HELLO SPRING? Well, it may be a bit early, but the forecast says 60 degree weather for the next few days!
A few months ago, I dropped off some Cormo fleece at America’s Natural Fiberworks (ANF) in Sommerville, Ohio. They always do a great job processing fibers and spinning yarns. Cormo wool is usually carded and then pin drafted to remove the neps/noils/short bits of fiber. There are only a couple of mills in the US that have the equipment to pin draft wool. I have always had my Cormo pin drafted but I decided to see how it would turn out if it was carded into roving. AFN have their own flock of Cormo sheep and are experienced with processing Cormo. I recently picked up the finished Cormo roving and it turned out really nice. The roving spins up into a more rustic type yarn (not smooth and fine) with lots of character. I really love the spun yarn. I hope to get the roving listed in my shop in the next week or so.
I took a few photos of the mill when I picked up the roving. The mill also has a yarn shop stocked with lots of natural fiber (wool and alpaca) yarns, rovings, and accessories. They also sell handwoven rugs and felted saddle pads. There are lots of other items in the shop too. They have a website for the yarn shop at: www.ilovetheyarnbarn.com and also a website for their alpaca farm http://www.blessedcriations.com/
The photo below is the fiber washing machine. It is really nice! I wish I had one. 🙂
Photo below is the felting table they use to make large felted items and blankets.
Studio stuff?? I have a warp wound and waiting to be put on the Saori loom. It will be cloth for a jacket (eventually!)
The sheep are ready for spring shearing.