Please, what is wool roving?

suebdooFebruary 21, 2008

Hello knitters and crocheters

I was reading a toy pattern the other day. In the list of materials needed, it called for wool roving.

I have no idea what this is. Could someone please explain?

I sure would appreciate the help!


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Wool roving looks like wool before it is spun into yarn. It is just fluffy wool, much like what you would buy in a polyester bag of stuffing if you were making a toy and needed stuffing. Only it is much lovelier than any polyester.

The only roving I have seen in my local yarn shop is already dyed. I want to learn to knit with roving and yarn to make another pair of bed socks like the ones I bought. They were imported from Australia and are thick knit socks fully lined with the roving. Boy, do they make the most wonderful bed socks! I would buy more pairs for me and family, but they were at a school holiday boutique, and I cannot locate the seller at all. Nevertheless, I figure I should be able to knit some, if I could only find a pattern. I understand that type of knitting is called thrumming.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 12:02PM
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sheilajoyce, thank you so much for your response.

I don't recall seeing it at our local wool shop.
This particular toy pattern used the roving for detail work on the toy.

Those bed socks certainly sound warm and cozy! Now I will keep a lookout for a sock pattern as such.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 4:45PM
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sheilajoyce there is a pattern for your socks here

suebdoo there are many places to get wool roving, just search on
I see you're in Canada. You can try Briggs & Little, they have excellent service and ship fast
If you're on the western side try Custom Woolen Mill

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 3:24AM
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qiviut, thanks so much for the info.

I will check out Briggs & Little website as soon as I exit this site.

thanks again.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 9:44AM
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