Monday, September 10, 2012

Mama Goes To The Mill

Remember Mama? After washing, I had hand processed a small bit for a spinning sample. I was finally able to get the rest of her fleece to Ohio Valley Natural Fibers last week.

First it gets picked.

Then headed on to the drums (I switched sides of the machine for this photo).

Around and around from drum to drum.

And the last step turns it into a long tube of ready to spin wool.

Look how pretty.

Here's a video (not Mama) that shows more of the process.

This is Mama.

Guess who this is? Well, you'll never guess, so I'll tell you. It's Renny!

Huge, smushy Sherman. That's one fleece. I think it might become a huge, smushy blanket that I can keep forever.

Messy Boudreaux. At the last minute I decided to take his awful (too bad to show you the pictures!) fleece just to see what would happen. While I sure wouldn't try to sell it to anyone, it's clean enough that I can spin it. Would be nice to get something outta the boy. He can't really help it; the chickens are sabotaging him. At least that's his story... ;-).

This is a lovely (clean and washed like they all should be) Border Leicester lamb fleece from one of B. Willard's cousins. It's running in the first video above.

Lined up ready to go home. Renny, Willard's cousin, Boudreaux, Sherman (how they smushed all that into the bag is a wonder) and Mama. I waited on these to run and left several others for later pick up.

It's almost time for the Kentucky Wool Festival!


Becky Utecht said...

What wonderful photos of your day at the mill! Those bags of wool look SO nice. I wonder what kind of carder that is. It's huge like the one my friend just bought. And it was great to see it in action in your video clips. Thanks for sharing!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Sherman's fleece could keep a lot of people warm with all that wool ... how many pounds? It's amazing how clean and soft wool becomes when it is processed. That reminds me I have a bunch of bags to take myself, about an hour drive, need to quit being so lazy and get it done.

MarmePurl said...

What a fun tour that was! I am craving Sherman. But I only work with a spindle and that is A LOT of fiber! Perhaps your little post might inspire me to beef up the efforts to get a wheel..

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Looks like you're going to be busy this winter!! Love Renny's color and also Messy's! What a wonderful reward and to know who it is from makes it even more exciting! Lovely!

Lori Skoog said...

I love it when you take us with you! The fleeces ALL look gorgeous to me and I would have guessed Renny (by the way).

Maureen said...

Wow, how beautiful! Thanks for showing some of us non-sheep people the process! I shall never look at a ball of wool the same again.

Michelle said...

How cool is that?!

Mandy Pedigo said...

Beautiful colors! I wish I lived closer to the wool festival!

Alice said...

OVNF does an amazing job with fleece! They are worth the peaceful drive to Sardinia, OH. Sherman's fleece looks so soft and fluffy! Actually, Boudreaux's fleece looks great, too. One year, he was the star fleece for sale...... everybody wanted to pet his fleece and buy it!! Glad to see you had such a good yield :-)

Tiggeriffic said...

I watched this with amazement. That is so cool to watch.. I loved to see all the different colors of all the wool.
Makes my fingers itchy to knit again. I would love to have some of Renny's wool to make something.. Is it for sale? Just a bit?
Thanks for showing how this wool is processed. Have a great day ~ ta ta for now from Iowa:)

cecilia said...

wow! Look at that! What an excellent idea to take them to the mill. I would show these shots to Mama but she is too busy making eyes at Hairy through the fence. I shall post this post on my page tomorrow, so everyone can see. My inbox is a mess at the moment so i must have missed your email.. I am sorry, hope things are settling down a bit out your way.. love love celi

small farm girl said...

I still plan on visiting them. I got at least 25 bags of raw wool that needs cleaned and processed.

Terry said...

They came out so light and fluffy! Happy spinning!

La trib├╣ della valle dei cavalli said...

I will love to have a mill in way to pocess one fleece at the time...but if you have 20tons you will start to think about it! So I have to do everything by mysefl and that's everlasting job! I love four people fleece and if there wan't to go through costom I would have asked you some.
My deam is some Rebecca Boone!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wonderful to see how the wool is processed! Sherman will make a great blanket:)

Anonymous said...

It comes out so pretty! Thanks for showing us how.


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