Have you seen those braids of combed, often hand painted, (wool) rovings that are sold in e.g. Etsy's handmade supplies section? They look so soft and the colour schemes are often gorgeous, but despite all that I've just looked at them, sighed and moved on. Why? Because in my mind they're only good for one thing: spinning yarn -- and I have no interest in spinning yarn. Besides, sometimes the finished yarn isn't as pretty as the unspun rovings. Oh, and they can be used for felting. Forgot about that as the one type of felting that interest me, nuno, require a tumble dryer according to most tutorials, which I don't have and so I've never pursued it any further.
But now I look more closely at rovings as I earlier in November/December stumbled over some pins of weaves which included bits of wool roving. After that I started search on Pinterest and googled for more pics of weaving, embroidery and other crafts made with rovings and now I know better: roving can be a really good material even for those that don't spin yarn or felt. It can be woven, knitted, crocheted, couched (an embroidery technique), locker hooked, braided (and stitched together) and much more. If you scroll down a bit on my Embroidery and fibre inspiration board you'll some examples of it. Except for examples of weaving with rovings which you find in the Woven pinboard.
Now I just hope combed wool rovings (like the ones in JaimeMarie's photo above and the ones I've pinned here) aren't too expensive. As I've not had an interest in them before I've never checked the prices -- and now I'm afraid of doing it!
Photo: JaimeMarie C [via Flickr.com], Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0