I'm rolling in wool....
May. 2nd, 2005 @ 06:14 pm
well. My pastor raises Columbia sheep. He has them strictly for the ag exemption; they're grass maggots. When he discovered I spin, he was happy to toss some wool my way; it's nice, I immediately scoured it, dyed most of it, and began spinning. For a non-spinner flock, it is *very*very*very* nice. Bouncy - I'm thinking socks or mittens here.
Anyway, flash forward to this year: it's shearing time. He asked me if I thought we could sell this year's clip. Ummm, yeah, said I. So, I posted an ad on the Housecleaning pages, and made a post to Sheep Thrills, and sat back and smiled.
Apparantly, you spinners came thru for me. heheheheheheheheh. He called me tonight - he doesn't have time to do this, so, long story short, the wool is mine. He's bringing it over Sunday after church. He's forwarding all the emails he's gotten, and will continue to do so, and I get to skirt, and package, and weigh, and ship out all the stuff...and keep the proceeds. (Most of which I will pump back into the church - I didn't raise the sheep, so I don't feel right in keeping all the money. I'll keep a little of it.....but not all of it.)
SO - I gotta get the rest of it sold. I don't know how much I have, or how much is already sold, but...it can't stay in my garage. Himself's asthma would go nuts, and I just can't store stuff outside for long term. I am just about at critical mass on my stash (no, really, I am - I have *no*more*room* in the house to store fleece, clean or not, the garage is not conducive to proper storage...and I don't have the strength to wash all of it myself!), so it's gotta go!
$3/pound for adult wool, $4/pound for lamb/hoggit (or, as Pastor puts it "virgin wool" *g*)
Let me know if you're interested - seriously, it's gotta go. I can only process so much myself...and I don't need to hoard it!
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|Date:||May 3rd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)|| |
I would love to buy some from you. What a fun thing to happen. I have never started from sheep but my MIL has a source to a drum carder and I just got a wheel. How perfect.
Poeticpurl at Gmail.com
Great! I'll e-mail you later so we can talk!
Congrats on the wheel! Your journey to the Dark Side has begun! *eg*
|Date:||May 4th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)|| |
But a happy journey it shall be.
Don't twist so hard! I could use 2 or 3 pounds of hoggit. That would keep me in sock and mitten yarn for a while.
Cool! I'll be skirting it on Sunday, so I'll bag some up for you. I'll try not to roll around in it first....*g*
so we talking yarn or bags of fleese? Cause I would have no clue what to do with fleese, but I need some odd colors of wool yarn.
This is fleece straight from the sheep.
Re: Yarn. What colors do you need? You can dye a lot of different colors using Kool-Aid or food coloring (on wool yarn, anyway - cotton will take the dye, but it'll be lighter and not as washfast), if you don't mind experimenting, and if you need just a small bit of each color. (It's hard to reproduce colors exactly (for me, anyway) in multiple batches.)
Would this be good for a new spinner? I'm thinking 2 pounds of the lamb... Let me know! TY!
lisayoud at gmail dot com
I think it'd be good for a newbie. The staple length isn't overly long, or overly short. *g* It's not heavy on the grease, so it's not hard to clean.
I *think* you could probably spin it with just a bit of finger-teasing, but I haven't tried it yet.
Soon as it dries up out here, I'll be skirting and sorting. I'll let you know what I've got soon as *I* know. *g*
|Date:||May 4th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)|| |
does columbia wool spin well without being carded? I don't have carders, but I know some fleeces you can spin without carding...http://lwu81.blogspot.com
I haven't tried it, but I think it would do ok, once it was scoured. It comes clean quite easily...you'd probably have to finger-tease it, but it should do just fine.
For a cheap "starter" set of carders, you can buy 2 of the "slicker" brushes from Wal-Mart or a pet store. They're smaller than traditional hand carders, but they have the same type of teeth. I've used them, and they work OK. (The ones I used were a lot more flexible than the handcards I eventually got. I actually like the slicker brushes better, but they don't hold as much fiber!)
I've spun this both on a spindle and a wheel, and it did fine. It wants to spin fine, in fact - I'm thinking socks, here.