Thursday, May 21, 2009

Seeking Advice on Wool Processing

This weekend is the Great Lakes Fiber Feast down in Wooster, Ohio. Its only 30 minutes south from my house so I am going to venture down to check it out and gather ideas and inspiration for the MANY BAGS OF WOOL I AM COLLECTIING!!!
I know there will be some wool processors there but since I have never done anything with my wool I was wondering, "What should I have done with my wool?"
For those of you who do process your wool, could you give some advice to a green horn like myself as to what would be the most logical, practical choice to be done with my wool?
I was thinking of roving because I notice when I am reading, many of you do this.
I was also thinking about some batting but I am not sure.
And how much wool might I take to get processed? Like if I do roving?
I would like to take some of the Cotswold, the 2 bags pictured below weighed in just under 12#.
If you are reading and have time to comment, I am so open for some suggestion!!
Long weekend coming up......beautiful weather and I will be planting the garden!!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

I think roving is the most popular spinning prep; top is lovely but not many mills offer that and it is more spendy. I would rather use roving than batts myself. You would save a lot of shipping (if the mills you might use aren't within driving distance) if you take everything you want processed to the event. That way you are only paying for shipping the finished product back to you, and it's lighter (because of washing).

Nancy K. said...

I agree with Michelle that roving is a popular way to go. It's less expensive than yarn and you can dye it or sell as is. The only problem with roving (IMO) is that it takes almost as much room to store as raw fleece. It also can compress during long periods of storage. Yarn, on the other hand, takes up MUCH less space, stores indefinitely and is ready to knit with any time you want...

You have to ask yourself what you plan to do with the finished product. Do you enjoy spinning? Then perhaps roving is the way to go. If you would rather spend your time knitting, save yourself a lot of time & effort and have it spun into yarn! Either product has a resell market.

Good luck!

(says the lady with about 20 bags of wool in the basement and 24 sheep outside in FULL FLEECE!!!)

thecrazysheeplady said...

If you want to spin, then I agree with Nancy and Michelle - go roving. If you'd prefer yarn, you'll need to make sure your processor doesn't have a minimum weight requirement. Either choice would be useful and sell-able. Have fun!

kristi said...

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I will give roving a try. I was checking out prices like yarn vs roving and this could become an expensive adventure I am thinking, of course selling stuff like animals would be a good idea too:) And so Nancy that would mean 44 fleeces...gee I am not feeling so bad now:)

Terri and Randy Carlson said...

I like your typo "Great Lakes Fiber Feast", yes, it is a bit of a feast! It looks like a fun show, and you'll have a great time.

kristi said...

Terri & Randy,
Thanks for stopping by!! I really did use spell check LOL!! I did buy a couple of things so I guess I could call it a feast:)

Gail V said...

I agree about having roving made. I either have the mill roll it or I roll it into 4 or 8oz balls; people like to grab a ball they can just start spinning, so I sell them at spinning meetings and events. I also post on Craigslist, and of course, like to dye and spin some myself.
In the future I hope to get more savvy about ordering two-tone roving, like white run side by side with brown, etc. Enjoy!