busy - when spun into yarn the colors break up nicely, leaving the salmon and teal to pop nicely against the predominant dark purple.   Silky hand and good luster make for easy spinning.




Ferns and Moss roving and skein


"Ferns and Moss"

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It's baa-aaack!  This popular colorway is a striped combo of gold, emerald green and chestnut.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  All monitors show colors differently but I'm not seeing the right green in here.  Even my 'big girl camera' isn't capturing how pretty it is and I'm sure it's my fault, not the camera. The spun yarn is predominantly a medium grassy green with gold and chestnut blips. It's outdoorsy and warm with the high sheen of Cotswold. It also drafts perfectly - practically spins itself. Beautiful, and one of my favorites.



roving In A Pickle


"In a Pickle"

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This is a rather quirky color.  Somewhere between green and yellow it looks to me like the juice left when the dill pickle jar is empty - just a little sour and may make your eyeballs pucker.  ;-)

Spins beautifully and has the great luster of Cotswold.


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smokey amethyst roving


"Smokey Amethyst"

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Gray Cotswold dyed with lilac.  The dark fibers keep it subdued and non-pastel and certainly approriate for adults of either gender.  Like the hazy lavender-gray of far off hills.  Spins beautifully and has the great luster of Cotswold.


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tropical sea roving

 

"Tropical Sea "

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$29.00 per lb    Buy Now

Very light blue, a medium green and a darker blue/teal color work together to make a blue/green yarn that manages to look warm and inviting, like the water in a shallow tropical cove.  All you need is a beach chair and a pina colada.  What a treat to spin in the dark of winter.  (Sorry, little paper umbrella not included.) 

And of course, it has the sheen of Cotswold.


     
   

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