We're talking here about REAL wool. Not the petroleum-based, acrylic yarn that offers no warmth. Warmth radiates from real wool. You wrap a frozen hand in real, uncompromised wool and instantly the live warmth of the fiber starts to penetrate and ease the bite of the cold. When I say "uncompromised" I am referring to synthetic blends.
The long shadows have crept over three of the fleeces last evening which I had put in the sun all day to air out before sending them to Hidden Valley Woolen Mill in Wisconsin. I am sending 75 pound in the first shipment to Carol Wagner and her family who own the mill. Hidden Valley Woolen Mill They do a beautiful job of processing, which, in this case, means washing and combing the fiber to remove chaff, wash it to lovely cleanliness and "comb" the fibers into continuous strands which I will eventually handspin into yarn of many different diameters and quality. the 75 pounds will yield somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50%,,,meaning, that for the 75 pounds, I will net out about half. The other half of the weight is the grease (lanolin) and fiber that the mill removes.
Here is one fleece. Its weight is approximately 12 pounds.
It takes a BIIIIGGGG box to ship 75 pounds of wool!
I'm also readying the cottage where we used to live while we were building our house, to become a dye kitchen. I'll show it to you as I improve the space! Right now, it's quite a mess. It's actually an old granary, built in the early 1900's. MM and I lived in it for a number of years as we were building our house. It used to be cute and cozy, but over the years, it's become a junk storage area, and I've now culled the "keeps" from the "nots" and I'm on my way to re-installing the linoleum (a plumbing leak last year made a total wreck of the floor, so I am in the process of replacing it.) And, of course, it needs a good sweep-down and vacuum job!
This is my restaurant-sized stainless steel sink and countertop, which we'll install in the kitchen when I've gotten all the junk out!I was going to show you a photo of my spinning wheel and some of the beautiful yarn the LLW affords, but for some reason I am unable to upload any more photos. My computer is telling me it can't do that....so, we shall see. I'll share more on this as I am able! Need to call Frank,The Computer Man.