View Full Version : Fiber Types & Source Suggestions

12-27-2006, 04:46 PM
My birthday is coming up in March and my DH has said that he would like to get me a ton of roving. He's also coordinating with my parents and his parents so that he can get me some good stuff. I'm thinking about getting a pound of different kinds of fiber to try. I have some romney wool that I'm finishing up and a nice pount of chocolate alpaca waiting.

My question is what types of fibers should I ask him to get me and do you have any favorite sellers? So far I've only gotten stuff from Paradise Fibers - they're great but I'd love more suggestions. Thanks!

12-27-2006, 06:47 PM
Spunky Eclectic (http://www.spunkyhats.com) is fabulous -- she carries bulk natural fibers as well as a lot of hand-painted stuff. A good portion of my Christmas haul came from there. :D I just told my DH what kind of fibers I liked or wanted to try, and he chose the colors.

If you haven't tried BFL, I highly recommend it! The finished yarn is so soft and sproingy. Merino/Tencel is soooo nice too...a lot of places carry it...I know Paradise Fibers has the natural superwash M/T at a fantastic price. The Fold carries most of the Ashland Bay colors, and in their shop they carry a bunch of Blue Moon Fiber Arts handpainted M/T too. It's so droolworthy, and it's a dream to spin!

I've also really enjoyed spinning Cormo -- it's very soft, but the roving I got doesn't want to be very smooth...I think that the combed top might yield a smoother yarn. I got it from Wooly Booly Cormos (http://www.woolyboolycormos.com/wool.shtml).

I need to go start dinner but if I think of more I will come back later :D

12-27-2006, 10:17 PM
Three words......

Susan's Spinning Bunny (http://www.spinningbunny.com/)


12-29-2006, 03:28 PM
Ever try Alpaca Direct? Decent prices, good variety; FREE SHIPPING with $40 or more. :happydance:

I feel like going and buying something, but since I just sent most of my fleeces off for processing and already have enough roving in stash ..... can't justify buying more! Oh, well.......

In case you want to check them out, www.alpacadirect.com

12-29-2006, 03:44 PM
These are all great sites. I've been slowly shopping thru each and making a list of my favorites. My DH shouldn't have any problems getting this stuff for me if I give him a list!

Thanks again!