When roving has been created by carding, the fibers are less parallel and are not of uniform length. Carded rovings look fluffier than combed rovings, which look smooth and have a high luster. The fiber in combed rovings tend to be of a fairly uniform length due to the method of preparation.
Pencil roving is a type of roving that has been drawn until it is the size of a fat pencil. It can be used by spinners with minimal drafting. Knitters also use pencil roving, similar to Lopi style yarns, or when making a thrummed item.