We never thought our wool was much good, so we stuffed it into massive bags the shearer provided, stored the bags in the barn, then every few years all the shepherds in the area rented a semi and shipped the bags off to a mill, where the wool was turned into carpeting.
Enter an enterprising Hit By a Farm fan with an addiction to fiber. Sherry spins like a crazy woman, and offered to turn one of our fleeces into roving and yarn. Much to our surprise, she pronounced the roving lovely, and the yarn wonderful. Who knew?
So this year we put some of the individual fleeces in their own bags, and are going to give this whole fiber thing a try (not hand-spun by me, however, unless lumpy yarn becomes trendy….) Even as we speak a nearby fiber mill is making roving from #75-101’s fleece, and yarn from the fleece of three lambs.
We’re selling the fleeces for $6/pound (they’ll weigh in at 6-7 pounds each). A bunch of us skirted the fleeces on shearing day, but didn’t have a clue what we were doing, so you’ll want to re-skirt. At least we knew to get all the poop out. There is some vm (that’s vegetable matter for you non-fiber folks), but it isn’t too bad.
We’re selling the white roving. How much? Acckk! Don’t know. You tell me.
We’re selling the yarn, which will be light gray or light fawn, and packaged in skeins of 200 yards. How much? Acckk! Don’t know. You tell me.
Good thing my writing skills are better than my marketing skills, huh?
(Let me know what you think either by commenting here, or emailing me through www.risingmoonfarm.com)
(Photos taken by Don Pitlik, www.d-charles.com)