Roving by mojo1160


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

Available to buy on…

That’s what they call yarn before it’s yarn. Who knew?

Taken at the Fiber Festival at the NC AgFest in May of 2010.

Location: Raleigh, NC, USA
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Lens: EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Shutter: 1/13s
Aperture: F2.8
Metering Mode: Evaluative
EV: -1 1/3
ISO: 100

  • Featured on GEMS 11.7.2010


colorful, fibers, wool, yarn


  • klikker
    klikkeralmost 4 years ago

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, cool!!! I didn’t know it looked that either!! Really nice shot!!! Love the detail and blur contrast!! Nice!!

  • Well, once the fibers (usually wool, from one animal or another, but not always) are dyed and “carded” they’re wound up like this and then spun into yarn. These were for sale to people who wanted to spin their own. Presumably because they want a particular weight or texture or .. something. I can’t recall for sure what kind of animal this came from but it might have been Angora.

    – mojo1160

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    Great close up with wonderful colors!
    I love that you can see the individual fibers!
    Great shot mojo!

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    C-grats, Lacey!

  • Nel73
    Nel73almost 4 years ago

    Fab colour`s ;-)

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawalmost 4 years ago

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 4 years ago

    Love that shallow depth of field and focal point, James. I thought yarn, before it’s called yarn, was called sheep. Must wikipedia this. Lovely shot!

  • Well… yeah, it is called sheep before it’s called yarn. It’s also called “sweater” afterward. But there are a few stages in between. This wool (or whatever fiber it is) has been dyed and carded, but not spun yet. The more I think about it, the more I think this was Angora roving rather than wool.

    – mojo1160

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 4 years ago

    Rabbit fibre? Brr, those poor shaved rabbits. At least I hope they shave rather than use the entire rabbit. Remarkable what one can learn from a photo and a little sleuthing. Angora is distinct from mohair. Ah, if only I had friends with whom I could work THAT into a sentence. Spouse not easily impressed, sadly.

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 4 years ago

    Sorry, left out the Angora fibre. I am loathe to link to wikipedia, thereby leading viewers away from your photo.

  • Yeah, Mohair comes from goats. Pretty different. But they both shed about the same.

    – mojo1160

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 4 years ago

    The colors really pop. Great photo and congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks! I was surprised at its success, but my girlfriend wasn’t. She says anything fiber/knitting/yarn related is a lock. Guess I should listen to her, huh?

    – mojo1160

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