Friday, July 14, 2017

All this wool!

All this wool is from 1 ewe. Buttercup. She has the most beautiful soft wool of all my sheep. This is some I just took out of the washer to be rinsed.
And this is some that's drying on the big long rack.
This is some more that didn't fit on the big long rack.

                                                   This is how long it is. It's just beautiful.

I have been washing wool the past few weeks now. I have already washed 4 huge bags full. I only have about 12 more to go. Still debating whether to take it to that little mill in Tn to make into roving. It's $20 a pound. So I figured if I did take it, being clean would be less weight. I don't know.

Does anyone else take their wool to a mill? What is your experience? I think it will be so much easier to just have roving to spin. Not have to go through all the carding. Which I don't really like doing.


Yarrow said...

I agree with you about having just nice roving to spin, but I also like spinning from carded rolags. It just depends on my mood. Your wool is so lovely that I'd be tempted just to spin it as it is, from a cloud. It's what some of my guild members do, they just flick out any tangles with a small dog comb and go from there :D

ps, I love your blog :D

Kris said...

Thank you! I hardly ever get comments so I wonder if anyone reads it.

I want to try just spinning some like this. Because to be honest, I do not like the carding process. It takes forever for me! I have a small Ashford drum carder and I always have to go over it twice. I also have hand cards, which I don't mind using. Then I have the combs, which takes forever also.

I would love to have a wool picker. I think that would make it a little easier for me to card. Or spin loose.

But it really would be nice to just let someone else do all this. Just did the last bag of wool. Now on to the 6 bags of alpaca!