I was surprised to get Deb’s email from the Vermont Fiber Mill letting me know that my wool was ready.
It’s quicker than usual, but I know that a lot of farmers didn’t bring their wool to the mill this year because of the pandemic. Without the wool festivals and fairs to sell them at, it didn’t make sense for them to process their wool.
Luckily my wool business is online, and there are so many of you out there who want my yarn (thank you!) so that part hasn’t changed for me.
What is different this year is that the Corona Virus delayed Liz from coming in the spring to shear the sheep. And when she came in the fall, some of the wool hadn’t grown long enough for shearing. Also, I only found out once the wool was at the mill that Asher and Issachar’s wool was too short to make into yarn. So I’ll have a lot of black roving this time and no black wool.
I think I’ll only be shearing the twins once a year instead of twice like the other sheep. Their wool, which is a combination of Blueface Leicester, Romney, and Cormo is great for hand-spinning and different from any I’ve had before.
Jon and I will be picking up the yarn on Sunday. I do have some preorders but I’ll be putting the rest of it up for sale on Monday in my Etsy Shop.