[Jacob-list] wool processing and yarn ideas
Emma at netins.net
Thu Jul 11 16:06:00 EDT 2002
Linda, I am forwarding this to Kris Toman, who operates our co-op in Arlington NE. The co-op is comprised of
small herd shepherds, spinners etc. We have started processing wool to make the co-op work. Kris is used to
the personalities of Jacob shepherds, we all seem to be a breed unto ourselves. You might want to talk to her.
We too, want our wool separated, not mixed with other breeds, and done mostly "by the sheep". The co-op
prices are competitive with other processors. Hope this helps you and other Jacob Shepherds.
Lou Anne Thompson
Thompson's Faerie (where the wee folk dwell)
in S.W. Iowa
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Subject: [Jacob-list] wool processing and yarn ideas
Could anyone recommend wool processors? I have only sent my fleeces out a
couple of times for processing as I usually do my own processing. I have a PG
picker and electric drum carder and I'm usually happier with the fleece I process
myself than with what I've gotten from commercial processors.
Due to lack of time, I'd like to send out my adult fleeces this year. I can't quite give
up the pleasure of "getting to know" my lambs via working with their fleeces.
I would like to find a processor without a minimum run as I will separate fleeces
by color and type. I have two distinct types of fleeces - a soft and elastic type and
another that is soft, less elastic, but silkier. I like to process them separately. (Ok, I
admit it - I do have one not-so-soft fleece, but I don't need processing for that one!)
The more elastic wool frequently gets blended with angora, while the silkier type is
often blended with silk. Actually, I'd also be interested in hearing how other breeders
design their yarn. One of my favorites is to add some very black alpaca with my very
black wool and chocolate alpaca with the black wool that has sunbleached to a
chocolately color. It really accentuates the colors nicely. Another favorite yarn uses
the addition of brightly dyed kid mohair to natural colored yarn - just enough to add
some sparkle. Then there is my all time favorite - hand painted yarn - just so many
Any suggestions or ideas?
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