Some much needed retail therapy

I’ve had a very stressful couple of weeks since we got back from Nova Scotia – both personally and professionally. I won’t go into details because I want to respect the privacy of those involved, but it’s been very difficult. To the point where I can’t sleep, am grinding my teeth all the time, and snapping at those around me. It’s like my grump-o-meter is stuck on miserable.

So, I took myself down to Romni for some much needed therapy. I wandered around, fondled my beloved alpaca (do you think anyone would notice if I had one as a pet?), marveled at the fact that my first spinning attempts look very much like the $20 a ball yarn they’re selling, and generally just inhaled the sweet smell of yarn and the chaos that is Romni.

I decided to treat myself to some roving. This is not included in the yarn diet as you know, so I thought I’d be safer there. Until I saw the merino/silk blend. OMG.


Apparently I had received some of this in a sample pack of roving when I took the drop spindle class last year. I had been raving about it but didn’t know what it was. I found two bags of it in a lovely blue/white combination and I snapped it up. At $27 a bag (for 225g) it’s quite expensive, but it splits into weenie strips beautifully, no predrafting required and it spins effortlessly. It was all I could do last night to force myself to go to bed. I spun and plied a sample before I started on a large amount – at this price I wanted to make sure I was going to do a good job with it.

I didn’t realize how much yardage you can get out of one bag if you’re doing thin plies. Good thing I like this so much – it might be the main component of my stash for a long time to come! That is if I can resist going back for the chartreuse, the orange and the green bags!
I am now spoiled for anything else. I have 3 lbs of Corriedale roving (I had no concept of how much that would be, but given the yardage that is going to come out of 500g of this roving I may have underestimated!) coming to me from Coppermoose, but I think it will be put on the back burner for now. I am spoiling myself rotten and woe behold the person who comes between me and my wheel right now!

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5 thoughts on “Some much needed retail therapy

  1. I know what you mean about the merino/silk. I have it in jade and rose. I love the stuff but I haven’t tried it on my wheel yet. I am in need of some knitting and spinning time. Work has me stressed beyond belief. Now if the accountant would just get that bloody file to me so I can get it done and get the hell out of here. Then I have the joy of coming back tomorrow. So much for my weekend off.

  2. I saw your post on the spindlers list, this is gorgeous roving! I love the blend and you are spinning it so lovely.
    Do you know a mail order supplier for this? i am spinning silk from Mawata hankies ( off the cocoon) and then plying with the wool seperately, how slippery is this to spin? I so enjoyed seeing the pic and your fine work!
    blessings, grace

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