The pile of mess on the left is pretty much unsalvageable unless I want to hurt my neck looking down to fix it. The balls on the right are my finished product. I *might* be able to get a hat out of it.
My production at this point is 50% usable. But that was my very first try. I think I did pretty well!
I found a couple places online that sell wool roving for around $1.25/oz. The orange you see above was $7/oz. So, I think I'll mess around with the plain old, non-dyed, not so soft roving. Once I perfect that, I'll get the nicer stuff. I just can't see paying that much for a pile that looks like what's on the left.
I give spinning my own yarn 4 buttons up - it's challenging for my neck, I can only do short periods at a time, but it's lots of fun and very rewarding knowing I can make something from nothing.
Neck updateI got a new MRI done recently at a different location. Apparently this place is more thorough because they found 10 bulging discs in my neck and upper back. About 4 of them are actually pressing on something. I didn't get a lumbar (lower back) MRI, but who knows what I've got going on down there. The orthopedic nurse practitioner did not listen to me. I was more knowledgeable about the spine and what was going on than she was. I had to correct her three times when she tried to say "atlanto-axial" which is the name of the top joint of the spine. Something you'd think she'd know how to say. I gave up correcting her and told her just say A-A joint.
I'm going back to Dr. Turner with the new MRI results. He recently went to a conference and has some new ideas of how to help me. Crossing fingers!