I’ll admit I was a little nervous when we got to the Vermont Fiber Mill this afternoon to drop off my wool for processing. But I was first put at ease when I saw their alpacas then again when I met Debbie.
I haven’t been around a lot of alpacas, but as one of the workers at the mill said, they look like Dr Seuss animals. It’s so true, they gathered around, curious to see Red (who seemed very confused by them) and I couldn’t help thinking of Horton Hatches An Egg. Jon got a great photo of it check it out here. Later Jon bought us both felted alpaca inner souls for our shoes. I’m going to use mine in my slippers that I wear in my studio. I was thinking I would have to get a rug for the winter (the floor, although beautiful, isn’t insulated and gets pretty cold this time of year) but now I’ll have small warm rugs under each foot.
The woman who was there before me dropped off 20 bags of marino wool, all different colors. My 4 small bags couldn’t compare. Although it was comforting to see Debbie and her coworker oh and ah over how clean my wool was and the tight crimp it had. Suddenly I was proud of my four small bags. Debbie couldn’t have been nice, explaining how to figure out how much I should keep as roving, how much to make into yarn and the most popular ply.
We decided to make Zelda’s and Socks’ wool into roving. They were both smaller amounts of wool and Zelda’s white will be good for dying. They’ll make Tess’ and Suzy’s wool into yarn. I’m not sure how much I’ll have yet, but I believe Debbie will have an estimate for me soon. It will all be all ready in April. I already have a waiting lists for the yarn and roving. Once again, when I have more info about it I’ll let you know.
It was a beautiful ride into Brandon Vermont where the mill is and leaving I knew that I made the right decision in choosing this mill. I’m really learning to trust my instincts when it comes to such decisions. I got a feeling for Vermont Fiber Mill from their website which was loaded with easy to follow information and had a warmth and welcoming feeling that some of the other mills didn’t have. And when my shearer recommended them too, I knew I would try them. I’m so glad I did. I can’t wait for the April phone call that my wool is ready and then I’ll be excited to do it all over again, knowing a little more and enjoying it, this time without the nervousness.