Rolags & Hand Pulled Blends

Traditional rolags are generally a woollen type of fibre preparation where all the fibres lie arranged in all different directions and cross each other. These are best used for woollen types of spinning, like using the long draw for a warm and lofty woollen yarn. But it can also be used for worsted types of spinning, like using the short draw, for a semi-woollen yarn.  The rolags may contain different types of fibres and were created using a tool called a blending board or a drum carder.

Oh Nina! rolags are created a little differently and are called puni style rolags where most of the fibres are rolled in the same direction. 

These beautiful little rolls are spun from either end after predrafting by gently lengthening the rolag to about 2-3 times its length. The colors you see on the rolag's length is generally representative of the color progression you will see on your yarn.

 

Oh Nina! Hand Pulled Blends combed tops are a worsted type of fibre preparation where all the fibres are aligned in one direction. These are best used for worsted types of spinning, like using the short draw, for a smooth and strong worsted yarn. But it can also be used for woollen types of spinning, like using the long draw, for a semi-worsted yarn.  

The hand pulled blends may contain different combed fibres with similar staple lengths and were created using a tool called the hackle. Each blend is hand pulled and thus, will have thicker and thinner widths throughout. It has a soft and delicate quality with the looser blending of fibres. Spinning from the fold is one technique that can be used if the spinner wants to preserve the colors better and have a less blended yarn.