Spinning with Tasmin Comeback Roving
Sometimes, it seems, we get so caught up in the idea of dyeing fibers we forget that wool comes in a wide variety of beautiful natural colors. So when I decided to spin and knit a vest I wanted to showcase just a few of the available colors. I originally pondered using grays but then found three browns that would give my vest a lovely ombre gradation. The first brown in the trio is the Tasmin Comeback.
Tasmin Comeback is a mix of Merino and British Longwool sheep. This combination creates wool that is soft (maybe not as soft as Merino but still really nice) with a long staple length. The long staple length and smooth feel make it a dream to spin.
Here are the numbers:
21-25 microns. (The merino wool in the last post was just 21 microns)
Staple Length is 4 to 5 inches.
In the above photo you can see how much thicker the merino roving is. That is simply the preparation of the fibers but having thinner roving meant I didn't have to draft as much and therefore got a more consistant thickness of finished yarn. But with more practice drafting the difference between the two thicknesses might become negligible.
I also think the long length of the staple helped with consistency but it could have been just having a bit more practice under my belt.
The Tasmin Comeback created a beautiful wheat color yarn that was fun to spin and knit. I think the light brown goes really well with the white of the Merino. I thought about trying to blend some of the Tasmin and Merino fibers to create a length of mixed yarn that would make the transition in the vest less defined but was too lazy to try. For this project I really am just trying to make a consistent product and probably shouldn't make things too complicated. But the great thing is, there will always be more roving needing to be made into more yarn!
It is a little hard to see in the above photo but in person you can tell that the first part of the Merino yarn has more chunky and then thin sections whereas the Tasmin is, in general, much more uniform. It also took the twist nicely and plyed well.
Overall I really loved working with this Tasmin Comeback roving. I believe it was the same price as the Merino so it wouldn't be a cheaper alternative but the color is beautiful so that is the real selling point. Even if you do dye your own yarn this is still light enough as a base that you could overdye it to create an interesting color. As for wear agains the skin, I think it is plenty soft for a sweater and not itchy at all.
Looking to get your hands on some Tasmin Comeback roving? Get it on Etsy from Beesybee. And if you have worked with Tasmin Comeback then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below!